Naming A Child Before The Seventh Day

Question

When should a person name a child?

If he names the before the 7th day, what will the ruling be?

Answer

Several Ahadith indicate that it is desirable to name the child on the seventh day after birth, i.e. when the child is one week old. For example, Hazrat Samurah ibn Jundub Radiallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam said, “ Every child is withheld in lieu of its Aqeeqah, slaughter should be made on its behalf on the seventh day, a name should be chosen and the child’s head should be shaved.”

Hazrat Aisha Radiallahu Anha also narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam performed the Aqeeqah of both Hassan and Hussain Radiallahu Anhum on the seventh day after their birth, chose their names and ordered that their heads be shaved.

There are however, instances where Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam gave the name of a child before the seventh day. For instance, when the child of Abu Talhah Radiallahu Anhu was born, he was taken to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam that very morning. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam did his Tahneek and gave him the name Abdullah.

Therefore, if a person names his child before the seventh day this will also be permissible.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

عن سمرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الغلام مرتهن بعقيقته يذبح عنه يوم السابع و يسمى و يحلق رأسه أخرجه الترمذي في سننه ٣٤٥/٣

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت عق رسول الله عن حسن و حسين يوم السابع و سماهما و امر أن يماط عن رأسه الأذى . صحيح ابن حبان بترتيب ابن بلبان ١٢٧/١٢ (٥٣١١) ت الشيخ شعيب الأرنؤوط مؤسسة الرسالة ت.

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال كان ابن لأبي طلحة يشتكي فخرج أبو طلحة فقبض الصبي فلما رجع أبو طلحة قال ما فعل ابني قالت أم سليم هو أسكن ما كان فقربت إليه العشاء فتعشى ثم أصاب منها فلما فرغ قالت وار الصبي فلما أصبح أبو طلحة أتى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فأخبره فقال أعرستم الليلة قال نعم، قال اللهم بارك لهما فولدت غلاما قال لي أبو طلحة احفظه حتى تأتي به النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأتى به النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم و أرسلت معه بتمرات فأخذه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال أمعه شيء قالوا نعم تمرات فأخذها النبي فمضغها ثم أخذ من فيه فجعلها في في الصبي وحنكه به وسماه عبد الله اخرجه الأمام البخاري في صحيحه ٨٤/٧ (٥٤٧٠) ت الشيخ زهير بن ناصر دار طوق النجاة.

Disclaimer
Purpose and Scope
The information provided on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Fatawa provided on this website are context-dependent, scenario-specific and are impacted by interpretations and individual circumstances.
The information provided on this website is not a substitute for an independent, scenario-specific question, and must not be used to determine or establish a ruling for any other circumstance, situation or dispute.
Accuracy and Reliability
While Darul-Ifta - Darul Uloom Azaadville strives for accuracy, errors may occur. Users are encouraged to verify information independently and notify the Darul-Ifta of any discrepancies.
We reserve the right to edit, moderate or remove any content.
No Legal Authority
Fatawa provided on this website are not legal judgments but rather religious rulings. Legal matters should be addressed through appropriate legal channels.
Acceptance
By using this website, users agree to these terms and conditions.