Kinds and Uses of Contraceptives
Fatwa No: 81836

Question

Regarding your Fatwa about using contraceptives, the mechanism of contraception should be well understood. For example, even pills and intra-uterine devices may prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum (the future baby); in other words they may act as an abortion inducer. You can check this issue in many medical books. So if there is a risk of abortion it should not be allowed. May Allah bless you.

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.

Dear Brother, what you have mentioned in your question does not impact upon the permission of using contraceptives in case of necessity as we have mentioned in our previous answer. As you know, some of these contraceptives kill spermatozoons, which may become babies in future if they were left growing.

Here, we are to distinguish between two cases:

1 - Preventing pregnancy before its occurrence.

2 - Abortion after an embryo comes into existence.

The first one is an expectaction of pregnancy. This, in fact, does not constitute a particular object, which necessitate a rule.

Thus the person, who makes an intercourse interruption, is actually killing the spermatozoon, which may become a baby in future. In spite of this the Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) has approved it but he has forbidden abortion, as we have made it clear in our previous answer.

Allah knows best.

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