TEST TUBE BABY - Shariah ruling about In Vitro Fertilization
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center.
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>> Introduction
>> Why IVF is needed
>> Diseases on the male side
>> Diseases on the female side
>> Shariah ruling about masturbation to gain semen
>> Clarifications by the Fuqaha in regard to masturbation
>> Shariah ruling about IVF and masturbation
>> Nudity for the sake of gaining the ovum of the lady or to put them back
>> Shariah ruling about using IVF for conception
>> Juristic clarifications and minutiae - Favor of Fuqaha on the Ummah
>> Minutiae in the canons of Fiqh about situations similar to IVF
>> Four cases of combining the sperm and ovum of the husband and the wife
>> Details about permissibility of using IVF
>> Honesty and integrity of the doctors is indispensable
>> Impermissible uses of IVF
>> Combining the sperm and ovum of strangers is akin to adultery
>> Is using IVF changing the creation of Allah?
>> The paternity of an illegitimate child
>> Nikah issues of an illegitimate child

Is using IVF changing the creation of Allah?

The creation of Allah cannot be changed at all.  As Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Rum:


The nature created by Allah will never be changed.  Surah Rum(30:30)


Using IVF is an extraordinary case.  This might lead some to think that this is like changing the creation of Almighty Allah or a violation of nature.  However this thought is not correct.  Changing Allah’s creation would be if the features i.e. the face, eyes, nose, ears, etc. are mutilated or disfigured the way it was done in the pre-Islamic days.  It would have been a violation of nature when the scientists were ‘creating” something on their own.  In this case, what happens is that when due to some disease the embryo cannot be formed inside the body, it is being formed outside in the laboratory using IVF and then implanted into the womb of the wife.  This is not against nature as the phases of conception, pregnancy, etc. are the same.  Neither is a new way of giving birth to children being invented here.  The weakness found in the man and/or woman is being compensated for using an advanced medical technique.  However, because of prohibited acts, there is some degree of undesirability in this.


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