Category Archives: Aqiqah


Can deer be used for Aqiqah?

I am asking on behalf of a brother he would like to know if he can use a deer for the purpose of doing the Aqiqah.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

Aqiqah can only be done with such animals which can be used for Qurbani. This includes goats, sheep, cows and camels. The deer is not from among these animals, and hence, cannot be used for Aqiqah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


What Is Done With The Afterbirth Of A Child

Question: Assalamu Alaikum,

Is it allowed for the hospital to burn the afterbirth from a pregnant woman?



Answer: Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

The afterbirth should be buried and not left by the hospital to burn.

The human body is sacred and so are all its parts. On account of this, the Prophet  ﷺ instructed that the clipped hair and nails be buried. In this regard, Wa’il bin Hujr (R.A) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ ordered hair and nails to be buried.’ (Mujam – Al Kabeer).

It is also narrated from Abdulah bin Umar (R.A) that the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Bury nails, hair and blood.’ (Baihaqi in Sunan Al Kubra).

Based on these guidelines, one should understand that the afterbirth is also part of the human body which must be disposed off in a desirable and honourable manner. In the Shariah, this manner is that of burying it and not burning it.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Can Aqeeqah Be Done Before Circumcision?

Asaalamu Alaaikum Mufti,

Can u have an Aqiqua for a boy without him being circumcised, or does it have to be before it can be performed?

Thank you for your assistance.



Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Yes you can have an Aqeeqah for a boy without him being circumcised. It is not necessary that the boy must be circumcised before doing the Aqeeqah.
And Allah Knows Best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.

Naming A Child By The Name ‘Muhammad’ Alone


Assalaamu Alaikum Mufti,

I have a son who I named Muhammd. I was recently informed however that I cannot place the name Muhammad by itself as it is unique to the prophet (PBUH) an as such anothername has to go with it for e.g. Muhammad Ishmaeel or Muhammad Jibraeel.

The individual indicated a lengthy reason as to why but I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing and not causing offense to Allah (SWT) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH.

Thank You.


Wa Alaikum Salaam Wa Rahmatullah.

 There is no harm in having the name Muhammad alone. Toghether with this name, there would be the family title also, so it would not stand alone. For example, if the family title is Ali, then your son’s name would be Muhammad Ali or Muhammad Khan etc.

And Allah Knows best

Mufti Waseem Khan


Dua For Slaughtering An Animal For Aqeeqah

Question: Salaams, could you please email me the dua for slaughtering the animal for a aqeeqa. jazak allah


Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

The Dua for aqeeqa is (if the baby is a boy): ‘Allahumma Hazihi Aqqeeqatu ____________ (call the child’s name). Damuha bi Damihi, Wa Lahmuha bi Lahmihi, Wa Adhmuha bi Adhmihi, Wa Jilduha bi Jildihi wa Sha’ruha bi Sha’rihi’

If the baby is a girl, say: ‘Allahumma Hazihi Aqeeqatu ____________ (call the child’s name). Damuha bi Damiha, Wa Lahmuha bi Lahmiha, Wa Adhmuha bi Adhmiha, Wa Jilduha bi Jildiha wa Sha’ruha bi Sha’riha.’

After saying any of the above, say, ‘Inni Wajahtu Wajhiya Lillazi Fataras Samawaati Wal Ardh. Haneefanw wa Maa Ana Minal Mushrikeen. Inna Salaati wa Nusuki Wa Mahyaya Wa Mamaati Lillahi Rabbil A’lameen, Laa Shareeka Lahu Wa Bi Dhalika Umirtu Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen. Allahumma Minka Wa Laka.’

Then say, ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar’ and slaughter the animal. (Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah, Darimi, Ahmad).

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Disposal of Baby’s Hair After Being Shaved

Question: When you shave a baby’s hair on the 7th day or the 14th day what should you do with the hair after you weigh the hair and give the charity to the poor.? Also can cash be given instead of silver and is the charity only to be given to the poor Muslims ONLY?


Assalamu Alaikum,

The hair can be wrapped in a paper and disposed off at a place that is free from impurities. Cash can be given instead of silver, and the charity can be given to non Muslims also. (Bada’I As Suna’I vol. 4 pg. 263 – Kitabul Fatawa vol. 4 pg. 150).

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


One Animal for Qurbaani and Aqeeqah

Question: can one perform the aqiqah / quabani �with the same animal �,at �the same time ,.

