Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Is the Aqeeqa (slaughtering for a new-born child) absolutely necessary? And shaving the head? What is the obligatory? What is sunna? Guidance, please.
In the Hanafi madhhab, contrary to the other schools, the ijtihad of our Imams is that the obligation of slaughtering for Eid abrogated all other specifically recommended slaughtering. As such, the aqiqa slaughter, which takes place after the child’s hair has been shaved, is neither a sunna nor specifically recommended . [As mentioned in Bada’i` al-Sana’i` of Imam al-Kasani, and in al-Shurunbulaliyya]
Rather, it is in itself merely permitted and if done with a good intention it is considered worthy of reward. But there are no specifically prescribed practices for this, unlike other schools.
A lot of Hanafi scholars ‘borrowed’ the rulings of other schools in terms of the details, but it is not of our madhhab, per se.
It is noteworthy that thinking even a sunna to be absolutely obligatory is itself a blameworthy innovation, let alone if the action is not even specifically recommended.
And Allah knows best, and He alone gives success.
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