Why We Do Aqiqah

Muslim parents do not hold a “baby shower” prior to the child’s birth. We do aqiqah, a welcoming celebration which is held after the child is born. As RasuluLlah explained in hadist:

“It was narrated from Salman ibn ‘Aamir al-Dabbi that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “ ‘Aqiqah is to be offered for a (newly born) boy, so slaughter (an animal) for him, and remove all dirt from him.” (H.R Bukhari)

The word aqiqah comes from the Arabic word ‘aq which means to cut. Some attribute this to the child’s first haircut, while others say that it refers to the slaughtering of the animal to provide meat for the meal.

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What does Azalia mean? 

Several friends of mine argued that we choose Azalia for our daughter’s  name based on Ali Sastra’s song. That’s not completely wrong, ’cause we do like that song, and I knew this kind of flower from that song actually. But the main reason why we choose this name is the meaning of the flower itself.

Azalia/ Azalea / Tsutsuji / Evergreen

Azalea tends to represent good qualities of personalities, but it also symbolizes specific emotions or events. Many people feel this flower means:

  • Remembering your home with fondness or wishing to return to it.
  • Taking  care of yourself and your family
  • Temperance – the Victorians often carried a bloom if they supported the prohibition of alcohol, but it also represents emotional evenness
  • Passion that is still developing and fragile
  • Elegance and wealth
  • Femininity and feminine beauty
  • Abundance, especially of beauty or intelligence

Source :

http://www.flowermeaning.com/azalea-flower-meaning/
These personalities that we hope will be on our first daughter.

Arti Sebuah Nama

Dari al-Mughirah bin Syu’bah radhiallahu ‘anhu dari nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, beliau bersabda, “Mereka dahulu suka memakai nama para nabi dan orang-orang shalih yang hidup sebelum mereka.” (HR. Muslim no. 2135)

Masih dalam suasana bulan syawal, dan oleh-oleh dari lebaran tahun ini adalah banyaknya pertanyaan dari para kerabat,
“Istrinya udah hamil belum?”
“Sudah berapa bulan?”
“Laki-laki atau Perempuan?”

Saya dan istri sebenarnya tidak mempermasalahkan perihal gender, yang terpenting kelak si dedek (panggilan kami berdua buat bayi dalam perut istri) lahir dengan sehat dan selamat, dan istri saya juga begitu.

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Ilustrasi dari Anime Barakamon

Namun, sedikit banyak agak kepikiran juga, karena beberapa kerabat sudah ada yang ‘tag’ mau kasih ‘sesuatu’ buat si dedek, dan itu berdasarkan gender. (AlhamduliLlah, belum lahir saja sudah banyak yang bahagia). Hingga  kami berandai-andai, gimana kalau cewek, gimana kalau cowok, yang akhirnya jadilah kepikiran soal mempersiapkan nama.

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