What are the things to do for a newborn baby?
Assalaam u Alaikum Mufti Sahib. What should the father do as soon after the baby is born?
It order to obtain blessings the following should be done:
? The afterbirth (placenta) and navel cord should be buried with due care
since they are parts of the human body.
? Upon birth: the newly born child should be given a proper Ghusl.
? Thereafter, the first words to reach the child’s ears should be the
message of the Greatness and Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam). This is done by giving Adhaan near
the right ear and Iqaamat close to the left ear (this noble act should be
preferably be done by an Áalim or a pious elder of the family). If such a
person is not immediately available then any Muslim male may conduct this
? To perform Tahneek (placing of a date, softened by chewing on the tongue
of the new born baby).
The act of Tahneek should also preferably be done by an Áalim or a pious
elder of the family. If such a person is not available then any Muslim male
may perform this act. Honey may be a substitute for dates, if dates are not
? To give the new born an appropriate name on the 7th day.
? To make Aqeeqa on the 7th day.
? Aqeeqa is a form of Sadaqah whereby the child is safeguarded against
misfortunes. Two sheep, alternatively two goats are slaughtered in the case
of a male while one goat or one sheep in the case of a female. If for some
reason Aqeeqa was not made on the 7th day, then it should be done on the
14th, 21st 28th or any day in multiples of 7 thereafter. The sooner the
Aqeeqa is performed the better.
? It is Mustahabb to remove the baby’s hair on the 7th day after birth –
gold alternatively silver equivalent to the weight of the removed hair may
be given as charity to the poor otherwise its equivalent value in money. The
hair should be buried with due care and respect.
? To prescribe Salaat to the children when they are seven years of age.
? To chastise them if they don’t perform Salaat when they are 10 years of
age. One is reminded here of the separating of males from that of females
when the child turns ten years of age.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai