The Sunnah for the new-born

As salamu alaykum wa’ rahmatullahi wa’ barakatuhu!

Lately, lots of people I know, have been blessed with the birth of a baby in the family mash’Allah wa’ alhamdulillah! 90% of them are boys subhan’Allah… Allahu a’alam! I was asked by a sister about the “Sunnah” for the new-born as she wasn’t sure about it and didn’t know what to do and when to do it. So I explained it to her giving, (of course!), the daleel etc.

You can read about it HERE.

I think it’s very important to remind those around us about the Sunnah, the importance of practicing it from the beginning! From the moment your son or daughter is born, teaching them, reminding them, being a good example, insh’Allah!

Unfortunately, sometimes, I don’t see this happening around me. The love for the dunya makes the one for the Sunnah softer subhan’Allah! Being scared to shave the hair, to circumcise the baby, forget about the adhaan etc. Come on sisters! Let’s wake up! ;)
When you are pregnant and make your hospital bag ready, (full of “everything”), take a couple of dates and put them among nappies, bodies, nighties etc. :lol: and remind your husband about it (in case you’ll be too tired to remember afterwards mash’Allah): Adhaan and Tahneek.

Please do it, do it good insh’Allah! This is our way to show our love for the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wa’ sallam), and doing so, insh’Allah, our kids will do the same! Our Ummah needs to remember about the “Sunnah” as something important in the everyday life of a Muslim, not an “extra” or something “not obligatory” subhan’Allah!

Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): “If you (really) love Allâh then follow me (i.e. accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Aali Imran 3:31)

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12 responses to “The Sunnah for the new-born

  1. masha’allah.. thanks for this sis :) It upsets me sometimes when I hear of things being left out like the shaving along with the excuse ‘I dont want to hurt my baby’ Allahu alim

  2. princessines

    Someone once said to me…’when we leave the sunnah to one side is when we start struggling as an ummah’ and I couldn’t agree more.
    Thank you for the reminder sis.

  3. Great post and article… I didn’t come across when the adhan should be whispered into the ear? As well can the Mother do this …or does it have to be the Father?

  4. assalamu alaykum,

    jazakhum Allahu khayran! :)

    Yes Aalya, you are right mash’Allah. Here is the hadeeth about the adhaan:

    It is narrated from Aboo Raafi’ that he said:
    “I saw the Prophet give Adhan for the Prayer in the ear of al-Husayn ibn ‘Alee when his mother Faatimah (Radhi’Allaahu Anhaa) gave birth to him.” (Reported by Ahmad, Aboo Daawood and At-Tirmidhee who declared it ‘hasan’ and by Shaikh al-Albaanee in ‘al-Irwaa’ #1173).

    Also, I would like to point out that the hadeeth about reciting the Iqaamah in the left ear is Maudoo’ah (Fabricated). Al-Albaanee always declared it Da’eef and this can be found in Silsilatul Ahaadeeth Ad-Da’eefah #321 and Al-‘Irwaa’ #1174.

  5. Thank you for that …. but can the Mother say it instead of the Father?
    Is there any prohibition for that?

  6. assalamu alaykum Aalya,

    sorry! I forgot to mention that :)

    Well, I couldn’t find any proof “against” it, so I guess it’s permissible. If there’s nobody who can do it, it’s important for the baby to hear the adhaan as first thing in his life anyway, mash’Allah! Don’t you think so? I would do it but I prefer leave it to my dh ;)

  7. Could you please explain about the head shaving? I see babies with their heads shaved all the time and I don’t know the reasoning behind it – thanks!

  8. assalamu alaykum Susie,

    nice to have you here mash’Allah :)

    About the head shaving, it’s all explained in the article I linked above in the post. I couldn’t explain it better. Anyway, it’s related to the Sunnah mash’Allah. Hope it will be clear for you insh’Allah!

    take care :D

  9. Umm AbdurRahman

    Asalaamu Alaykum sis,

    I was just reading through your posts and I wanted to let you know that Shaykh Albaani actually changed his view upon finding more daleel and ruled that the athaan is a bid’ah as well, as the hadith from Abu Rafi’ is da’eef.

    it is narrated from Aboo Raafi’ that he said:
    “I saw the Prophet give Adhan for the Prayer in the ear of al-Husayn ibn ‘Alee when his mother Faatimah (Radhi’Allaahu Anhaa) gave birth to him.” (Reported by Ahmad, Aboo Daawood and At-Tirmidhee who declared it ‘hasan’ and by Shaikh al-Albaanee in ‘al-Irwaa’ #1173).

    Also Refer To the book Al-Kalim At-Tayyib published in 2001 where Al-Albaanee Says Its Isnaad Is Da’eef Hadeeth # 211.

