Topic #47: Welcoming a newborn baby in Islam.
Welcoming a newborn baby in Islam. [how to welcome new born baby in islam; newborn babies in islam; newborn babies in islam]
There is no action prescribed in sharia for preparing to welcome a new baby before he/she is born. But one can recite general dua, such as praying for the newborn to be safe and sound, to be guided, and so on.
Some things to consider after birth are:
It was reported that Abu Moosa said: “I had a baby boy, and I brought him to the Prophet (PBUH). He named him Ibrahim, did Tahneek with some dates and prayed for Allah to bless him, then he gave him back to me.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5150; Muslim, 2145). Tahneek means putting something sweet, such as dates or honey, in the child’s mouth when he is first born.
'Aqeeqah (sacrificing allowed animal on the birth of a child): It was reported that ‘Aa’ishah said: the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did ‘aqiqah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn on the seventh day, and gave them their names. (Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan, 12/127; al-Haakim, 4/264). Scholars mention that the 'aqiqah of a boy should be done by sacrificing 2 animals and of a girl by sacrificing 1 animal.
Circumcision (for boys): It was reported from Salman ibn ‘Aamir that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “For the boy there should be an ‘aqiqah. Slaughter (an animal) for him and remove the harmful thing [i.e., the foreskin] from him.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1515; al-Nasaa’i, 4214; Abu Dawood, 2839; Ibn Maajah, 3164).
Adhan in right ear:
Among the Sunnahs for welcoming the newborn, the scholars mentioned that the Adhan should be recited into the baby’s right ear so that the first thing he hears in this world will be the words of Tawheed, which will have a great and blessed effect on the child. With regard to reciting the iqaamah in the child’s left ear, there is nothing to prove that this is required.
Shaving the child’s head then anointing the child’s head with saffron is very beneficial. Then it is prescribed to give in charity gold or silver equal in weight to the hair. This does not have to be done by actually weighing the hair.
And Allah knows best!
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