Her husband prevents her from having children because she is thin
Fatwa No: 101099

  • Fatwa Date:11-11-2007 - Thul-Qi'dah 2, 1428
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Question

Salam Alaykom. IS it right for my husband not to let me get pregnant just because I am very skinny?? I weigh like 105 pounds and he says I can't get pregnant unless I gain like 20 pounds. It is a little hard for me to gain that much and I am saddened by him telling me I have to gain a certain weight. I also want to mention that sometimes my husband says that since we have 3 children, that we can't have kids until later on?? Is this fair also??? I view pregnancy as a wonderful experience and I like to enjoy every minute of it. May Allah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

In principle having children is a right for both spouses; therefore, it is not permissible for any of them to prevent the other from this right without a sound religious reason.

Hence, if your husband has a good reason supported by the statement of specialised doctors that becoming pregnant in your condition [being of little weight] may affect your health, then he is right. However, if he prevents you just because he is not willing to have many children because of the issue of providing for them, then he is not permitted to prevent you. For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 84472.

Finally, we advise you to discuss the matter with your husband in a nice manner in light of the above.    

Allaah Knows best.

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