Wife with Serious Health Problems Wants to Prevent Future Pregnancy
Fatwa No: 81511

  • Fatwa Date:27-9-1999 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 17, 1420
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Question

My wife delivered her 8th child last week. She is 40 years old and suffers a lot physically, psychologically and socially by being unable to prevent pregnancy through the use of birth control methods. She wants to know if she is allowed by Sharia to use a permanent birth control tool, i.e. to prevent pregnancy forever? She has some heart problems, and one female doctor told her that it is not good for her health to continue delivering. She needs a fatwa before she decides upon permanant birth control surgery.

Answer

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

If your wife, by virtue of reliable doctors’ confirmation and advice, is facing problems by reason of continuous pregnancy, and this may harm her health, then it is lawful for her to go on for this surgery. If the condition is not so serious, then this operation will not be allowed, because Almighty Allah dispraised those who play mischief with lives. Allah Says (what means): {And when he goes away, he strives throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and animals. And Allah does not like corruption.} [Quran 2:205]

You should be thankful to Allah and not believe that these children are enough. You do not know the coming days. Allah forbid! They may die, you may need children in your old age, or you may need the good offspring to supplicate for you.

For more benefit on family planning, please refer to 99184, 97251, 84436, 82154 and 87155.

For more benefit on permanent birth control, please refer to Fatawa 119261, 83837, 134895, 87304, 87155, 89857 and 84086.

Allah knows best.

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