The newborn’s first taste

Reference: Fataawa Ahkaam al-Mowlood – Page 14
Explanation of Sunan at-Tirmidhee – Tape no.414

Question: Is it a condition that the ‘tahneek[1]’ only be done with a date?

Response: That is the basis [for this practice], that it be with a date, and if there are no dates – then it is possible [to do without a date]; [because] that which is intended by the [practice of] tahneek is for the first thing to enter the baby’s stomach be something sweet. And it is known that Madeenah is full of dates, and that the food [of the people] are dates, [in fact] their staple diet are dates. And the Prophet ﷺ said:

«A house in which there are no dates -then] its people will go hungry» – [Saheeh Muslim]

Translator’s note:
[1] The act of softening a date, then rubbing it on the palate of the newborn child.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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