We are pleased to introduce a new line of Waladnama birth announcements, designed to celebrate the name of your child. Each design comes with calligraphy of your child's first name illuminated within a shamsa design. During the proofing process, you can choose to include the child's birth details, or just the child's name. Waladnamas come in the 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" size. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note: all designs, language and layout are copyright.
Why celebrate the naming of a child?
One of the sunnahs that is fulfilled after the birth of a child is an aqeeqah, a joyous event held on the seventh day after birth to give thanks to Allah (SWT) for the child’s birth. During an aqeeqah, the baby’s hair is either trimmed or shaved off, and it is sunnah for the parents to give an amount of silver or gold equivalent to the weight of the baby’s shaved hair if it is within their means to do so. The naming ceremony usually also takes place during the aqeeqah, after which an animal is slaughtered in sacrifice, the meat of which is distributed to the poor, as well as the friends and family of the parents.
Although it is traditional to name the child during the aqeeqah, directly after the cutting of the baby’s hair, it is also permissible for the parents to name their child before or after the aqeeqah takes place. In fact, any child that is born alive should be given a name according to Islamic law.
The name of a child is accorded great importance in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) commanded parents to bestow their children names with good meanings. As a matter of fact, one of the three fundamental rights Muslim children have over their parents is the right to given a good name with a virtuous meaning, so that the child will grow to live up to their name. This dictum also applies to adults with objectionable names. There are several instances in the seerah of the Prophet (SAW) changing the names of Sahabi whose names had meanings that opposed the message of Islam.
With our waladnamas, we hope to highlight this tradition of announcing the child's name during the time of aqeeqah, and we hope that as the child sees their name in Arabic on their waladnama throughout their childhood, they come to love their name's beautiful meaning.