What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: When is one meant to cut the hair of a newborn child. Also, should one donate some silver or gold to charity in exchange for this, and who should it be given to?
Questioner: Brother from England
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب
One should cut the hair of a newborn child on the seventh day [after birth], and one may donate [the money equal to] either some gold or silver which is the equivalent of the weight of the hair.
Just as Muftī Amjad ‘Alī ‘Azhamī, mercy be upon him, states in Bahār-e-Sharī’at that he/she should be given a name on the seventh day, as well as the hair removed; ‘Aqīqah should be performed once this is done. After weighing the hair, one should donate its equivalent in silver or gold to charity.
[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 3, part 15, pg 335]
This charity is of nafl i.e. voluntary, thus one can give this to anyone. It is better to gift it to a poor member of the family if possible, so that one may attain the reward of both charity and treating relatives well. Otherwise, it should be given to any student of sacred knowledge or scholar, so that charity is fulfilled as well as the money being spent in the way of propagating & spreading the religion.
واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری
Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali
Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0736] When do we cut the hair of a newborn child and do we give its weights value in gold or silver to the poor?