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Thread: Is IVF (invetrofertility) Allowed In Islam?

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    Senior Member razia_jaan's Avatar
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    Default Is IVF (invetrofertility) Allowed In Islam?

    can someone tell me if IVF (invetrofertility) allowed in islam?

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    Default Re: Ivf Allowed In Islam?

    Allah is the Creator of the universe. He created the heavens and the earth. Everything is subject to His will. As believers, we should appreciate and accept that granting of children is the sole prerogative of Allah. Allah in His infinite knowledge and wisdom will bless a person with children at a time that is appropriate to that person’s specific situation. At times, Allah may not grant a couple children, whilst this is also a blessing unto them. Sometimes, Allah tests man through this. Nabi Zakariyyah (alayhimus salaam)received the bounty of a child in his old age.

    Amongst the negative characteristics of artificial insemination are:

    1. Unnatural conception;

    2. A woman is required to expose her private parts;

    However, inability to conceive is also essentially a medical problem. Islam has encouraged us to adopt medical treatment as a means. Therefore, if a genuine medical condition exists, e.g. infertility, etc. then under the guidance of an upright competent medical doctor, artificial insemination may be adopted as a medical treatment with the following provision:

    1. A surrogate mother is not used (that any other women besides the wife) cells are used;

    2. Only the sperm of the husband is used.

    and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai

    My wife is about to have a hysterectomy, meaning all of her female reproductive organs will be removed and she will not be able to conceive children at all. We have no previous children, and I was wondering if in this case it is allowable for us to have an IVF, or what we can do Islamically to have children of our own.


    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

    Hysterectomy is not permissible in the Shari’ah as it is an irreversible method on contraception. It will only be permissible if the womans health will be endangered without hysterectomy. (Fatawa Mahmoodiya, Pg:114, Vol: 5)

    If a couple are experiencing difficulty in conceiving a child the natural way, it will be permissible to adopt the procedure of In Vitro Fertilisation with the condition that the sperm belongs solely to the husband and the egg belongs to the wife. It will not be permissible to use a third person’s sperm under any circumstance. (Jaami’ul Fatawa, Pg: 469, Vol: 1)

    And Allah knows best


    Ml. Suhail Tarmahomed,
    Student Darul Iftaa

    Checked and Approved by:

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai
    Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

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