Birth Control & Abortion in Islam

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Birth control, or family planning through contraception, has become a common practice in society. Many new methods of permanent and temporary contraception have become widespread. Consequently, Muslims have also increasingly begun adopting the various means of limiting or spacing out procreation.

This no doubt has a deep influence on the very core of our society and thus raises many ethical and religious questions, particularly surrounding abortion. Birth Control & Abortion in Islam systematically and concisely presents the relevant rules and regulations of Islamic law on these issues. The discussions are based entirely on the Holy Qur'an, Sunna, and the formal legal rulings propounded by the jurists of the four major Sunni schools of Islamic law. After learning of the significance of the topic through the author's simple writing style, the reader is guided through the Islamic teachings on the various forms of birth control and abortion with unequivocal conclusiveness. Short and to the point, it contains all the essentials one needs to know about the subject.

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"With accurate Islamic rulings based on classical Islamic scholarship and careful consideration of the modern context, this book is a must-read, especially for healthcare professionals who might have to discuss issues related to abortion or birth control with Muslim patients." -- Husain Abdul Sattar, Clinical Instructor, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago Hospitals

"Enjoyable, informative, and well-referenced. A much needed guide that draws on all four schools of Islamic law to rigorously address an oft-debated issue." -- Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf, Zamzam Academy, USA

"A valiant attempt to bring traditional Islamic jurisprudence and its principles to bear on modern-day challenges. An engaging, educational, and intellectually stimulating work that reassures us that our scholarly forefathers provided us with guidance in all areas of life." -- Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago

About the Author:

(Shaykh Mufti) Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari is a traditionally trained scholar who studied in different parts of the world. Born in Leicester, UK in 1976 and raised under the guidance of his illustrious father, Shaykh Mawlana Adam, he started learning about Islam from a very young age. He memorized the Holy Qur'an at a very tender age of 9.

At the age of 12, he enrolled into one of the famous Islamic institutions in Britain, Darul Uloom in Bury, and studied the Arabic Language and various other Islamic Sciences under many Shuyukh notably, Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf Motala (A great scholar of Hadith & Tasawwuf, and the senior disciple of the famous Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandahlawi). He received Ijazas in various books including the six major books of Hadith. He also took part in a one year course of specialization in fiqh (Ifta).

After graduating from the Dar al-Uloom, he travelled to Karachi, Pakistan, where he studied under one of the greatest living Scholars, Shaykh Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Vice Chairman, International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah) and others.

In the year 2000, he travelled to Damascus, Syria, where he increased in experience and knowledge by studying under the great Ulama of Sham ( Syria). Among those from who he has Ijazah are Shaykh Abd al- Razzaq al-Halabi and Shaykh Doctor Abd al- Latif Farfur al-Hasani.

His works include The Issue of Shares, Birth Control & Abortion, Simplified Rules of Zakat, The Importance of Growing a Beard (Arabic) and Discussions in the beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah (Arabic).

He presently resides in Leicester, UK, where he teaches students the various Sciences of Islamic Knowledge at Jamiah Uloom al-Qur'an, and helps people with their queries and problems with the Darul Iftaa.

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