|Abortion in Islam|
What is the
Islamic opinion on the time when abortion is permissible?
Allah Ta ala says in the Quran: Life
is from a decree of my Lord. (Sura 12 verse 85) the above verse is self
explanatory on the sanctity and significance of life. Generally every decree is
from Allah Taala but the honour of attribution increases its sanctity and
demands its highest level of reference. This command is mentioned in many verses
of the Quran: Allah Ta ala says: "Whosoever has spared the life of a soul,
it is as though he has spared the life of all people. Whosoever has killed a
soul, it is as though he has murdered all of mankind." (sura 5 verse 32)
The fact that every one soul is equivalent to all of mankind clearly
indicates the value of every life.
The above should suffice to express the sanctity of the Rooh (life). It is not
permissible under any circumstances to destroy a rooh. The jurists have
mentioned the life enters the foetus upon 120 days. From then onwards the foetus
is a living human being.
Under no circumstances will it be permissible to abort the child. Allah Taala in
his infinite knowledge knows the circumstances, inspite of Him Being Most
Merciful, He has endowed the foetus with life. Can our deficient mercy to abort
the child be compared to Allah Ta ala s Infinite Mercy to sustain the child. The
heights of His Infinite Wisdom cannot be reached or comprehended. The importance
of the biggest problem in the circumstances cannot be equivalent to the
importance of the Rooh (life). It is too dear to be discarded. Before 120 days
too, it is not permissible to abort the child.
However, it may be permissible to abort before 120 days in the following
3) Sexual interference with the mentally retarded
4) Foetal deformity for e.g.. anencephaly (no brain)
5) Foetal deformity for e.g.. congenital rubella health.
And Allah Ta„la Knows Best.
Article taken (with Thanks) from Islam.tc