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One of the manifestations of the deep devotion the companions had for the Prophet was that when a child was born in the family, they brought it to him so that he might bless it, and apply on its palate, the pulp of a date etc. The date (or honey) should be chewed to make it easier for the baby to swallow. This is called tahnik and it is a sunnah (the prophet’s example).Narrates Aishah (wife of the prophet, may Allah bless her): People used to bring their newborn children to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and he would bless them and perform the tahnik ceremony.

Tahnik is a sunnah and therefore highly encouraged for newborns!

Darul Ghufran Mosque celebrates the birth of a newborn Muslim by offering the Tahnik ceremony services at the mosque. The service includes the application of the date or honey into the child’s mouth and the first shaving of the baby’s hair. The service is led by Ustaz Abdul Aziz Bin Mohammad (picture inset), and Ustaz Sabtu Dawi.

Tahnik is by appointment only

Parents who wish to perform Tahnik for their newborn babies at Darul Ghufran Mosque may fill up the Tahnik registration form attached below.

A minimum fee of $50 as remuneration for the Ustaz is obligatory.

* Donation to the needy will be based on the weight of the baby’s hair. And Ustaz or front desk officers will assist in weighing your baby’s hair right after your appointment. (In the event that an accurate weighing is unavailable, Ustaz will give the final say as to its estimated weight.)

May Allah s.w.t blessed your home with a faithful and dutiful bundle of joy that fills the air with peace and laughter. Aamiin.

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