Aqiqa not done earlier

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

One of my friend married a woman whose aqeeqa has not been given to date. What does Islam say about this act. Now is it permissible for my friend to pay on behalf of his wife. Please advise


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Aqiqa not done earlier

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The Aqiqa sacrifice is not obligatory or ‘fard’ in Islam;  but rather it is a Sunnah and voluntary.   If one does offer this sacrifice as a form of gratitude to his Merciful Creator,  there is a huge reward,  and if one does not offer it,  there is no sin.


The Aqiqa is the responsibility of the parents,  and if they did not perform the Aqiqa sacrifice for any reason whatsoever,  there is no compulsion or need for the child to offer this sacrifice later or when she grows up.  


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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