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Iam 37 year old women and i have two children.i am carrying the third one.As the doctors says that it is risk taking to deliver after 30 years,Iwould like to stop delivery.I would like to know what Islam says about this matter.

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you have 120 to abort the baby before is has a soul. i know it sounds funny but that is what they say. the real question is: who are these crackpot doctors. over 30? that is insane. women over 40 give birth all the time. there is an increased possibliity of complications, but they are still very rare. do you have other medical issues that would make you personally at a higher risk then normal?

(Aug 26 '13 at 12:52) abul rauf abul%20rauf's gravatar image

Islam values human life. This is clearly expressed in the Qur'an where we are told that in the sight of God killing a human is a very serious matter (see Qur'an 5:32). The Qur'an teaches that on the Day of Judgement parents who killed their children will be under trial for that crime, and their children will be witnesses against them (see Qur'an 81:8-9).

People often fear that having more children will make them poor. In reply to that, the Qur'an says: Do not slay your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them and for you (Qur'an 17:31). Even in a case where one is already poor, the Qur'an insists that Allah will provide sustenance for us and for our children, and furthermore that Allah has made human life sacred (see Qur'an 6:151).

The right to life is God-given. No human should take away that right. The general rule, therefore, is that abortion is not permitted in Islam. However, Islam is a very practical religion. It includes principles to deal with exceptional cases. One such principle is that when a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, an abortion may be performed. Although the lives of both mother and child are sacred, in this case it is better to save the principal life, the life of the mother. Even in this case, it would be better if the abortion is done before the foetus is 120 days old, for that is when the soul is breathed into the foetus. Islam does not permit abortion in other cases.

Women who have been victims of rape or incest naturally deserve sympathy and help. But a child conceived in this unfortunate manner still has a right to live. Of course this places an unwanted burden on the mother, but killing the child is not the right solution. To understand this point better, suppose someone sees the poorer sections of society as an unwanted burden on the rich. Would it be right then to kill off all the poor? Of course not. Why then should anyone decide that a child should be killed just because they are an unwanted burden? Society as a whole should help such a mother and relieve her as far as possible. But the child should not be killed.

Now unless you have a pre-existing medical condition, there is absolutely no reason as to why you cannot have this baby. If you are looking for excuses due to the fact that you do not want this baby, I would strongly advise you to think again. This child hss the right to live, just like you do.

answered 5236 stronghold's gravatar image

Can you provide citation about 120 days . Jazakallah.

(Aug 27 '13 at 03:49) sadie ♦ sadie's gravatar image

Have faith..37 is far from old. I have an aunt that delivered a perfectly healthy baby at 47 .medically speaking its ridiculous to say its risky after 30 if the patient has no other health issues or risk factors .I would never give a patient this advice.Im surprised your doc would say this.most say after 36 but most healthy women can safely carry babies until their body stops being able to support a growing life..Religiously speaking..God has the right to give and take life.We are only alive because God willed it..Think of this please when you think of this precious baby your carrying.Everything comes from God..even our income.If God gives you this life to care for then you will surely be blessed with the means to take care of it.Just believe and trust.

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edited Aug 27 '13 at 11:14

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, Dear Sister, Have you seen what a foetus looks like at 120 days of development? It is a well formed little human being. A person. Knowing what I know, I would err on the side of extreme caution.

'Abortion and the termination of pregnancy is the expulsion of a foetus from the womb of a woman. This may either be by consuming of certain drugs or by emptying the womb through the process of suction.

Life is sacred:

Islam regards human life sacred. Allah Most High says: “And verily we have honoured the children of Adam” (Surah al-Isra, V.70). It does not matter where the life exists. Whether the life is extra-uterine or intra-uterine, its location has no significance on its sanctity. This sanctity applies not only to human life, but to the human body as well. Hence, according to Shari’ah, the physical body of a human after death is just as sacred as it was before death. The degree of sanctity of life is greater than that of the body. This is one of the reasons why it is unlawful (Haram) to consume the meat of a human, dead or alive.

The Shari’ah ruling on abortion: Abortion can be divided into two stages:

a) Abortion after the soul (Ruh) enters the foetus

b) Abortion prior to the entry of the soul in to the foetus

Before mentioning the ruling on abortion with regards to these two stages, it must be remembered here, that according to Shari’ah the soul (Ruh) enters the foetus at 120 days (4 months) from conception.

The Jurists (Fuqaha) have based this duration upon a Qur’anic verse and a statement of the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace). In the verse Allah states the stages of development of the embryo in the womb of the mother. Allah Almighty says:

“And verily we did create man from a quintessence (of clay). Then we placed him (as a drop of sperm) in a place of rest, firmly fixed. Then we made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood. Then of that clot we made a (foetus) lump. Then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh. Then we developed out of it another creature (by breathing life into it). So blessed be Allah, the most marvellous creator” (Surah al-Mu’minun, 12/13/14).

In the Hadith recorded by the two most authentic authorities, Imam al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim in their respective Sahih collections, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) discussed in detail the periods elapsing between these stages, mentioned by the Qur’an.

