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Permissibility of Abortions in Islam

Fatwaa ID: 700

I would like to know your opinion on the permissibility of abortions in Islam. Last week, I took a pregnancy test because I suspected that I might be pregnant. It turned out to be positive. So I am now 9 weeks pregnant. I have a 4 years old son he have speech delay and language delay problem he only speak 1 or 2 words in sentences. uses nappies. I have to feed him food and changing for him. Most of the time he is depended on me. I have another little son aswell he is only 13months old. I m pregnant again and now me and my husband doesn’t want to keep this child bcoz I have to look after both of my other kids they completely rely on me. Plus after my last pregnancy my body become so weak now. Can hardly do daily tasks. I am so unwell and i don’t think after this pregnancy. I can look after my childrens. In my last pregnancy i remember my Postpartum pain lasts for 7months. can u plz tell me in this situation can i abort the child I m 9 week pregnant now. i m confused and worried now I want to keep this baby but I think my body is not ready for another pregnancy. plz tell me what to do ?

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

We take note of the details of your query. We make du’aa that Allaah Ta’aala grants you strength and comfort and makes it easy for you. May He bless your children.

Islam has sanctified and honored every soul as well as potential soul. Accordingly, abortion has been ruled to be haraam. However, if there is a legitimate Shar’ee reason, i.e. proven or genuinely speculated abnormalities in the fetus, conception through rape or incest or definite permanent health risks for the mother- physical or mental health, then a dispensation may be afforded in the case of a fetus in which the rooh has not yet been breathed, i.e. within 120 days of conception. Beyond 120 days, it will not be permissible under any circumstances.
In the enquired situation, we take note of the details you have provided. They are not sufficient to permit an abortion. There is definitely some difficulty but the rewards of this are tremendous. We advise you to keep the pregnancy and place your trust upon Allaah Ta’aala. We pray that he makes all your children the coolness of your eyes in both lives. We make du’aa that he makes it easy for you.

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

06/28/1444 AH – 01/21/2023 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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