Is Aqeeqa obligatory?
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Assalamu Alaikum ! it is compulsory to give aqeeqa within a week time after birth of a baby or if we give aqeeqa later is there any sin. what is the difference giving it within a week or after that Please explain quoting a relevant surah. Thank u !
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Is Aqeeqa obligatory?
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It has been reported on the authority of Hadrat Samurah ibn Jundub that the Messenger of Allah (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 Aqiqa or sacrifice at the birth of a new-born is not a fard or obligatory duty in Islam; it is a voluntary deed and a recommended Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
If one performs this sacrifice, there is a huge reward from Allah Subhanah; and if for any reason one is not able to perform the aqiqa, there is no sin.
The Sunnah and recommendation of the Messenger of Allah (saws) is to perform the aqiqa on the seventh day of the birth of the child; but if for any reason, one performs it later, there is no harm. But it is obviously better to follow the recommendation of the Prophet (saws) and perform the aqiqa on the seventh day.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself performed the aqiqa of his grandsons Hadrat Hasan in Ali (r.a.) and Hadrat Hussain ibn Ali (r.a.) on the seventh day.
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