Fearful of Having Child after Trying To Avoid Pregnancy
Fatwa No: 81706

Question

I am now expecting and my due date is on 23/7/2000, Insha Allah. Actually I didn't plan to get pregnant, because my first baby is just 11 months old and to have her, I had to have an operation. I've taken a few steps to avoid getting pregnant, and up to now all the steps are useless and I am still pregnant. Now I feel guilty for what I have done, and decided to keep my baby. But I am afraid, afraid that something might happen to my coming baby. Please advice me what should I do? Do you think GOD will forgive me?

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.

You must know that Allah Almighty forgives all sins if one makes a sincere repentance. Allah Says (what means): {And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.} [Quran 4:110]

Ibn Umar narrated that Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Almighty Allah accepts the repentance of His slave as long as he does not breath his last.” [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah]

 You should turn to Almighty Allah in sincere repentance, give up all sins, ask forgiveness from Allah, and multiply your good deeds,

Allah is the Most Forgiving and the Most Merciful.

You should know that temporary use of contraceptives is permitted provided they are not harmful and there should be a real necessity, such as to protect mother's health or to promote child's care in the family. If pregnancy is proven, abortion becomes forbidden in Islam. It is a transgression upon the Creatures of Allah.

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]

However, Muslim scholars agree that abortion may be permitted to save the mother's life, when trustworthy doctors certify that if the pregnancy continues the life of the mother is in danger.

Allah knows best.

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