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imam bukhari
12-11-2009, 07:00 PM
The Rights Of The New Born Baby In Islam

In all communities around the world the birth of a child is considered a blessing and ceremonies are held to celebrate this event. Besides being a natural expression of joy, it also serves a special purpose, that is, making it known in a suitable and dignified manner, that the father has accepted the child as his own and that there is no doubt or suspicion concerning this matter. It shuts the door to any mischief that could arise in the future. As soon as your child is born, they are under attack from Satan. The Prophet said,

“When any human being is born, Satan pinches the body with his two fingers, except ‘Isa, the son of Maryam, whom Satan tried to pinch but failed, for he touched the placenta instead.” [Sahih Bukhari 4:506]

This is why the child cries at birth; Satan never leaves his enemy without harming it. To protect the faith and Islam of the newborn baby, who is now under attack by mankind’s greatest enemy, the Messenger of Allah taught us about various things that we can do. Some are well known others not so well known.

The following brief points are intended to remind all people of what the Prophet did when a child was born.

Saying The Adhan

Abu Raf’I relates that, “I saw the Prophet saying the adhan of salah in the ear of his grandson, Hasan, when the child was born to his daughter Fatima“. [Ahmad, authenticated by Shaikh Abdul Qadit 'Arnoot]

Note: There is a difference of opinion over the authenticity of this hadith, some ‘Ulamaa saying it is authentic (Sh. 'Arnoot) and some ‘Ulamaa saying it is unauthentic (Sh. Albani). As for the hadith which mentions doing the iqaama in the left ear, then all have agreed that that is a weak hadith.

Tahneek

When a child was born to one of the families of the Sahaba (the Companions of the Prophet) they would take it to the Prophet so that he would bless it, and apply the pulp of a date, chewed by him, to its palate. This ‘tahneek’ as it is known in ‘Arabic’, was to keep the child safe from evil. Therefore, similarly when a child is born into a Muslim family, it should be taken to a virtuous, pious person, so that this person may supplicate for the child and perform the tahneek. Tahneek is among those Sunan whose practice has become rare.

Aisha (RA) narrates that “The people used to bring their newborn children to the Prophet and he would bless them and perform the tahneek.” [Sahih Muslim 1:560]

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