‘Aqīqah was a ritual of the pre-Islamic Jāhilliyyah period. The Prophet (sws)
did not give religious sanction to it. Therefore, it is not part of the
Islamic Sharī`ah. However, animal sacrifice to express one's gratitude on a
new addition to one's family is a deed which pleases the Almighty just as the
prayer at an instance of joy pleases Him.