Hadith on Aqiqah: Recommendation to sacrifice one sheep for each newborn

January 13, 2018

Nafi’ reported: Abdullah ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, was not asked by anyone from his family to provide a newborn celebration (al-‘aqiqah) but that he would perform it. He would perform a newborn celebration for his child by sacrificing a sheep for each boy and girl.

Malik said, “The matter in which there is no disagreement among us regarding the newborn celebration, is that whoever performs it does so for his child by offering a sheep for each male and female. The newborn celebration is not an obligation, but rather it is recommended to act upon it.”

Source: al-Muwaṭṭa’ 2187

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Malik

عَنْ نَافِعٍ أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ رضي الله عنه لَمْ يَكُنْ يَسْأَلُهُ أَحَدٌ مِنْ أَهْلِهِ عَقِيقَةً إِلَّا أَعْطَاهُ إِيَّاهَا وَكَانَ يَعُقُّ عَنْ وَلَدِهِ بِشَاةٍ شَاةٍ عَنْ الذُّكُورِ وَالْإِنَاثِ

قَالَ مَالِك الْأَمْرُ الذي لا اختلاف فيه عِنْدَنَا فِي الْعَقِيقَةِ أَنَّ مَنْ عَقَّ فَإِنَّمَا يَعُقُّ عَنْ وَلَدِهِ عن الذُّكُورِ وَالإِنَاثِ بِشَاةٍ شَاةٍ وَلَيْسَتِ الْعَقِيقَةُ بِوَاجِبَةٍ وَلَكِنَّهَا يُسْتَحَبُّ الْعَمَلُ بِهَا

2187 موطأ مالك رواية أبي مصعب الزهري