Can u please tell me the complete procedure of aqeeqah of a girl or boy and can it be done wid abiha of a cow.
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1)can u please tell me the complete procedure of aqeeqah of a girl or boy and can it be done wid
abiha of a cow
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Aqiqa with cow
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The Aqiqa sacrifice is not obligatory or fard in Islam; but rather it is a preferred Sunnah and voluntary. If one does offer this sacrifice as a form of gratitude to his Merciful Creator for the gift of the child which The Lord Most Gracious has bestowed upon them, there is a huge reward, and if one does not offer it for any reason, there is no sin.
The Aqiqa is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the new-born, and if the parents/guardians of the new-born did not perform the Aqiqa sacrifice for their new-born in their infancy for any reason whatsoever, there is no compulsion or need for the child to offer this sacrifice later or when he grows up.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2832 Narrated by Samurah ibn Jundub
The Prophet (saws) said: A child is in pledge for his Aqiqah, sacrifice is made for it on the seventh day, its head is shaved, and it is given a name.
It is Sunnah to offer the Aqiqa sacrifice on the 7th day of the birth of the child; but if for any reason one is unable to offer it on the 7th day and wishes to offer it later, it is expected that his sacrifice will be accepted by the Lord Most Merciful.
When offering an aqiqah sacrifice, the Sunnah or practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was always to slaughter sheep. Cattle (cows, etc.) and camels were normally slaughtered as a rite during pilgrimage. There is absolutely no example in the authentic and established traditions of the Messenger of Allah (saws) or his noble companions slaughtering cattle or camels for aqiqah sacrifice; their practice was always to slaughter the prescribed number of sheep during aqiqah; at least two sheep for a new-born baby boy, and one sheep for a new-born baby girl.
Thus, if you wish to offer the aqiqah sacrifice as a sign of gratefulness to Allah Subhanah for His gift of a child, it is best to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and sacrifice the prescribed number of sheep for each child..but if for any reason one wishes to offer a cow or a camel as the aqiqah sacrifice, the majority of the scholars are of the opinion that there is no harm.
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