The performance of Aqiqah is highly encouraged. It is to be performed by the parents or the guardians of the child. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions used to perform Aqiqah when they were bestowed with a newborn.
The best time to perform Aqiqah is on the seventh day after the birth of the baby.
There are many benefits in the performance of Aqiqah. One is the announcing the birth of the baby.
Being bestowed a child is a great blessing from the Creator. Another purpose is inviting family members, neighbors, and friends to celebrate the blessed occasion. The poor should be included in the celebration by offering them food and meat served on this occasion.
* Hadith dalam sahih Bukhari
Setiap anak tergadai dengan aqiqahnya, maka pada hari ketujuh disembelih haiwan, dicukur habis rambutnya, dan diberi nama
*Hadith riwayat Abu Daud dan Nasai
Artinya: Barang siapa diantara kamu ingin beribadah tentang anaknya hendaklah dilakukan aqiqah untuk anak laki-laki dua ekor kambing yang sama umurnya dan untuk anak perempuan seekor kambing