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Is Aqiqa Wajib or Sunnah Mokda? If it is not performed at 7, 14 or 21 days can it be perfomed later on?

الجواب حامداومصليا
Aqiqah is either Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah or Mustahab on behalf of a newborn. An act that is considered Mustahab (desirable) is one degree less than Sunnah. The ruling of a Mustahab act is that, if someone does it, he/she will be rewarded for it but if someone leaves it then there is harm or sin in doing so.
The preferable time to perform Aqiqah is on the seventh day of birth of child. If it is not possible to perform it on the seventh day then it may be done on the 14th day or 21st or even 28th and it can be done later too.
Although it is Mustahab to perform Aqiqah on seventh day but one may only sacrifice the animal on seventh day and hold the feast on another day.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America
العقيقة عن الغلام وعن الجارية وهى ذبح شاة فى سابع الولادة وضيافة الناس وحلق شعره مباحة لا سنة ولا واجبة كذا فى الوجيز للكردرى، وذكر محمد رحمه الله تعالى فى العقيقة فمن شاء فعل ومن شاء لم يفعل وهذا يشير إلى الإباحة فيمنع كونها سنة
(الفتاوى الهندية ج5 ص442)