In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

July 5, 2008

contraception and abortion in Islam

Western civilization has conceded that the woman has a right to do with her body as she pleases. Consequently, if she becomes pregnant, she can abort the fetus even if her husband or boyfriend objects. The consequence is that over 1,300,000 babies are aborted each year in the United States alone.

The Islamic point of view is that the developing child is a distinct and different entity from the mother. Scientifically speaking, even her blood does not mix with that of the child. Food is passed across membranes. She is merely a receptacle of life. The taking of life is forbidden unless for just cause. Even hunting for sport is forbidden in Islam.

Although the fetus is considered human after the beginning of the fifth month when the angel blows in the spirit, abortion prior to the fifth month is still taking a life without just cause. If the pregnancy threatens the mother's life the fetus may be aborted. Some scholars also hold that in cases of rape where the delivery of the child will threaten the mental health of the woman, abortion at this stage is also permitted.

After the fifth month, abortion becomes murder. A crime punishable by death in Islaamic law. The West stresses "human rights" as an international principle. However, it ignores the right to life of the tens of millions of human fetuses aborted annually. Human rights in Islam begin from conception.

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