What is Aqiqah?

Aqiqah is a traditional Islamic practice observed by Muslims to celebrate the birth of a child, usually within the first week after the baby’s arrival. It involves the sacrifice of an animal, typically a sheep or goat, as an act of gratitude to Allah for the blessing of the newborn. The meat from the sacrificed animal is then distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate, symbolizing generosity and sharing the joyous occasion with the community. Aqiqah is not obligatory but is highly encouraged in Islam, as it demonstrates thankfulness to Allah and fosters a sense of unity and compassion within the Muslim community.

Beyond its religious significance, Aqiqah holds cultural and social importance in many Muslim-majority societies, serving as a way to welcome the newborn into the family and wider community. It is also seen as an opportunity for families to come together, strengthen bonds, and celebrate the blessing of a new life. Aqiqah reflects the values of charity, hospitality, and unity that are central to Islamic teachings, emphasizing the importance of sharing one’s blessings with others and fostering a sense of solidarity and compassion within society.

Why does Islam value Aqiqah?

Islam values Aqiqah for several reasons, rooted in its teachings and traditions. Firstly, Aqiqah is seen as a means of expressing gratitude to Allah for the gift of a newborn child. By sacrificing an animal and distributing its meat among family, friends, and the needy, Muslims acknowledge Allah’s blessings and demonstrate thankfulness for the new addition to their family. This act of gratitude fosters a sense of humility and appreciation for the precious gift of life.

Additionally, Aqiqah serves as a way to strengthen family and community ties within the Muslim society. Through the celebration of Aqiqah, relatives and friends come together to share in the joyous occasion, offering support and blessings to the newborn and its family. This sense of unity and solidarity is emphasized in Islamic teachings, promoting compassion, generosity, and care for one another.

One of the Hadiths that mention the significance of Aqiqah is narrated by Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). She reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

Every child is mortgaged with its Aqiqah, which should be slaughtered for it on the seventh day, and it should be named and shaved.
(Sahih al-Bukhari 5154)


Aqiqah Donation

For Boy

Aqiqah for a boy requires the sacrifice of two sheep or goats.

CAD 300.

For Girl

Aqiqah for a girl requires the sacrifice of one sheep or goats.

CAD 150.

General Sadqa

It is highly recommended that a newborn’s head be shaved, and Sadaqah is worth the weight of the hair in silver.