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Adopting children from orphanages

Fatwaa ID: 2036

Aslamualaikum Mufti, I have a question. We are a couple of 43 years. we don’t have our children. Due to some medical issues, we might not have kids even. We cannot even adopt kids from any of us family members. I want to know if we can adopt children from orphan houses? We want to raise orphan kids and provide them a better life. If we adopt children now at age of 43, there are chances of them( children) to reach their adulthood while we both are above 50 years old. I was wondering can we go for adoption from orphan house? Looking forward for your advice. JazakAllah Khaire

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy for you and your husband. May He bless you with what is best for you.

It is permissible to adopt children from orphanages. Taking care of them and blessing them with a better living will be greatly rewardable for you and your husband.

Some points to bear in mind when adopting a child:
-The child must be attributed to the biological parents. The child will not be attributed to the adoptive parents nor referred to as their son. The child should ideally be informed of this as well when he becomes of age.
-The adopted child is a non-mahram to his biological parents and the laws of hijaab will be applicable when the child becomes baaligh. This can be circumvented by the adoptive mother breastfeeding the child before he/she reaches two lunar years of age. Induced lactation may be considered if required.
-The adopted child will not inherit the adoptive parents, nor will they inherit him except through a bequest.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/27/1445 AH – 01/10/2024 CE | AML3-3848

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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