Responsibilities of a muslim concerninga NEWBORN..
27 Jan 2011
³To ALLAH SWT belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; HE SWTcreates what HE SWT wills. HE SWT bestows to whom HE SWT wills female[children], and HE SWT bestows to whom He SWT wills male or HE SWT createsthem [both] males and females, and HE SWT renders whom HE SWT wills barren.Indeed, HE SWT is all Knowing and Competent.´ [Ash-Shura 42:50].
Surely,children are gifts from ALLAH SWT. Prophet Zechariah had no son until he wept andcried to ALLAH SWT for one. ALLAH SWT says,
³And [mention] Zechariah, whenhe called to his Lord, ³My Lord, do not leave me alone [with no heir], while you arethe best of inheritors.´ So WE responded to him, and WE gave to him Yahyaa andamended for him his wife. ³
[Al-Anbiya 21:89,90]. ALLAH SWT the Glorious grantedhim a son from a barren wife.ALLAH SWT says while mentioning the traits of HIS noble slaves,
³And those whosay, ³Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes´
[Al-Furqan: 25:74]. It therefore becomes imperative to fulfill some duties which ALLAHSWT has levied upon an individual whom HE SWT has granted an offspring.
1. Aqeeqah (slaughtering):
Aqeeqah is a term used for an animal, to be slaughtered for the sake of a new-born baby whether male or female. It is a Sunnah Moakkadah (aSunnah that has been emphasized upon) according to the majority of scholars. ProphetPBUH said, ³Aqeeqah is to be offered for a (newly born) boy, so slaughter (an animal)for him, and relieve him of his suffering.´ (Bukhari). Prophet PBUH offered Aqeeqah of his grandsons Hassan and Hussain (may ALLAH SWT be pleased with them). It isimportant to note that Aqeeqah should be offered on the seventh day as he PBUH said,
³Every child is dependent on his Aqeeqah. It should be slaughtered for him on theseventh day, his hair shaved and he should be given a name´
(Saheeh Abu Dawud,Tirmizi, Nasai). In case of delay, it should be offered as soon as possible for him. TheAqeeqah of a boy is with two sheep and a girl with one. Prophet PBUH said,
³It is twosheep for a boy and one for a girl.´
(Saheeh Abu Dawud, Ahmed, Nasai)
If a person¶s parents have not offered his Aqeeqah, he can himself offer his ownAqeeqah
2. Naming the newborn:
The newborn should be conferred an appropriate name onhis/her seventh day of birth according to Sunnah. The prophet PBUH renamed inept andunislamic names. The best of names are Abdullah and AbdurRahman. Ibn Umar RA saidthat the Prophet PBUH said,
³The best of your names in the sight of ALLAH SWTare Abdullah and AbdurRahman´
(Muslim). Names other than these are also permitted under the condition that they should not be attributing shirk or mean ill. One