Q: Is it a must to celebrate Aqeeqah of a new born son? Can it be celebrated two weeks after birth?
1. Aqeeqah is not a compulsory practice. Rather it is mustahab. If one has the means to carry out the aqeeqah, then it is mustahab for one to carry out the aqeeqah on the seventh day of childbirth.
2. It is mustahab to carry out aqeeqah on the seventh day after child birth. However if it was carried out before the seventh day or after the seventh day, it will be permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)