Aqiqah is sunnah commanded by every Muslim when he has a baby. It is sunnah to slaughter a goat for a newborn child on the seventh day of his life. Boys are ordered to slaughter two goats. As for the daughter, one tail. Behind the sunnah of this prophet there are many the virtue of aqiqah what we should know. Knowing the benefits of aqiqah will make us more enthusiastic in doing it.
Doing Aqiqah is the Sunnah of the Prophet
Slaughtering a goat on the seventh day of the birth of a baby is proof that we are following the sunnah of the prophet. Children's Aqiqah should be done in accordance with the guidance of the Shari'a in this case so that we do not disagree with what has been ordered by the prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wassalam. Do not let us do aqiqah following the procedures of the ignorant people, which is to only marry boys. By doing it according to the sunnah, we will get the real benefits of aqiqah.
Hadiths About the Number of Aqiqah Goats
Umm Kurz al Ka'biyah ra said: "I asked the Messenger of Allah about Aqiqah, then he replied. 'For a boy, two goats of the same size (age) are slaughtered and for a girl only one goat. It doesn't matter whether the goat is male or female." (HR Ahmad, At Tirmidhi, An Nasa'i, Ibn Majah. Abu Daud)
It was narrated that Ayesha said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "For the son, slaughter two goats, for the daughter only one." (HR Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hiban)
It was narrated from Imam Ahmad that Aisha said: "The Messenger of Allah ordered us to marry a daughter with a goat and a son with two goats." (Narrated by Ahmad, At Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hiban)
From the hadiths above we can conclude that the number of aqiqah for boys and girls is different. It is clear that for a boy two tails and for girls only one tail. Don't let us do it upside down.
The Virtue of Doing Aqiqah
There are several virtues of aqiqah and the benefits of aqiqah that we will get if we do it. Of course in doing so must be right by following the instructions from the prophet. Do not let our aqiqah worship be canceled because we do things that are contrary to the Shari'a.
1. Getting Rewarded
People who do aqiqah will certainly get a reward for following the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah. This is the most important virtue of aqiqah. By doing aqiqah we have shown love to the prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wassalam, namely following his instructions.
2. Eliminates Diseases and Dirt in Babies
In the aqiqah procession, it is usually accompanied by shave the newborn's hair, the goal is of course to remove dirt. Because in the baby's hair there is dirt that comes from the placenta from the womb. If not cleaned it has the potential to cause disease.
3. Draw Closer to Allah
The intention of doing aqiqah is of course because it is to worship Allah. By doing aqiqah we try to get closer to Allah. This is an extraordinary virtue of aqiqah. Of course, we can get this virtue if our intention is really to slaughter for Allah.
4. Praying for Good for Babies
In the aqiqah event, of course, accompanied by a prayer event. Both the prayer in particular and in general from the person who receives the aqiqah dish from us. This will make the baby receive a lot of positive prayers from people who, God willing, will be useful for his future life.
5. Strengthen Brotherhood among Muslims
Aqiqah dishes that we share with our Muslim brothers and sisters will certainly increase brotherly relations. The sense of solidarity and love can become stronger among Muslims.
Those are some of the virtues of aqiqah that we will get. Whatever worship is commanded in Islam must have virtue. The most important thing is that we do everything sincerely for the sake of Allah and only expect the pleasure of Allah. That way we will get the real benefits of aqiqah.