I had a question regarding Aquiqah. What is the real meaning of Aquiqah and is it wajib to slaughter an animal and shave the baby girls head.

It is highly recommended to have a sheep slaughtered one week after the baby’s birth. This is called the Aqeeqah. It serves as divine protection for the child and it brings blessings from God. Shaving the baby’s head is also recommended.

It’s not wajeb (mandatory) to observe these two. It’s only recommended.