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:

“The seed of one of you remains in the womb of the mother for forty days in the form of a Nutfa (sperm). Then it remains like a clot for another forty days, and then for a same number of days like a lump of flesh (when the formation of the limbs and the growth of the bones begin) (Sahih al-Bukhari & Sahih Muslim).

The great Hanafi Faqeeh Ibn Abidin States in his Radd al-Muhtar:

“The soul enters the foutus at one hundred & twenty days (4 months), as established by the Hadith” (Radd al-Muhtar, 1/202)

The ruling on abortion in stage (a) i.e. after the entry of the soul into the foetus which is (as explained) 120 days, is that, it is totally impermissible and tantamount to murder, as it results in the taking out of an innocent life. All the scholars have unanimously condemned such a ghastly act.

Imam Ibn Tamiiyah states in his Fatawa collection:

“Aborting a foetus has been declared unlawful (Haram) with the consensus of all the Muslim scholars. It is similar to burying an infant alive as referred to by Allah Almighty in the verse of the Qur’an: “And when the female infant, buried alive, will be asked as to what crime she was killed for” (Surah al-Takwir, 8) (Fatawa Ibn Tamiyya, 4/217).

Ibn Abidin (Allah have Mercy on him) also states the prohibition of this gruesome act in his treatise ‘Radd al-Muhtar’:

“If a woman intends to abort her pregnancy, then the Fuqaha have said: If the period of the soul being blown into the foetus has elapsed, it will be impermissible” (Radd al-Muhtar, 5/276).

However, some Fuqaha and contemporary scholars have given a dispensation to abort the pregnancy after 120 days, in the situation where the life of the mother is in certain and absolute danger. This is based on the Juristic principle stated in the books of Usul al-Fiqh:

“If one is overtaken by two evils, one should choose the lesser of the two” (al-Ashbah wa al-Naza’ir, P.98)

They state that the mother’s life should be saved and the foetus aborted, as the mother is established in life, with duties and responsibilities, whereas the unborn child is still in the mother’s womb. But it should be remembered that the mother’s life must be in certain danger, and that this should be advised by a qualified and experienced Muslim doctor.

With regards to stage (b) i.e. prior to the entry of the soul into the foetus (120 days), the ruling is that, even in this case it is unlawful (Haram) to abort the pregnancy.

The reason why abortion prior to the soul entering the body will not be permitted is that, although there may not be life in the foetus, but the foetus is considered to be part and parcel of the mother’s body as long as it remains in the womb. Thus, just as one’s very own life and also all the limbs and organs of the human body are trust given by the Almighty Creator, so too is the foetus also a trust given to the mother by Allah, and she will not have a right to abort it.

The only difference here is that the sin of aborting the foetus will be of a lesser degree then aborting it after 120 days. It would not be regarded as murder, rather violating the rights of a human organ entrusted to the mother by Allah Almighty.

It is stated in Radd al-Muhtar:

“It is not permissible to abort the pregnancy before and after the entry of the soul into the foetus” (Radd al-Muhtar, 5/279).

However, in certain extreme circumstances, it would be permitted to abort the pregnancy, before the entry of the soul (120 days), such as: when the woman conceives after being raped, the mothers life or health is in danger, or repeated pregnancies severely damages her health, etc…

Imam al-Haskafi writes in Durr al-Mukhtar:

“Aborting the pregnancy will be permissible due to a valid reason, provided the soul has not yet entered the foetus”.

It should be remarked here that pregnancy due to unlawful and illegal sex is no reason and excuse for abortion. The embryonic life farm in the mother’s womb is honoured and sacred even though it is a result of adultery (Hidaya, 2/292).

In conclusion, abortion after 120 days is totally unlawful and tantamount to murder. Some Fuqaha, however, have given a dispensation only in the situation where the mothers life is in certain danger. As far as abortion before the 120 days have elapsed is concerned, it will still be unlawful, though the sin will be of a lesser degree, and it will become permissible if there is a genuine and valid reason.'

And Allah knows best Reference: Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, UK

answered 5236 stronghold's gravatar image

are contraceptives allowed? what about taking "the moring after pill? when does islam consider conception to take place?

(Aug 28 '13 at 11:48) abul rauf abul%20rauf's gravatar image

it stops pregnancy by stopping a fertilised egg from implanting. It is NOT a form of contraception as commonly believed and I have not read any fatwas but i would imagine that the scholars would consider it a form of abortion - as this is essentially what it is (contraception stops the egg from being fertlised - the morning after pill stops the egg from developing) The embryo at this stage does not have a soul, but it is not halal to have an abortion before a baby has a soul except according to a few scholars in the most extreme conditions.

(Aug 29 '13 at 05:56) stronghold ♦ stronghold's gravatar image

You do what you can and want. If the doctor say its okey to take a abortion, then you have to make the choice if you want it. There can be risks after you have turned over 40 years to be pregnant and get a healthy baby I know a doctor will say. You have 3 years still, so it is OK for you. 3 kids is a blessing... ;-)

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