Reward for Raising Child with Abnormalities
Fatwa No: 84468

  • Fatwa Date:9-7-2002 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 29, 1423
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I got pregnant 2 years ago and my baby was diagnosed with several abnormalities and the doctors recommended abortion. Al-Hamdulillah, my husband and I did not listen to them and kept the baby who turned out to be a wonderful and healthy baby. He is now 16 months old but he is a dwarf, very short. My heart breaks every time I look at him and just want to know if he gets more Ajir with Allah for being born different? This will help me a great deal in raising him and answering his questions.


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.

No doubt, parents get a great reward from Allah for raising their children. Taking care of their physical needs and their health is the responsibility of parents. So, they have to look after their children’s physical health so they will grow healthy, especially the disabled ones.

In fact, this is the job Allah has charged parents with. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Everyone of you is a guardian and everyone of you is responsible for his subjects.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

It is also the responsibility of parents to raise their children according to the Sharee'ah, teaching them the religion and good character in order to become a continuous source of good reward even after their death. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “When a person dies all his good deeds cease except for three: a continuous act of charity, beneficial knowledge, and a righteous son who prays for him.” [Muslim and others]

Therefore, the questioning sister may know that there is a good reward in raising such a child.

Allah knows best.

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