From which age should a child start eating solid food according to the Quran and Sunnah?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
The maximum period of suckling is two years. Unless there is some special reason, it is the right of the child that this period be completed. Once a child turns two years old, however, it is not permissible to suckle him. In normal circumstances, a child should gradually be introduced to solid food some time before the age of two; so that by the time he reaches the age of two, he can go completely on solid food. However, if there is a need to introduce him to solid food even earlier, it will be permissible to do so.
وَالْوَالِدَاتُ يُرْضِعْنَ أَوْلَادَهُنَّ حَوْلَيْنِ كَامِلَيْنِ لِمَنْ أَرَادَ أَنْ يُتِمَّ الرَّضَاعَةَ – الآية
( انظر: التفسير المظهري: 1/315 ؛ معارف القرآن: 1/603 ؛ آب كى مسائل: 5/113 )
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Faizal Riza
Darul Ifta Australia
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