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Aqeeqah meat distribution

Question:

Assalamalaikum wr.wb.
I plan to sacrifice goat for the purpose of Aqeeqa back in my home country. I want to know if its distribution should be done the same way we do for Eid-ul-Adha or is it okay if I plan to do in some madarsa where the meat is cooked and given to kids.
Baby’s hair is shaved off. is their any other thing to be kept in mind regarding Aqeeqa? it is for baby girl inshaAllah

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

You state that you wish to perform Aqeeqah on behalf of a baby girl. The Aqeeqah of a baby girl is performed by slaughtering one goat or one sheep. Also, the baby’s head should be shaved.[1]

Upon shaving the hair of the baby, you should give the price of gold or silver equivalent to the weight of the hair in charity to the poor. After shaving the head, you may also apply Saffron to the baby’s head.[2]

The preferred time for slaughtering the animal and shaving the head is the seventh day upon birth.  If this is not possible, then the fourteenth day, twenty first day etc.  The method of calculating seven days is that whichever day the child is born, perform the Aqeeqah one day before.  In other words, if the child is born on a Thursday, then the Aqeeqah should be performed the coming Wednesday.  The fourteenth day is the Wednesday after, so on and so forth. [3] One may shave the head first or slaughter the animal first. Both ways are permissible.[4]

With regards to the utilization of Aqeeqah meat, just like Qurbani meat, it is recommended that at least 1/3rd of the meat should be given as Sadaqah. However, it is permissible to keep the entire meat for one’s family, relatives, and friends.[5]

You state that you wish to give the Aqeeqah meat to a Madrasah wherein the meat will be cooked and distributed to the students. This is permissible.

For further details on the Sunnahs related to childbirth, see the following link:

http://www.askimam.org/public/question_detail/30558

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

 

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[1] Heavenly Ornaments (Beheshti Zewar), page 293, Darul-Ishaat

 

[2]  مسائل رفعت قاسمى، ج 5، ص 200-201، حامد كتب خانه كراتشى

Heavenly Ornaments (Beheshti Zewar), page 293, Darul-Ishaat

 

 

[3] Heavenly Ornaments (Beheshti Zewar), page 293, Darul-Ishaat

فتاوى محمودية, ج 26, ص 417: مكتبة محمودية

مسائل رفعت قاسمي, ج 5, ص 203: حامد كتب خانه كراشي

تحفة الالمعي شرح سنن الترمذي, ج 4, ص 452: زمزم

 

 

[4] Heavenly Ornaments (Beheshti Zewar), page 293, Darul-Ishaat

[5]  (وَيَأْكُلُ مِنْ لَحْمِ الْأُضْحِيَّةِ وَيَأْكُلُ غَنِيًّا وَيَدَّخِرُ، وَنُدِبَ أَنْ لَا يَنْقُصَ التَّصَدُّقُ عَنْ الثُّلُثِ) (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار، ج 6، ص 327-328و سعيد)

(قَوْلُهُ وَنُدِبَ إلَخْ) قَالَ فِي الْبَدَائِعِ: وَالْأَفْضَلُ أَنْ يَتَصَدَّقَ بِالثُّلُثِ وَيَتَّخِذَ الثُّلُثَ ضِيَافَةً لِأَقْرِبَائِهِ وَأَصْدِقَائِهِ وَيَدَّخِرَ الثُّلُثَ؛ وَيُسْتَحَبُّ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ مِنْهَا، وَلَوْ حَبَسَ الْكُلَّ لِنَفْسِهِ جَازَ لِأَنَّ الْقُرْبَةَ فِي الْإِرَاقَةِ وَالتَّصَدُّقِ بِاللَّحْمِ تَطَوُّعٌ (رد المحتار، ج 6، ص 328، سعيد)

كفايت المفتى، ج 8، ص 242، دار الإشاعت

 

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