What is Aqiqah?
At the birth of a child, the Aqiqah is performed as part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It involves the sacrifice of livestock; such as goats and sheep. It usually takes place on the seventh day after a baby’s birth. However, there’s nothing wrong with doing it at a later time.
The sacrifice is then divided between the family members who are carrying out the sacrifice. It’s then handed out to the poor and needy.
Why is Aqiqah important?
At Islamic Relief, we have a duty to be there for those who are most in need of our support.
Millions of people struggle everyday with poverty. Many people go days and months without proper food. Your donation could provide a family with a meal and give them the vital nutrients they need. They would also have the chance to share in the celebration of new life. The reward of this beloved Sunnah benefits so many of us.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provided an Aqiqah to each of his two grandsons, Imam al-Hasan and Imam al-Husain.
How can Islamic Relief make your Aqiqah special?
Islamic Relief has designed its Aqiqah Project to allow people to donate the sacrifice meal directly to those most in need.
The Aqiqah Project provides an opportunity for those who cannot afford to purchase meat, to have the nutritional benefit of an Islamic Relief Meat Packet. The project involves the distribution of these fresh meat packets to the most vulnerable people, including women, children, the elderly and refugees. Each meat packet distributed contains a sufficient amount of meat (5kgs on average) for a family.