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Shave head of new born

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Is it cumpulsory in Islam to shave the head of the new born baby? It seems to be practiced as an Islamic compulsion in Pakistan but not in other Islamic countries.

 

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Shave head of new born

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Your Question: Is it cumpulsory in Islam to shave the head of the new born baby?


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2832 Narrated by Samurah ibn Jundub

The Prophet (saws) said: A boy is in pledge for his Aqiqah, sacrifice is made for him on the seventh day, his head is shaved and he is given a name.

 

The rite of the Aqiqah sacrifice is a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and is done as follows:

Sacrifice of two sheeps or goats if boy, and one sheep or goat if girl on the 7th day after the birth of the baby

After the Aqiqah on 7th day, assign a good name to the baby.

Shave the head and give weight of hair in silver as sadaqa (charity).

Eat the meat yourself and distribute to friends/family and needy.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4154 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

Allah's Messenger (saws) sacrificed a sheep on the seventh day for al-Hasan and said, "Shave his head, Fatimah, and give the weight of his hair in silver as sadaqah." So they weighed it and it amounted to a dirham or part of a dirham.

 

Dear and Beloved Brother in Islam, the rite of Aqiqa or the shaving of the head of a new born baby is amongst the preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and not considered an obligatory act in Islam. If one performs the rites of Aqiqa as performed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), one would earn a huge reward for following the traditions of the Prophet (saws); and if for some reason one does not shave the babys head, the most that can be said is that they missed an opportunity to follow the Sunnah and earn a huge reward from Allah Subhanah for their deeds.

 

Your Statement: It seems to be practiced as an Islamic compulsion in Pakistan but not in other Islamic countries.

Dear and Beloved Brother, to the best of our knowledge the Sunnah of Aqiqa and the shaving of the head of the new born is followed by almost all the believers in all the nations of the world. We reiterate that the shaving of the head of the new born baby is a preferred Sunnah, and not considered an obligatory act in Islam. If one follows the Sunnah, he will earn a huge reward; and if one wishes not to do it, there is no sin. The most that can be said if one does not wish to shave the head of their new born baby is that they missed an opportunity to follow an easy Sunnah and earn huge rewards for their deeds from the Merciful Lord.

 

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Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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