Answer: Assalaamu Alaikum,

If you are taking shares in a large animal like a bull, then you can take one share for the qurbani and a separate one for the aqeeqah. This is permissible. However, if you are sacrificing a small animal like a sheep or goat, it will not be permissible to do the qurbani and aqeeqah on the same small animal. Only one intention will be allowed in this case.

And Allah knows best
Mufti Waseem Khan

Azaan and iqaamah for a newborn child.

Q. I was just wondering about calling the azaan and iqaamah in the ears of a new born child. My friend told me that it is a bidat because it is not stated in quraan or sunnah and Sheikh Albani also said that it is a bidat. Can you please tell me if it is a sunnah or not, and if it is stated in any hadith?

A. Calling the Azan in the right ear of a new born child is desirable and it is evident in the hadith of Abu Rafie (R.A). He (Abu Rafie) said, ‘I saw the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) calling the Azan in the ear of Hasan bin Ali (R.A) when Fatima (R.A) gave birth to him.’ (Recorded by Imam Tirmizi who said, ‘this hadith is good and sound – Chapter of ‘Azan in the ear of a new born’. Imam Abu Dawood has also recorded the tradition and has remained silent and did not comment on the Sanad – Chapter of ‘a child who is born and the Azan is called in the ear. Imam Ahmad has also narrated the same tradition).

With respect to the weakness which has been reported regarding this hadith, it is on account of the narrator Aasim bin Ubaidullah. About him, some scholars of hadith have stated that he is weak. (See At-Taqreeb at Tahzeeb vol. 1 pg. 457; Tahzeeb at Tahzeeb and Meezan al Itidal). However, not withstanding this weakness, Ibn Addi has stated that his Ahadith are accepted and many great and Sound narrators of hadith like Sufyaan Thauri, Ibn Uyaina, Shu’bah and others have narrated from him. (Alkaamil fi Dhu’afa ar Rijaal by Ibn Addi Vol. 6 pg. 393).

With respect to the Iqamah in the left ear, Mulla Ali Qaari has written in his ‘Sharhus Sunnah’ that it is reported from Umar bin Abdul Aziz that ‘the Azan used to be called in the right ear and the Iqamah used to be called in the left ear when a child was born.’ Having quoted this, Mulla Ali Qaari said, ‘It has been established in the Musnad of Abu Yala Al Mosili from Husain (R.A.) in a Marfu (Tradition), that ‘Whoever calls the Azan in the right ear of a child when he is born, and the Iqamah in the left ear, then the sickness of Um Sibyan would not affect the child.’ This is also mentioned in Jamius Sagheer by Ibn Sunni (Tuhfatul Ahwazi vol. 5 pg. 91).

Although the Sanad may have been considered weak by some scholars, they have nevertheless allowed practice upon it since they are not fabricated. In this regard, Dr. Wahba Az Zuhaili has written in his book ‘Fiqhul Islami Wa Adilatihi, ‘From among the Azan which is given for other than salaah, is the Azan in the right ear of a new born, just as it is commendable to give the Iqamah in the left ear.’ (Al Fiqhul Islami Wa Adilatihi vol. 1 pg. 720).

Similarly, the great Muhadith Sheik Khaleel Ahmad has written in his ‘Bazlul Majhood’ (explanation of Abu Dawood) that, ‘it is Hasan (good and commendable) that the father give the Azan in the right ear and the Iqamah in the left ear. (Bazlul Majhood vol. 13 pg. 501).

Shaikh Abdullah Nasih Ulwan (A.R) has also written in his beautiful book, ‘Islam and the upbringing of children, ‘From among the teachings which Islam has given about the newborn is that the Azan be given in the right ear and the Iqamaah be given in the left ear.’ (Islam and the Upbringing of Children vol. 1 pg. 87).

While commenting on the fact that these acts should be done, Hafiz Ibn Qayyim states in his book, ‘Tuhfatul Mawdood’, ‘The wisdom and secret of calling out the Azan and Iqamaah in the ear of the newborn is that the first words which are heard by the child should be words which speak about the greatness of Allah. (Islam and the Upbringing of Children vol. 1 pg. 88).

It is therefore clear from these statements that calling the Azan in the right ear and the Iqamaah in the left ear of the new born are acceptable and may be practiced.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan