The Differences between Qurban, Hadyu, and ‘Aqīqah

Besides Qurban, Hadyu and ‘Aqīqah are other terms that also entail sacrificial rituals. They can be distinguished in terms of aḥkām (rulings) and definitions.


As defined, Qurban is the sacrificial ritual on the specific days of Zulhijjah (from the 10th to the 13th). It is Sunnah Muakkadah (highly recommended), and it will only be obligatory if intended as Nazar (Vow).


Hadyu is the one performed on Yawm An-Naḥr (literally, day of sacrifice i.e. Aidiladha) by the pilgrims in particular. Hadyu is generally Wājib (obligatory) upon pilgrims who may have met certain conditions during Hajj or Umrah or did not perform any of the Manasik (integral rituals of Hajj) such as not making the intention at Mīqāt (a boundary where each pilgrim makes their intention to perform the Hajj or Umrah).


‘Aqīqah is the sacrifice made to celebrate the birth of a child. It is not specific to the mentioned days of Zulhijjah as per the act of Qurban. In fact, it can be performed on any other day of the year. The best day to perform ‘Aqīqah, however, is on the seventh day after birth. The Prophet s.a.w. said: 

الْغُلاَمُ مُرْتَهَنٌ بِعَقِيقَتِهِ يُذْبَحُ عَنْهُ يَوْمَ السَّابِعِ وَيُسَمَّى وَيُحْلَقُ رَأْسُهُ

“Every boy is mortgaged by his ‘Aqiqah, so sacrifice for him on the seventh day, and shave his head, and name him.”

(Sunan Abi Daud) 

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