Islam & Abortion

The Islamic position is that since a human being does not owns and masters his/her life, is a trust from Allah, and can be terminated by Allah alone. Abortion is seen as a heinous crime.
  • Abortion could only be considered if the woman's health was a risk factor, after consultation with a specialist.
  • Under normal health conditions abortion is not allowed.
  • Abortion or even prevention of conception for fear of economic hardships goes against the teaching that Allah/God is sole Provider and Sustainer of every living soul.
  • Even in cases where pregnancy is the result of rape or extra-marital union, killing an innocent child is not permitted.
Islam does not permit abortion under normal health conditions, and considers it an elaborate act of killing an innocent person, which is heinous crime under any law.
  1. Abortion could be allowed for a woman's health sake, and that too when properly suggested by some responsible specialist/physician.

  2. Under normal health conditions, and particularly when the foetus is developed enough (that specialists consider it a live body), abortion amounts to deliberate killing and therefore, not allowed.

  3. Abortion or even prevention of conception for fear of economic hardships, is the negation of the basic article of Islamic faith that God is sole Provider and Sustainer of every living soul. That being the reason, the act will be un-Islamic.

  4. Seeking abortion for no "good" reason at all, and saying that the "mother" or "father" just does not want that baby - is inhuman and cruel thinking. No sane person would allow that.

  5. If even the conception is the result of extra-marital union or forced rape, abortion is not allowed, because the (innocent) baby to be, has the right to life, that can not be denied. The biological parents - both or either one - or else the society/state is responsible to take care of such "un-wanted" or illegal births.
Authentic specialist (medical) opinion can be obtained to ascertain if there was any serious danger to mother and child, and that there was really no other way to save the mother’s life, but through abortion. That seems only one condition, where abortion could be considered, again under the guidance of some learned scholar of Islamic Law.

In a traditional Islamic society where alien culture is yet not dominant, the demand for abortion, or desire for a small family and the like, are still at the minimum level. Probably those areas provide genuine cases, where consideration was possible.

The Islamic position is that since a human being does not owns and masters his/her life, is a trust from Allah, and can be terminated by Allah alone.