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|Aborting a Fetus Based on Scanning Results|
|In some countries, some families do scanning on fetuses, particularly within the first three months, in an attempt to see whether the fetus is diseased or not. Sometimes, families discover that the fetus is afflicted with a disease that is NOT life threatening, but they want to have a baby that is free from all diseases. The question now is, does the family have the right to abort the fetus in such a case, especially when the law of the country doesn't consider abortion to be a crime in such an instance? Does Islam allow abortion in the case in point?|
|Muhammad Nur Abdullah|
AnswerIn the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, thanks for your question. We implore Allah to guide us to understand the teachings of Islam in the best way.
Muslim scholars state that aborting the fetus according to the information given in the question has to be avoided, as the results of the scanning are not certain and the disease itself is not life threatening.
Responding to the question, Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Al-Azhar scholar, states the following:
Moreover, Sheikh Muhammed Nur Abdullah, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and member of the Fiqh Council of North America, adds:
Moreover, Dr. Salah Sultan, President of the American Center for Islamic Research, Columbus, Ohio, and Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, concludes: