Tahnik & Tahliq

A birth is regarded as a gift bestowed by Allah The Almighty. A child will bring blessings and sustenance to the family and babies upon birth are deemed as pure as a piece of white cloth.

Tahnik & Tahlik are some of the early birth rituals and traditions in Islam. Tahnik will be performed by applying honey, sweet juice or pressed dates into the mouth of a newborn baby before Tahliq, the act of shaving of the baby’s hair. This ceremony is usually performed by the child’s parent, or any trusted person.

During the times of our Prophet (ﷺ), Muslims would bring their newborn babies to him and he would perform Tahnik upon them. ‘Aishah, the wife of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Babies were brought to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and he blessed them, and after having chewed (something, eg. dates or any other sweet thing) he rubbed there with their soft palates (HR Sahih Muslim: 286A).

Hence, it is Sunnah and highly encouraged to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby by performing Tahnik & Tahliq.