Aqeeqah

Parents eating Aqeeqah

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Q: If the child is a boy or girl does a specific sex of the Aqeeqah animal matter? Can the parents also consume the meat of the aqeeqah?

A: The gender of the animal does not matter. The parents can eat from the Aqeeqah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Aqeeqah Abroad

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Q: When one intends performing Aqiqah, is one able to discharge this intention by using an an international Qurbani effort for example those from Africa or abroad? Will this be permisable or will it have to be performed locally?

A: The Aqeeqah can be done abroad. Specify to the organisers that it is Aqeeqah.

However in so doing you will miss out the Sunnah of having it done on the seventh day, because the people doing it will not be able to guarantee that it will be done on the seventh day but your Aqeeqah will be valid

Mufti Siraj Desai

Cutting Aqeeqah Meat

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Q: When performing Aqeeqah can I cut up the sheep for distribution or must I leave the sheep whole and remove the meat from the bones then donate it?

A:  Some people believe that it is not permissible to break/cut the bones of the Aqeeqah animal. This belief is incorrect. It is Mustahabb (preferable) not to break the bones. (Sunanul Kubraa V9 P302). No sin will be incurred if the bones of the Aqeeqah animal are broken. (Al Haamidiyyah V6 P368). (Fataawa Mahmoodiyah V17 P526).  
 
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai

Aqeeqah in Different Country

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Q: My husband and I live in America but we are originally from Pakistan and our family also lives in Pakistan. We want to do aqeeqah of our child in Pakistan. Is this allowed?
 
A. It will be permissible to do the Aqeeqah in Pakistan. 
 
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai

Status of Aqeeqah for Wife

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Q: Is aqeeqa for ones wife farz, sunnat or wajib on her husband?
A. Usually Aqeeqah of a child is done by the parents when the child is still an infant. It is a meritorious act which the parents fulfil. It is not Fardh, Sunnah or Waajib on the husband to do the Aqeeqah for his wife.

Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai

Aqeeqa with Meat from Butchery

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Q: Is it necessary to purchase a live animal for Aqeeqa, or one can one purchase just the meat of that animal from a butcher to celabrate Aqeeqa?

A:
Aqeeqa can only be done by slaughtering a live animal, not be buying fresh meat from a butchery.

Mufti Siraj Desai