    Also In Al-Albaanee’s Book Saheeh Al-Kalim At-tayyib The translator Said in the introduction: “hadith Number 168 was about making the call to prayer in the right ear of a newly born. Upon further examination ‘Al-‘Albani has found that it is weak, and that it is not permitted to act upon it. This I heard him say in an audio tape, where he mentions that when he was finally able to get hold of Al-Bayhaqi’s Shu’ab ‘Al-‘lman -it was previously in manuscript form only- he found that there were two people accused of Iying in the chain of narration. Previously he thought Al-Bayhaqi’s report was only weak, and not very weak because it was referenced as such on page 16 of Tuhfat Al-Wadood by’Ibn ‘Al-Qayyim. A very weak hadeeth cannot be used as testimonial for a weak hadeeth, and therefore, the ruling on this hadeeth is that it is not authentic.” end of quote

    Also, I read this in Muhammad Al Jibaly’s book, Our Precious Sprouts:

    Regarding the calling of the Athan and Iqamah, Muhammad al-Jibaly mentions in his book “Our Precious Sprouts” (2002; pages 119 and 120) in the Chapter ‘Other Newborn Sunnahs':

    Calling the Athan and Iqamah?

    Many scholars recommend calling athan in the in a newborn’s right ear and iqamah in its left ear. This is based on three reports recorded in the books of Hadith. However, [h]all of them are weak, and the second and third of them are fabricated[/hl], as is indicated in the footnotes.

    1. [WEAK] Abu Rafi’ reported: “I saw Allah’s Messenger call the athan in the ear of al-Hasan Bin Ali when his mother Fatimah give birth to him.” [1]

    2. [FABRICATED] Al-Hasan bin Ali () reported that Allah’s Messenger said: “Whoever gets a new baby and calls athan in its right ear and iqamah in its left ear, it will never be harmed by Umm us-Sibyan.” [2]
    2. [FABRICATED] Ibn Abbass () reported: “The Prophet called athan in the ear of al-Hasan Bin Ali on the day that he was born, and he called the iqamah in his left ear.” [3]

    Therefore, there is no reliable evidence for calling athan or iqamah for a newborn. Both acts should thus be avoided as being bid’ahs.


    1. Recorded by Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi, and others. Verified to be weak by al-Albani (ad-Daifah vol. 1, p 493). Note that al-Albani (raheemullah) at first considered this hadith authentic (in Irwa ul-Ghalil, as-Sahih Abi Dawud, and Sahih ut-Tirmithi) but later found, as noted above, based on further evidence, that it is not.

    2. Recorded by Abu Ya’la, Ibn us-Sunni, and others. Verified to be fabricated by al-Albani (ad-Daifah no. 321 and Irwa ul Ghalil no. 1174).

    3. Recorded by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab ul Iman. Verified to be fabricated by al-Albani (ad-Daifah vol 1, pp 493-494).

  10. Mashaa Allah…thanks for these valuable informations, sis Umm AbdurRahman.
    Jazaki Allahu khairan.

  11. wa alaykum salam

    jazakiAllahu khayran Umm AbdurRahman. To be honest I have a big ? in my head now… as so far I’ve always read that the Iqamah only is a bid’ah.. and from Salafi Shoyouk… maybe a difference of opinion? Allahu a’alam, but I’ll check further, that’s for sure, insh’Allah! So, barakAllahu fiki! :)

  12. Umm AbdurRahman

    Asalaamu Alaykum,

    I understand what you’re saying and I felt shocked at first when I heard this because the athan is such a widely followed and practiced ‘sunnah’ and because I had read from other scholars that it was permissible. In a way there is a difference of opinion, however one must consider the inner workings of fiqh. Albaani (r) agreed with the consensus originally until he was able to get a hold of this rare and hard to find complete chain of narration. The scholars who say it is a sunnah are basing the fact that has some weakness in it can be strengthened by other reports to the same effect. However, upon getting a hold of the full narration, Shaykh Albaani realized that the hadith itself which is used as proof is very weak, and the supporting narrations are fabricated narrations, therefore there are no hadith to support the idea of saying the athan.

    Furthermore, I consider the fact that all of the esteemed ulema were soooooo knowledgeable mashaallah, but in addition to that, they all had their specific fields where they were especially strong, and for Shaykh Albaani that was the classification of hadeeth, and he is considered, even by the other maashayikh of his time as being the foremost authority on hadith of this current era. For that reason, I definitely trust that his classification and verdict that this is a bid’ah, along with his daleel, is saheeh inshaallah.

    Anyway, it is definitely a good thing to research :).

    Wa Allahu Alam.

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