AQEEQAHis a great Sunnah. It is part of the legacy inherited from Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) and a great Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Every child is mortgaged to his 'aqeeqah." The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have urged Muslims to make `Aqeeqah for their children on the seventh day of their birth. If for some reason it was not possible to do it on the 7th day then it can be done at a later date. Those who cannot afford it can give some other charity or just make du`a' for their child. NAMING THE CHILD Naming the child should be done as soon as the child is born. According to the Sunnah, every child that is born alive should be given a name. Check out MuslimBabyNames on Facebook. SHAVING THE HEAD The method of Aqeeqah is to shave the baby’s head. One may give silver or gold out of charity according to the weight of the baby’s hair. SACRIFICE One or two goats or sheep should be slaughtered as sacrifice and the meat should be distributed among the poor, the friends, and the family members can use part of it. Check out your local HMA Certified meat shop or welfare centre.
CIRCUMCISION Only male circumcision is an obligatory Sunnah and it should not be neglected. Circumcision is NOT covered by OHIP. Make sure you get the circumcision appointment for your baby boy while you are in the hospital. Circumcision costs around $100. However, once the baby is 30 days old, the circumcison procedure will then be considered as a day surgery and may cost $500. Contact your family doctor or paediatrician to schedule an appointment. If you have any doctors to recommend please let us know through our Contact tab above. Recommended Dr Shuja Hafiz is a well know paediatrician in Mississauga who performs these services. He is located at 2227 South Millway, Mississauga, ON L5L 3R6. Contact# 905-569-9798. Click Here for Ratings
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