Q: Please explain the significance of shaving a newborn baby’s head as well as the proper way to go about doing same.
A: The hair of the new born baby should be shaved on the 7th day. A narration mentions that when Sayyidina Hasan (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was born to Hadhrat Fatima (Radhiyallaahu Anhaa), Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) told her to shave the head and distribute the equivalent to the weight of the hair to the value of silver.
The same was done when Sayyidina Husayn (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was born. (Al Mu’jamul Kabeer – Tabraani V1 P311)
A hair cutting machine can be used. If a razor is used, it must be done by an expert. Start the trimming on the right side of the head.
Moulana Yusuf Laher