What is Aqiqah?
What is Aqiqah?
The birth of a child is a great blessing and gift from Allah SWT that Muslims around the world celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. One of the many ways this is celebrated is through Aqiqah.
Aqiqah is the act of sacrificing an animal to mark the occasion of a child’s birth. Ideally, this should be performed seven days after the birth of the child – or failing that, every subsequent seven days before the child is mature – based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
Why Celebrate with Aqiqah?
Performing Aqiqah following the birth of a child is highly recommended for the parent or guardian. This is beneficial for many reasons; along with the aim of announcing the birth of your child and thanking Allah SWT for such a blessing, it helps to unite family members and loved ones on this special occasion.
It also gives us an opportunity to share our celebrations with those less fortunate than ourselves – such as orphans and those in need – by offering the meat from the sacrifice with them.
The Aqiqah for a boy child and a girl child varies; the sacrifice for a baby boy is the equivalent of two sacrifices and the sacrifice for a baby girl is one.
The act of shaving the head is also carried out at this time and the hair is then weighed. A monetary donation is then given to the needy and orphans based on the weight of the hair. The value of this is gauged by the current rate of silver at that time (this usually works out to approximately £10) if the Aqiqah is performed within a few days of birth.
The Animals Slaughtered for Aqiqah
The animals used for sacrifice during Aqiqah are similar to those at Qurbani. Traditionally, a goat or sheep may be sacrificed for Aqiqah but this can also be a cow or camel. Just like the conditions of sacrifice for Qurbani, that animal must be in good health and be slaughtered in a humane way.
Animals sacrificed for Aqiqah must be of a certain age before slaughter:
Sheep – 6 months +
Goat – 12 months +
Cow – 3 years +
Camel – 6 years +
Donate your Aqiqah Online
The current value of an Aqiqah donation with Islamic Help is £60 for Tanzania, Cameroon or Bangladesh.
With your help, we can help those around the world who less fortunate than ourselves – whose lives have been torn apart through no fault of their own. Your donations can help us provide much-needed food to refugees in Cameroon who have been fleeing violence in the Central African Republic; Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh or poverty-stricken families in Tanzania.
Celebrate the birth of your child and donate your Aqiqah online with Islamic Help today.