Wife calling out azaan for a newborn and other sunnats to do when a child is born

Q: My wife is expecting to deliver our baby in a few weeks through caesarean. However, due to covid restrictions, the hospital is not allowing any visitors to bring children so I am unable to leave my young kids with anyone. My question is, can I give azaan and iqaamah to the newborn after the baby comes home after 3 days or is it necessary to give it soon after birth? If I can’t manage to visit then can I give it over the phone through video call?

Also, do I need to feed the new born with dates and honey? Just to lick it?

Can you please let me know what all I need to do Islamically for my new born baby?

A: If you cannot give the azaan then tell your wife to give the azaan. It is masnoon to call the azaan immediately after birth. Why should the innocent child be deprived of the barkat of the azaan.

This is called tahneek. It is preferable that the tahneek be performed by a pious person.

On the seventh day it is preferable to do aqeeqah for the child, shave the head and choose a name for the child.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)