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Difference Between Qurbani and Aqeeqa

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Q: What is the difference between Qurbaani and aqeeqa? If I made qurbaani for my son, can I make aqeeqa?
A: Qurbaani is the animal slaughtered at the time of Bakri Eid (Eidul Adha). Aqeeqa is the animal slaughtered for a new born baby. This is done on the 7th day after birth. Two animals are cut for a boy and one for a girl.
Qurbani is not waajib (compulsory) on behalf of children, only for one’s own self. The types of animals are the same for Aqeeqa as for Qurbani.
Qurbani is done once every year, whereas Aqeeqa is done only when a child is born.If you made Qurbani for your son, you still have to make Aqeeqa for him if you had not made the Aqeeqa when the boy was born.
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