Delaying Aqiqah

11 Nov 2020
Delaying Aqiqah

My daughter is now 3+ years old. Her aqiqa sacrifice is still pending. Can we still sacrifice one goat with the niyah of her aqiqa? Is there a penalty for delaying for so long? How can we make amends? Thank you  

Fatwa No:

127280

All Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and all his Family and Companions. We ask Allah, the All Capable, that He always guide you and fill your life with all manners of grace and increase. Dear Questioner, Please note, the ‘Aqiqa' is a recommended Sunnah based on the hadeeth narrated from Samurh bin Jundab wherein the Messenger of Allah said: "Every boy is in pledge for his 'Aqiqa', so slaughter (the animal) for him on the seventh day, and shave his head, and give him a name" Its being a recommended Sunnah is the school of Imam Malik and the majority of scholars. Given the circumstances, if you have to delay the Aqiqa after the seventh day, then there is a dispensation due to the extreme conditions, so you can do it thereafter. Ideally this should be within the second week, or the third week, then if even if this is difficult, then it is permissible to do it anytime thereafter when things are made easy. This is the opinion of some of the scholars who say that the time of the Aqiqa is not limited by the seven days, and this is the opinion of the Shafi school of jurisprudence (madhab) and is accepted amongst them. So you can do the Aqiqah now and do not have do expiation. And Allah knows best. Thanks.

Summary

There is an opinion of some of the scholars who say that the time of the Aqiqa is not limited by the seven days, and this is the opinion of the Shafi school of jurisprudence (madhab) and is accepted amongst them. So you can do the Aqiqah now and do not have do expiation.



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