Shaikh Muqbil rahimahullah was asked:


What are the recommended Sunnan when a newborn arrives?


“The recommended Sunan, rather what is obligatory is the Aqeeqah. For verily the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam said:

كل غلام مرتهن بعقيقته

Every boy is mortgaged by his ‘Aqiqah

It is two sheep for a boy and one sheep for a girl. This is one affair. Another affair is to choose a good name. It was reported by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Prophet sallalu alayhi wa salam said:

أحب الأسماء إلى الله عبدالله وعبدالرحمن

The most beloved names to Allah are Abdullah and Abdurrahman

Beware, beware of calling your child the names of disbelievers like George. Likewise, names of oppressors like Saddam, Ma’mar al-Qadhafi, and Hafidh Asad. Beware of naming with these names. Also the name Jamaal. There is no harm in this. However, if he is named Jamaal Abdul-Nasir, may Allah not have mercy upon him, then no. So what is important, is to choose a good name. Then after that, also choose a pious wetnurse. For verily a child is influenced by the one who nurses him. Beware, beware of a foolish woman nursing or a insane woman (who) nurses the child or a woman who has a sickness in the nerves. For verily this will influence the child. And in Allah aid is sought”.


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan