Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Making Aqiqah Preparations

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to slowly prepare for my soon to arrive sprog’s Aqiqah. But today I’ve spent the day trying to do as much as I can before my little sprog arrives.

:: Making Unborn Sprog's Aqiqah Plans ::
An Aqiqah is Islamic ceremony which celebrates the birth of a child through sacrificing animal/animals. How many animals depend on the sex of the child, its one animal for a girl and two for a boy. In countries where Islam is the predominant religion, the sacrifice can be made by the father himself or a member of the child’s family. However, as that is not allowed in the UK, there are specialised halal butchers that can take care of the sacrifice for a cost. The Aqiqah is recommended to take place on the seventh day after the child is born, if it’s not possible to take place on the seventh then it should take place on the 14th day and if the 14th day is not suitable then the 21st day is recommended. What is done with the meat from the animal is up to the parents/family of the child, for instance it can be shared out amongst the poor, friends and family or it can be used to have a celebratory dinner on the day of the Aqiqah.
I’m hoping to have the Aqiqah on the seventh day if everything goes well with the birth and my plan is to have a small gathering with close friends and family. For the gathering I’m planning on cooking a meal using the meat from the sacrificed animal alongside with other food. I also intend on shaving the baby’s head which is also a religious requirement but I would do it anyway to promote new hair growth.

:: Aqiqah Menu is sorted! ::
I want to have a themed party depending on the sex of my little monkey and planning for that has been very hard especially buying colour decorations, tableware etc. But I’ve tried to find one neutral colour for both of the sexes. Which is Blue, yes I know you’re probably thinking blue is predominantly a boy’s colour but I feel blue goes very well pink and white which is the theme if my unborn sprog is a girl and if it’s a boy then the theme colours will be blue and brown.

:: So far I've bought some small favor boxes, card stock for decorations, cupcake cases and striped straws ::
So for I haven’t been able to do much physical planning most of it has been mental or just making notes. I’ve managed to work out what food I’m going to prepare, I’ve made my party printables (banner, dessert table labels). I have bought little bits and bobs (as you can see in the picture above). I still need to make a guest list, plan the basic design of the Aqiqah cake and after the sprog arrives need to send out invites and do the SHOPPING!
So, that’s been my day. How has your been and what have you been up to?
Anyway, I'm going to eat dinner now so until next time,
:-•:*"*:•.-:¦:-•* Ta-ra *•-:¦:-•:*'''*:•-:

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