Shaving baby hair sunnah.

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salam thanks for your reply i was still wondering is shaving the baby's head Sunnah or fard.

thanks for your great work

may allah reward you and your team.


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Shaving baby hair sunnah

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Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2832 Narrated by Samurah ibn Jundub

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘A child is in pledge for his ‘Aqiqah’, sacrifice is made for it on the seventh day, its head is shaved, and it is given a name.’


To offer the ‘aqiqa’ sacrifice for the new-born on the seventh day of its birth, or shave its head, etc. is not an obligatory rite of worship in Islam, but rather an extremely preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and thus voluntary.  If one fulfills the Sunnah of ‘aqiqa’ as a sign of gratitude unto their Lord, one would earn a huge reward; but if one is unable to fulfill the Sunnah of ‘aqiqa’ for any reason whatsoever, there would be no sin upon them.   


The absolute most that can be said of one who does not fulfill the Sunnah of ‘aqiqa’ is that the person missed a great opportunity to earn huge rewards from their Lord Most Gracious.


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


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