Is there a Hadith in Al Mu’jamul Awsat of Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) and Majma’uz Zawaid that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
The ‘Aqiqah is on the seventh or the fourteenth or the twenty first.
How authentic is this Hadith?
The chain has been declared weak by ‘Allamah Haythami and Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahumallah).
(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 59 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5472)
Despite its apparent weakness, its well supported by a narration of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) which is recorded in Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 238-239.
Imams Hakim and Dhahabi (rahimahumallah) have declared it authentic (sahih).
(Also see i’laus Sunan, vol.17 pg.118)
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has cited this to be the view of the Scholars. This [general acceptance of the scholars – ta’amul] further strengthens the narration.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, after Hadith: 1522)
Note: Kindly refer to a reliable Mufti/Darul ifta for a juristic ruling (fatwa).
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar