Wife with serious health problems wants to prevent future pregnancy
Fatwa No: 81511

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

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

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. If this woman, 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 the mischief with lives. He says: {And when he turns away (from you “O Muhammad SAW”), his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle, and Allah likes not mischief.} [2:205] You should be thankful to Allah and do not believe that these children are enough. You do not know the coming days. God forbid! They may die, you may need in your old age or you may need the good offspring to pray for you. Allah knows best.

Related Fatwa