How To Calculate Aqeeqa Date for Your Baby?
- Is it complicated to calculate Aqeeqa date?
- What is the best recommended date (according to Quran and Sunnah)?
- What if we miss the 7th day?
- How do I calculate the 7th day?
- Can you help us calculate the Aqeeqa Day? Yes!!!
If you have any of these questioms on your mind, you are here at the right place. This article can provide the answers you are looking for, إن شاء الله.
Aqeeqa is a religious obligation that every Muslim must carry out upon the birth of their child. It is an auspicious occasion that brings love, happiness and joy to the family. Therefore, it is only right to be thankful towards Allah who blessed them with a child.
Is it complicated to calculate the Aqeeqa date?
People often wonder how to calculate the proper date for Aqeeqa. Contrary to the popular belief, finding the Aqeeqa date is not complicated process. However, it is always best to know the religious view about religious tasks.
What is the best recommended date (according to Quran and Sunnah)?
The most well-known date for Aqeeqa is the 7th
day. It is indeed correct based on the following hadith of the Prophet ﷺ. Narrated by Abu Dhavudh, the hadith says “Every child is held in pledge for his ‘Aqeeqah, which should be slaughtered on his behalf, on the seventh day, and he should be shaved and given his name.” (أبو داود 2838)
To elaborate, this hadith marks 3 very significant things about Aqeeqa. They are:
- Aqeeqa is a religious obligation
- It is to be carried out on the 7th day after the birth of the child
- The child’s must be given a name and his head must be shaved on the same day.
This gives raise the next question.
What if we miss the 7th day?
As we all know, Islam is the religion of ease and provide altertaive methods to do things. According to the ‘Ulama (Islamic Scholars), if you have missed performing Aqeeqa on the 7th day, is it no longer obligatory but rather a sunnah (voluntary).
However, Aqeeqa is referred to as a pledge in the hadith mentioned before. Therefore, it is highly recommended to perform Aqeeqa even if the 7th day has passed. Afterall, a pledge to Allah must be honored before the pledge to people. Additionally, most of the scholars’ advice to perform Aqeeqa on either 7th
day in the respective order. If all of the mentioned dates have passed, any date after that is deemed satisfactory.
How to calculate the 7th day?
Calculating the 7th
day is actually very simple and easy. There are 3 methods that can be used.
The only things that need to be taken into cosideration is the ‘time of birth’. If the baby was born before maghrib, that day (the date of birth) will be included
while counting, BUT if the baby was born after Maghrib, that day (the date of birth) will not be included
while counting days. It is due to the fact that, in Islamic calendar, the day begins with maghrib prayer. Hence, if the baby was born just before maghrib, he/she will be 1 day old after maghrib.
There are mainly 2 methods that can be used to calculate Aqeeqa Date.
- Date Based Calculation
For this calculation, only the date and time of birth are required. For example, Aisha and Ahmed both born on 1st
May 2022, have two different Aqeeqa Dates because of the time of birth.
|Aqeeqa Date for Aisha
(born at 5pm)
||Aqeeqa Date for Ahmed
(born at 7pm)
|01.05.2022 (born before maghrib) = Day 1
||01.05.2022 (born after maghrib) = Day 0
|01.05.2022 to 02.05.2022 = Day 2
||01.05.2022 to 02.05.2022 = Day 1
|02.05.2022 to 03.05.2022 = Day 3
||02.05.2022 to 03.05.2022 = Day 2
|03.05.2022 to 04.05.2022 = Day 4
||03.05.2022 to 04.05.2022 = Day 3
|04.05.2022 to 05.05.2022 = Day 5
||04.05.2022 to 05.05.2022 = Day 4
|05.05.2022 to 06.05.2022 = Day 6
||05.05.2022 to 06.05.2022 = Day 5
|06.05.2022 to 07.05.2022 = Day 7
||06.05.2022 to 07.05.2022 = Day 6
|07.05.2022 to 08.05.2022 = Day 8
||07.05.2022 to 08.05.2022 = Day 7
- Weekly Calculation
For weekly calculation, only week day on which the baby was born is considered.
If the baby was born on a Friday,
the possible Aqeeqa Dates are:
- Born After Maghrib: the Aqeeqa Day (7th day) will be Friday of the next week
- Born Before Maghrib: the 7th day will be the day before Friday of the next week, which is (next) Thursday.
Use the table below for a simpler method.
Can you help us calculate the Aqeeqa Date?
Yes of course. If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of calculating, we have a much easier option for you. You can use our Aqeeqa Date Calculator to calculate the 7th
day or any other day you wish to find simply by inserting the date and time of birth. Also, you will have the option to schedule the Aqeeqa for that date and order through us. Jazakumullah Khairan for reading.