Aqiqah in Islam ~ Hi all readers! Do you know what Aqiqah is? Aqiqah is one of the rituals in Islam that deals with children, whether boy or girl. The ritual is done by slaughtering sheep. The slaughtered lamb is then cooked and then given to someone else. There are some important things that we should know about. That’s why I wrote this article. And, you must read this article to the end!
You should know that there are some things that are recommended in Aqiqah; two sheep for boys, one sheep for girls, lamb bones to be cooked not cut into small pieces, lamb meat and bones cooked to be eaten immediately, and the food is given to poor people.
Do you understand? If you don’t understand, don’t worry! I will explain it all briefly and clearly. Continue reading this article!
First; two sheep for a boy.
The first point we must know is, that if a Muslim wants to perform the Aqiqah ritual for his son, then he is recommended to slaughter two sheep. So, if he wants to perform the Aqiqah ritual for his two sons, then he is recommended to slaughter four sheep.
But the problem that sometimes arises is that sometimes not all Muslims who want to perform the Aqiqah ritual for their sons can afford to buy two sheep. If this is the case, is he not allowed to perform the Aqiqah ritual or he can just slaughter one sheep; one sheep for one boy?
The answer is, if a Muslim is only able to slaughter one sheep in the Aqiqah ritual for boys, then he can do that, because the two sheep in the Aqiqah ritual for boys are the recommended standard, not the required standard.
Second; one sheep for a girl.
The second point that we must know is, that if a Muslim wants to perform the Aqiqah ritual for his daughter, then he is recommended to slaughter one sheep. So, if he wants to perform the Aqiqah ritual for his two daughters, then he is encouraged to slaughter two sheep.
Third; lamb bone to be cooked is not cut into small pieces.
The third point that we must know is, that sheep bones that have been slaughtered are better not cut into small pieces. The good thing is the bones of the sheep are cut in large shapes. The aim is that the child’s bones become strong and not easily attacked by diseases.
Fourth; lamb meat and bones are cooked so they can be eaten immediately.
In fact, after the sheep being slaughtered in the Aqiqah ritual may be given directly to the poor. But it would be better if the meat and bones of the lamb were cooked first, then given to others as alms. This is the fourth point we must know.
Fifth; the food is given to poor people.
The fifth point that we must know is, that the meat and bones of the cooked lamb are given to the poor as alms, such as the ritual of slaughtering sheep or buffalo in Eid al-Adhah. But the question that sometimes arises in our minds is, can the meat and lamb bones that have been cooked in the Aqiqah ritual be given to neighbors, families, etc., even though they are not poor people?
The answer to the question above is; can. So, meat and bones that have been cooked in the Aqiqah ritual may be given to neighbors, family, etc., even though they are not poor. But what we have to know is, that poor people must be the priority scale!
All Readers! That is a brief explanation of Aqiqah in Islam. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
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Zakariya al-Ansari, Tuhfathu ath-Thullab, al-Haramain, p. 131.