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2) A friend told me that on the 14th night of shabaan we have to read 4 rakaths for bibi Fathima Zahra and also that one goat has to be sacrificed in the name of huzur(saw) on the day of eid al zuha.Is it true that sacrifice should not be done in the name of a minor child?
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Q-1: A friend told me that on the 14th night of shabaan we have to read 4 rakaths for bibi Fathima Zahra
Beloved and dear Brother in Islam, the Messenger of Allah (saws), nor his noble companions, nor even did the noble and chaste Hadrat Fatimah binte Rasool Allah (r.a.) ever read a special four rakahs for bibi Fatimah Zahra on the night of the 14th of Shaabaan. And when the Messenger of Allah (saws) and his noble companions did not specify this ‘special’ worship, it does not behove the believers to innovate something that is not in the deen of Islam.
There is nothing in the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) that he did any special type of worship on this night, or celebrated or commemorated the night of 14th Shaabaan in any particular way.
Q-2: also that one goat has to be sacrificed in the name of huzur(saw) on the day of eid al zuha.Is it true that sacrifice should not be done in the name of a minor child?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verses 26-30:
26 Behold! We gave the site to Abraham of the (Sacred) House (saying): "Associate not any thing (in worship) with Me; and sanctify My House for those who compass it round, or stand up, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in prayer).
27 "And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: they will come to thee on foot, and (mounted) on every kind of camel lean, on account of journeys through deep and distant mountain highways;
28 "That they may witness the benefits (provided) for them, and celebrate the name of Allah through the Days appointed over the cattle which He has provided for them (for sacrifice): then eat ye thereof and feed the distressed ones in want.
29 "Then let them complete the rites prescribed for them perform their vows and (again) circumambulate the Ancient House."
30 Such (is the Pilgrimage): whoever honors the sacred rites of Allah for him it is good in the sight of his Lord. Lawful to you (for food in pilgrimage) are cattle except those mentioned to you (as exceptions): but shun the abomination of idols and shun the word that is false
The sacrifice is a rite of worship in Islam, and as with all rites of worship they can only be performed in the name of Allah Subhanah Alone.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 3 (part): Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.
If any animal is slaughtered in any name other than in the name of Allah Subhanah, that food would become prohibited to the believers!
The sacrifice on the day of ‘Adha’ is to be done neither in the Prophet’s (saws) name, nor in any child’s name, nor in any other name except the Blessed Name of Allah Subhanah. If one offers any sacrifice on any other name other than Allah Subhanah, it will constitute a clear manifestation of the abomination of ‘shirk’ or associating others with Allah Subhanah.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,