The Aqiqah is a sunnah for the guardian of the child if he is able to do so. If it is a son, then two sheep are sacrificed and if it is a girl then a single sheep. The sacrifice is done 7 days after the birth of the child, and the child’s head is shaved. Samra bin Jundub RA reported that the prophet ﷺ said “A boy is mortgaged by his ‘Aqiqah, so slaughter for him on the seventh day, and do it in the name of Allah” (Narrated by Al Tirmidhi and Abu Dawoud). If it is not done on the seventh day, then it should be done on the fourteenth day, and if it is not done on the fourteenth day then on the twenty first day, and if it is delayed then it is sunnah for his guardian to sacrifice on his behalf before he reaches puberty, and if he reaches puberty and no one did an Aqiqa for him then he should do so for himself.
Ruling on a delayed aqiqah
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