Fatwa n° 331
Category: Fatwas about Drinks and Foods – Al-‘Aqîqa (Sacrifice for the newborn)
Concerning the conditions of Al-‘Aqîqa
Is the beast (ovine or caprine) sacrificed for An-Naşîka(1) concerned by the same conditions as the beast sacrificed in the day of Eid? And may Allah reward you.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection:
An-Naşîka has the same status as the pilgrimage offerings, sacrifices and Al-Hady(2).It is subject to the rulings concerning Al-Hady and sacrifices; and to the rulings regarding charity, gift and donation and all that entails drawing closer to Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Therefore, its [valid] age for immolation is taken into consideration. Furthermore, it must not be one-eyed, skinny, lame, broken or sick. In addition, it is not permissible to sell anything of its flesh nor of its skin; among other known rulings pertaining to the sacrifice. Nevertheless, association in [buying and offering] Al-‘Aqîqa is not permissible, unlike the pilgrimage offering and the sacrifice.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah عزَّ وجلَّ. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.
(1) Al-‘Aqîqa and An-Naşîka are synonyms in Arabic. Translator’s note.
(2) Al-Hady: animal given for immolation in the sacred place. Translator’s note.