Aqiqah

Aqiqah, an Islamic terminology, is defined as the animal that is slaughtered on the occasion of the child’s birth.

Aqiqah is a type of sadaqah and it is also sunnah. According to another hadith from Ja’far al-Sadiq, every born is in pawn of Aqiqah; namely, it would be exposed to death/kinds of calamities if they don’t do Aqiqah for the child. It is Sunnah for the parents to eat from the meat of Aqiqah.

Aqiqah is a type of sadaqah and it is also a sunnah. According to another hadith from Ja’far al-Sadiq, every born is in pawn of Aqeeqah; namely, it would be exposed to death/kinds of calamities if they don’t do Aqeeqah for the child. It is Sunnah for the parents to eat from the meat of Aqiqah.

Crisis Aid’s Aqiqah pack comprises of the sacrifice of one animal (for a girl) or two (for a boy). Aqiqah meat is distributed to the poor and orphans.

Why is Aqiqah important?

At Crisis Aid, we have a duty to be there for those who are most in need of our support.

Millions of people struggle every day with poverty. Many people go days and months without proper food. Your donation could provide a family with a meal and give them the vital nutrients they need. They would also have the chance to share in the celebration of new life. The reward of this beloved Sunnah benefits so many of us.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provided an Aqiqah to each of his two grandsons.

Imam al-Hasan and Imam al-Husain.

Crisis Aid has designed its Aqiqah Project to allow people to donate the sacrifice meal directly to those most in need.

The Aqiqah Pack

The Crisis Aid Aqiqah Pack encompasses all these aspects and includes The sacrifice of one or two Aqiqah animals (depending on the gender of the child) distribution to the poor and needy, including orphans and the elderly.

Aqiqah for Boy

When a boy is born, you sacrifice two goats

Aqiqah for Girl

When a girl is born, you sacrifice one goat

Sadaqah Sacrifice

Voluntary sacrifice performed for the sake of Allah

What is Aqiqah?

Aqiqah, an Islamic terminology, is defined as the animal that is slaughtered on the occasion of the child’s birth. – “For the child there should be Aqiqah. On behalf of the child make sacrifice and remove the hair.” Hadith (Bukhari)

When should Aqiqah be performed?

The preferable time for aqiqah is the seventh day after the child’s birth. If this has not been done on the required day then it should be done as soon as possible without delay.

What is the Purpose of Aqiqah?

The performance of Aqiqah is highly encouraged. It is to be performed by the parents or the guardians of the child. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions used to perform Aqiqah when they were bestowed with a new born. There are many benefits in the performance of Aqiqah. One is the announcing the birth of the baby. Being bestowed with a child is a great blessing from the creator. Another purpose is inviting family members, neighbours, and friends to celebrate the blessed occasion. The poor should be included in the celebration by offering them food and meat.

Types of animals to be slaughtered

The following is a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) where he advised Aqiqah should be a goat or sheep. Narrated Umm Kurz: The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Two sheep which resemble each other are to be sacrificed for a boy and one for a girl.” (Sunan Abu Dawood Book 15, No. 2830)

The condition of the animal for Aqiqah

The condition of the animals in Aqiqah is the same as the conditions for the animals in qurbani. The animals to be slaughtered must be a goat, sheep, cows or camels. For camels, it must be older than six years, for cows the age must be older than three years and for goats and sheep, it must be older than two years. The animals must not be such as blind, sic, limp or undernourished. The animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate humane way according to the shariah.