Amount of `Aqiqah for the boy and the girl

A: It is a Sunnah to slaughter two identical sheep for the `Aqiqah of a baby boy, and one sheep for a baby girl, as was authentically reported from `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Two sheep of similar age and quality are to be sacrificed for a baby boy (as `Aqiqah) and one sheep for a baby girl. (Related by Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhy, and ranked by them as Sahih [authentic]) It was also reported from Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) sacrificed a ram for both al-Hasan and al-Husayn each. Narrated by Abu Dawud and Al-Nasa'y who said "two rams for each", which is the best. As for the required amount, it is the same as the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.