Q: Can you explain what is the difference between aqeeqa and qurbaani? If I make qurbaani for my son 2 sheep as required, do I still need to do aqeeqa? What is the requirements for my daughter, do I also need to do two sheep and should I do Qurbaani or aqeeqa?
Qurbaani is not compulsory upon non baaligh children even though they possess wealth that reach nisaab. Aqeeqa is carried out for a child when he/she is born. Aqeeqa is mustahab provided one has the means to carry it out. The Aqeeqa of a boy is two sheep (or goats) and the aqeeqa of a girl is one sheep (or goat).
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)