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Tahneek is an Arabic word which means putting something sweet, such as dates or honey, in the child’s mouth after the birth of child.


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It was reported that Abu Moosa(R) said: “I had a baby boy, and I brought him to the Prophet. He named him Ibraaheem, did Tahneek with some dates and prayed to Allaah to bless him, then he gave him back to me.” Sahih Al Bukhari, 5467; and Sahih Muslim, 2144, 2145


Other things to do after child birth

  1. Naming: The child should be given a good name, such as ‘Abd-Allaah or ‘Abd al-Rahmaan. Sahih Muslim, 2132, 2315
  2. Shaving: It is Sunnah to shave the child’s head on the seventh day and to give the weight of the hair in silver in charity.  Tirmidhi, 1519; classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1226
  3. Aqeeqah: “Every child is in pledge for (sacrificial animal) which should be slaughtered for him on the seventh day, his head should be shaved and he should be named.”  Abu Dawood, 2838; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4541 
    Two sheeps for a boy and one for a girl. Tirmidhi, 1513; Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1221; Abu Dawood, 2834; al-Nasaa’i, 4212; Ibn Maajah, 3163 
  4. Circumcision: “The fitrah (natural state)is five things, or five things are part of the fitrah: circumcision, shaving the pubic hairs, plucking the armpit hairs, clipping the nails and trimming the moustache.” Sahih al-Bukhari, 5550; Muslim, 257


Seek Allah's protection for children

The Prophet used to seek Allah's protection for Al-Hasan and Al-Husain by saying: (Dua to safeguard from Evil Eyes) "U'eezukumaa bikalimaatil-laahit-taammati min kulli shaytaanin wa haammatin, wa min kulli 'aynin laammatin".

Translation: "I seek protection for you in the Perfect Words of Allah from every devil and every beast and from every envious blameworthy eye" Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 4:119. [1]


Latest Research

A dose of sugar given as a gel rubbed into the inside of the cheek is a cheap and effective way to protect premature babies against brain damage, say experts. Researchers from New Zealand tested the gel therapy in 242 babies under their care and, based on the results, say it should now be a first-line treatment.


Andy Cole, chief executive of premature baby charity Bliss, said: "This is a very interesting piece of new research and we always welcome anything that has the potential to improve outcomes for babies born premature or sick. [2]


Amazingly, hundreds of years after the origin of the Islamic custom, modern science is only recently discovering the medical and physiological benefits of following the Sunnah. According to recent medical reports, placing a sweet-tasting substance inside the mouth of a newborn baby drastically reduces the sensation of pain and reduces the heart rate.


Reports published in the British Medical Journal (No 6993, 10 June 1995), categorically prove the benefits of giving a new-born child sugar, in order to reduce the ill effects of painful hospital procedures like pricking the heel to obtain a blood sample for tests or before surgical procedures like circumcision.


The study, entitled `The Analgesic (pain killing) Effect of Sucrose in Full Term Infants: A Randomised Controlled Trial', was conducted by researchers Nora Haouari, Christopher Wood, Gillian Griffiths and Malcolm Levene in the post-natal ward in the Leeds General Infirmary in England. [3]


See also

AqeeqahBaby namesPROPHET MUHAMMAD صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم: A MERCY FOR CHILDRENProphet as a fatherfamily in IslamMarriage in IslamAbortionChildren;






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