Friday, February 5, 2016
Sheikh Muqbil رحمه الله was asked:
Answer: “The recommended Sunan, rather what is obligatory is the Aqeeqah. For verily the Prophet (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) said:
كل غلام مرتهن بعقيقتهEvery boy is mortgaged by his ‘Aqiqah.
It is two sheep for a boy and one sheep for a girl. This is one affair. Another affair is to choose a good name. It was reported by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Prophet (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) said:
أحب الأسماء إلى الله عبدالله وعبدالرحمنThe most beloved names to Allaah are Abdullah and Abdurrahman.
Beware, beware of calling your child the names of disbelievers like George. Likewise, names of oppressors like Saddam, Ma’mar al-Qadhafi, and Hafidh Asad. Beware of naming with these names. Also the name Jamaal. There is no harm in this. However, if he is named Jamaal Abdul-Nasir, may Allaah not have mercy upon him, then no. So what is important, is to choose a good name. Then after that, also choose a pious wet-nurse. For verily a child is influenced by the one who nurses him.