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Shaving new born baby’s hair

Fatwaa ID: 1573

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmathullahi Wa Barakatuhu, is shaving a new born baby girl or boys hair required (Sunnah)? Or is it just only for boys or not required for either?

JazakaAllah Khairan

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is mustahabb to shave the newborn’s head on the seventh day and give charity equivalent to its weight in silver. This is for both, boys and girls. If for whatever reason it is not done, then there is no sin.

Consider the following hadith,
Sayyiduna ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (R) narrates that Rasulullaah ﷺ performed the ‘aqeeqah for Sayyiduna Hasan (R) with one sheep and said, “O Faatimah! Shave his head and give the weight of his hair in silver as charity.” He said, “So I weighed it, and it was the weight of a dirham or a bit of a dirham.” [Tirmidhi 1519]

Likewise, Rasulullaah ﷺ said, “Every child is pawned against his ‘aqeeqah; ‘aqeeqah is done for him on his seventh day, his head is shaved and he is named.” [Abu Dawood 2838, Tirmidhi 1522]

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

01/13/1445 AH – 07/31/2023 CE | 501

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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