The rights of the child who dies after birth

Reference: Liqaa.aat al-Baab al-Maftooh – Volume 1, Page 47, Number 74

Question: If a newborn child was to die immediately after birth, is the ‘aqeeqah obligatory for him?

Response: If a child is born after the completion of four months [in the mother’s womb], then the ‘aqeeqah should be carried out for him, and [likewise] he should also be named. This is because after the passing of four months, life is breathed into him and [as such] he will be resurrected on the Day of Ressurection.

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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