Offering `Aqiqah for a dead baby

Q 2: What is the ruling on offering `Aqiqah (sacrifice for a newborn) for a deceased baby and what did the Prophet (peace be upon him) say about this?

A2: 'Aqiqah is Mustahab (desirable) for the newborn baby even if it passed away. This is according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): Every child should have `Aqiqah (sacrifice for a newborn) to be sacrificed for him. This includes those who are alive and those who passed away. The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered that two sheep are to be offered for a baby boy and one sheep for a baby girl as 'Aqiqah and he did not specify whether or not they are born alive.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.