When can the Aqiqa (sacrificing animals to thank God for the baby He has given to somebody) be observed?

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When can the Aqiqa (sacrificing animals to thank God for the baby He has given to somebody) be observed?
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Aqiqa (sacrificing animals to thank God for the baby He has given to somebody) can be observed from the time the baby is born until it s/he reaches puberty. The 7th, 14th and 25th days of the birth are regarded as the most appropriate times to observe it; especially the 7th day is considered to be excellent. On the same day, the hair of the boy or girl is shaved and gold or silver or money equal to the weight of the hair is distributed as charity. It is better to name the child that day, too.

Thus, this sacrifice can be observed from the day of the birth until puberty. However, the seventh day of birth contributes to gain more thawabs.

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