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Why do Muslims cut off babies’ hair after seven days?

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why do muslims babies have there hair cut off after seven days and is this from the quran or hadith

In the name of Allah the most merciful the wise

This shaving of the infants head is called Aqiqah. The shaving of the hair of the child on the seven day is mustahab (commendable/ desirable) in the Hanafi School of thought. One will give silver in sadaqah to the poor and needy equal to the weight of the infant’s hair. This can be done by merely estimating the weight of the child’s hair.

It is suggested that shaving the hair of the head provides the child with strength and opens up the pores of the skin. It is also beneficial to the Childs other senses such as eyesight, hearing and sense of smell. Besides, the poor are also assisted to a degree with the Sadaqah offered.

Aqiqah is not mentioned in the Quran, but it is mentioned the Hadith. It is reported in ?Sahih Ibn Habbaan (Pg 355-357)? under the authority of Anas bin Malik, that Rasulullah Sallahu Alaihi Wasalam performed Aqiqah on Hasan and Husain.

Similar passages and text have being mentioned in Fathul Bari, volume 9 732-734.

And Allah the All-Wise knows best

Mufti Abubakr Karolia
Batley, U.K
Founder of the “Islamic Foundation for Theology and Research” (I.F.T.A.R)

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