What does Akika to celebrate your newborn mean? Here’s the answer
An Akika for your newborn… is a tradition followed after your baby is born, and is the best way to welcome your new family member. However, you will want to make sure you do it properly, which is why you should know some key information.
What you may not know about Akika
What is Akika?
Akika is a sacrifice made for a newborn after their birth. It is a recommended tradition (sunnah) of the Prophet, and is not obligatory.
Normally, two sheep are sacrificed for a male newborn and one for the female.
It is preferable to sacrifice the Akika on the seventh day after the baby’s birth.
However, if that’s not possible, you can have it on the 14th or 21st day after the happy event.
Some families may not be able to do it on these days for special circumstances. So they’ll have to postpone it until the right moment comes.
What are the conditions for Akika?
The sacrificed animal should not be lame, mangy, one-eyed, or having any deficiencies.
Before choosing it, you should make sure it’s the right age: 5 years for camels, two for cows, one for goats, and 6 months only for lamb.
The person responsible for supporting the newborn, i.e. the father, should be the one slaughtering the sacrificed animal. No other person can handle the matter in his absence or death except with his approval.
The sacrificed animal’s meat can be eaten or given to charity or as gifts, and it’s preferable to cook it before. However, it can’t be sold.
An Akika can be divided as follows: One third for the newborn’s family, one third for relatives and neighbors, and one third for those in need.
You can have a feast and invite family, relatives, and neighbors to attend, but it’s always better to give away part of it.