. Is it customary according to Islamic rites that the hands of the new born baby must touch the animal ? Moreover she want the animal to sacrified in India
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Salam-ale-kum. I have read the chapter on Aqiqa. My question is that a baby girl was
to my daughter in
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Your Question: Is it customary according to Islamic rites that the hands of the new born baby must touch the animal ?
There is absolutely nothing in the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) which dictates or allows this ritual whereby the hands of the new born baby must touch the animal or its blood, etc. This ritual or act whereby one believes that it is necessary or is an Islamic rite for the baby to touch the sacrificial animal or its blood is an innovation in the deen, and must be avoided by the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day.
Your Question: Moreover she want the animal to
It is the preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) for the parents to offer an aqiqah sacrifice as a sign of being grateful for the Mercy and Grace of their Lord at the birth of a baby. Although it would be best and preferred to offer the sacrifice and consume and distribute the meat in the society or community where one resides; but if for any reason one finds it difficult to offer the sacrifice where one resides and wishes to offer it in another nation, there is absolutely no restriction and no harm.
Your Question: Further Is it necessary to sacrifice
the animal and instead she can
distribute the money value of the animal to the needy and poor in
Just as prayers, zakah, sadaqah, etc. are specific acts of worship, offerring a sacrifice in the name of Allah Subhanah is considered a specific act of worship in Islam; and it would neither be appropriate nor in accordance with the Sunnah to substitute the sacrifice and offer its value in money or anything else.
It would be in accordance with the Sunnah to offer a sacrifice in the name of Allah at the birth of their child as a sign of their gratitude at the Mercy and Grace of their Lord Most Gracious; and if one wishes to earn further reward, one may further distribute sadaqah amongst the poor and the needy for the Pleasure of their Lord. But to substitute the worship of offering a sacrifice and distribute only money would not be appropriate nor in accordance with the Sunnah or Way of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
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