What should be done after the birth of the child

Q: Me and my wife are expecting our first child. I have doubts regarding fatherhood.

1. Doubt in keeping good Islamic name: For baby boy first choice was Hudh second choice Mika’eel(Angel of Allah) but I read some where that we can’t keep name associated with angel’s name.

2. What are the immediate responsibilities of the father as soon as the baby (boy/girl) is delivered with respect to giving azaan, namaz and other Islamic rites?



1. Yes, you should not keep names of angels.

2. Azaan will be called out in the right ear of the child and iqaamat in the left ear. It is also advisable to perform tahneek i.e. a pious person chews or sucks on a khajoor (date) etc. and thereafter the child is made to suck on the same. A good name should be chosen for the child and on the seventh day, aqeeqah will be performed for the child.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)