What to do with Aqiqa meat?
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I live in a small town where there is a small muslim community,I recently did the aqeeqa for my baby including the sacrifice of goats.My question is in regard to the distribution of meat.I have already done dinner in which I cooked 2/3 rd of meat and invited the muslim community,and for the remaining 1/3 rd ,i don`t find any needy/poor person to give as charity in this town.Can I make sadaqa in the form of money instead of giving that 1/3 rd meat,Secondly can I consume that meat or not after making the sadaqa?
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What to do with Aqiqa meat?
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The aqiqah is a sacrifice and an act of shukr or gratefulness to the All-Mighty Lord for his Grace and Bounty at the birth of ones child, and not considered a sadaqah. One may, if he so wishes, consume all the meat; and one may, if he so wishes, give a part of it as sadaqah to the poor and needy; both ways, there is absolutely no harm.
If one cannot find any poor and needy to give the meat to, there is absolutely no harm if one consumes it for himself, his family, or his friends. There is absolutely no obligation to give the 1/3rd of the meat as sadaqah or charity, nor is there any obligation to give it in the form of money to the poor and needy; but if one wishes to give sadaqah at any time, one would receive a huge reward from Allah Subhanah for the act of charity towards the needy and indigent of the society.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 261: The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear hath a hundred grains! Allah giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth; and Allah careth for all, and He knoweth all things.
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