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Thursday, February 19, 2015

WHAT IS AQIQAH

Assalamu'alaikum Wrmbth, What is AQIQAH in islam ? Aqiqah means or defined as sacrificing animal due to the birt of a newborn. The word "aqiqah" is literally taken as "to cut". This religious practice is performed by the parents as conducted by Prophet Muhammad pbuh and his companions whenever bestowed with a new child. Aqiqah in islam is usually performed simultaneously with the day of shaving the newborns hair.
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Goats and Sheep are sacrificed as a way to express our gratitude to Allah

What is AQIQAH law of implementation? According to the ulama majority consensus and experts of fiqh, to parents able in terms of money in performing aqiqah are highly recommended to do so. The reward for fulfilling sunnah of prohet Muhammad SAW will be bestowed good merit by Alllah SWT. Allah SWT in judement day will asked about aqiqah and the five times daily obligatory prayer as narrated in a prophetic hadith.
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To ensure our aqiqah is performed in the best way possible, its important to know the ruling


What is AQIQAH best time of implementation? It's on the 7th day of the newborn birth as mentioned in a hadith narrated by Tirmidzi “Verily Rasullullah SAW strongly encouraged that on the seventh day of birth of a child, he/she should be named, the hair should be shaved and the aqiqah performed.”
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The condition of animal for aqiqah is very important for consideration

I heard that AQIQAH was performed by the arabs even before islam, what is aqiqah in islam differs with the one practiced by the arabs during the time of jahiliyyah? Before Islam came, the arabs will sacrifice a goat/lamb, shaved some hair and put some blodd from the sacrificed animal to the newborn if a baby born was born. The prophet Muhammad SAW forbid this practice and replaced the blood with musk. This traditional arabic ritual are modified after the dawn of Islam.



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In the old days before Islam came, the Arabs had already practiced aqiqah


What is AQIQAH and QURBAN differences? First, Aqiqah once in a lifetime but qurban for every year if able. Second, Aqiqah meat are cooked before served while qurban meat are distributed raw. Third, in aqiqah the bones are not encourage to be broken while there is ni problem with qurban.



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Eventhough both aqiqah and qurban involve the sacrificed of certain animal, there are differences in this practices

What is AQIQAH recitation while performing the sacrifice? Recite Bismilahirrahmanirrahim and followed by this dua [Oh Allah, this is the aqiqah of (the child’s name) who is a gift from You and to You we shall return.]
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A cow has 7 parts for aqiqah while goats and sheeps has only 1 parts
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Camel is similar to cow for aqiqah with 7 parts


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Example of kibas (Aqiqah part similar to goat & sheep)

What is AQIQAH acceptable types of animal? From a hadith narrated by Umm Kurz the goats / sheep are used for aqiqah. 2 goats for a baby boy while 1 for baby girl from Sunan Abu Dawood Book 15, No.  2830. If a goat is used, it must be 2 years old or have already changed teeth. For cow, more than 3 years while for camel should be older than 6 years. All of the mentioned animal above must be healthy, free from defects (handicap - blindness, sick and insufficient nutrients).

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Chicken, ducks and other 2 legs animal are not used for aqiqah

What is AQIQAH benefits of implementation? Many benefits can be stated and here are some of it. First, bringing someone closer to Allah SWT since the first day of birth. Second, protecting the newborn from danger as exampled by prophet Ismail which Allah save him by switching with a lamb. Third, as a way a parents show their gratefulness to Allah SWT for endowing them a child. Fourth, the child name is widespread during aqiqah ceremony and people will know the birth of newborn baby.
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Implementation of aqiqah will strengthen family ties in islam as a way for family gathering
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One of known benefits for aqiqah is to protect newborn child from danger Insyaallah
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As a way for a servant showing gratefulness to his creator Allah

What is AQIQAH related hadith that might be useful for our references? First, a hadith narrated by Salman bin 'Amir Ad-Dabbi : I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "'Aqiqah is to be offered for a (newly born) boy, so slaughter (an animal) for him, and relieve him of his suffering." Sahih Bukhari Volume 007, Book 066, Hadith Number 380.  Second, Yahya related to me from Zayd ibn Aslam from a man of the Banu Damra that his father said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was asked about the Aqiqah. He said, 'I do not like disobedience (uquq),' as if he disliked the name. He said, 'If anyone has a child born to him, and wants to sacrifice for his child, then let him do it.'" From Maliks Muwatta Book 026 Hadith Number 001. Third, Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that if any of Abdullah ibn Umar's family asked him for an aqiqah, he would give it to them. He gave a sheep as aqiqah for both his male and female children. From Maliks Muwatta Book 026 Hadith Number 004. Fourth, Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa that his father, Urwa ibn az-Zubayr made an aqiqah for his male and female children of a sheep each. Malik said, "What we do about the aqiqah is that if someone makes an aqiqah for his children, he gives a sheep for both male and female. The aqiqah is not obligatory but it is desirable to do it, and people continue to come to us about it. If someone makes an aqiqah for his children, the same rules apply as with all sacrificial animals. one-eyed, emaciated, injured, or sick animals must not be used, and neither the meat or the skin is to be sold. The bones are broken and the family eat the meat and give some of it away as sadaqa. The child is not smeared with any of the blood." From Maliks Muwatta Book 026 Hadith Number 007.

What is AQIQAH ruling for delaying aqiqah due to parents cannot afford to do it? The ruling of aqiqah in islam is sunnah Muakkadah, if parents cannot afford it for the time being it can be delayed until they are able to. Aqiqah can be performed up to the child's puberty

What is AQIQAH ruling if someone else besides the parents (Aunt or grandparents) performs the aqiqah for the newborn child ? Aqiqah can be performed by someone other than the parents.

What is AQIQAH ruling for adopted child? Aqiqah can be performed for owns natural child and also adopted ones

What is AQIQAH ruling for performing it overseas? Aqiqah can be performed locally or overseas with conditions of having the intentions of performing aqiqah when the goat/sheep is bought and sacrificed.

What is AQIQAH related common misunderstood issue? There are many issues regarding aqiqah and here are some of it. Parents & grandparents performing aqiqah may consumed the sacrificed goat / lamb meat. Some people misunderstood that they cannot eat it.Another issue is aqiqah should be done for both female and male newborn babies. The one practicing aqiqah for only newborn baby boy is influenced by Jews practice. 506   
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