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Aqiqah, shaving and circumcision
By:Fadil
Date: Monday, 1 March 2010, 9:41 am

THIS IS PURE N2I. AQEEQAH IS A RITUAL OF THE TIMES OF JAHILIYYAH. "IMAMS" ISLAMIZED IT LATER.
-SA
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Dear brothers and sisters,

what is the islamic treatment to be giving to a new-born baby (aqiqah, shaving the baby's head, circumcision, etc)?

Below is some information i got from the net

The Aqiqah

After the seventh day of the arrival of the new-born, as a form of welcome for it and to give thanks to the One who gave the blessings, it is prescribed to slaughter a sheep. The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"Every child is in pledge for its Aqiqah which is sacrificed for it o­n its seventh day, and it is named o­n it, and its head is shaved" [Abu Dawud]

If the new-born is a boy then two sheep are to be sacrificed, and if it is a girl then o­ne sheep. This is the position of the majority of the scholars and Companions. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"For the boy two equal sheep, and for the girl, a single sheep." [ibn Majah]

So it is permissible to sacrifice the male or female sheep or goat, and this is best. As for sacrificing other animals then the scholars have differed over this.

The sacrifice should be done by the father or a close relative, for our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) performed the Aqiqah for his two grandsons. It is also obligatory to mention the name of Allah over it while sacrificing, and if a close relative is performing the Aqiqah then he should add, 'This Aqiqah is the Aqiqah of so and so' mentioning the name of the person on whose behalf he is performing the Aqiqah, as is reported in the hadith related by al-Bayhaqi.

The meat of the sacrifice may be distributed cooked or uncooked,, but it is preferred that it should be cooked as this leads to greater blessing as mentioned by a group of the scholars.

Shaving the baby's head

On the seventh day after the birth the head of the baby should be shaved. So when al-Hasan was born the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told his daughter, Fatima,

"Shave his head and give the weight of his hair in silver to the poor" [Ahmad]

The right side of the head should be shaved first, then the left as mentioned in the hadith,

"Shave, and he indicated to the right side of his head, and then the left" [Muslim]

It is not permissible to shave a part of the head and leave a part, as this was prohibited by the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) as reported by al-Bukhari. The strongest view seems to be that the head of the boy or the girl should be shaved, as is reported that Fatimah weighed the hair of her daughter (Muwatta) but the scholars differ o­n this, and Allah knows best.

The shaving should be done after the sacrifice, and our pious predecessors liked to rub some perfume over the baby's head after the shaving.

Then it is prescribed to give the value of the weight of the baby's hair in silver in charity, and it is recommended to give this charity o­n the seventh day also, but it is not necessary to do so, and may be delayed.

Circumcision

It is prescribed that the boy be circumcised, it is recommended that the circumcision take place on the seventh day, but it is obligatory to circumcise before the boy reaches puberty.

Messages In This Thread

Aqiqah, shaving and circumcision
Fadil -- Monday, 1 March 2010, 9:41 am
Re: Aqiqah, shaving and - Jahiliyyah
Dr Shabbir -- Monday, 1 March 2010, 12:08 pm
Re: Aqiqah, shaving and - Jahiliyyah
Amir -- Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 5:47 am
Re: Aqiqah, shaving and - Jahiliyyah
Dr Shabbir -- Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 12:02 pm
Re: Aqiqah, shaving and - Jahiliyyah
Amir -- Thursday, 4 March 2010, 11:08 am
Re: Aqiqah, shaving and circumcision
Jawaid Ahmed -- Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 8:45 am
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Dr Shabbir -- Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 11:34 am
Re: Which biblical link is the best?
Jawaid Ahmed -- Thursday, 4 March 2010, 8:49 am
Re: Which biblical link is the best?
Dr Shabbir -- Thursday, 4 March 2010, 11:56 am
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Jawaid Ahmed -- Thursday, 4 March 2010, 2:38 pm