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Having children through IVF


Assalamualykum Warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

My question is regarding having a child through IVF.

We are married past 10 years, trying to have child through natural means but by Allah’s will we do not have any children yet.

We live in saudi arabia, and recently came across a male fertility specialist and after going through all the reports, the doctor advised us to go with IVF procedure.

My Questions are:

  1. Is the procedure allowed as per sharia.
  2. If yes, are all the processess required to be done by a female doctor.
  3. As this procedure involves to take out the egg from my wife body, is it a must that this should be done by female doctor.
  4. As this procedure also requires my sperm to be made avilable to doctor, how can i do that, is it allowwed to use my hand or my wife should do that?

Your kind reply is anticipated.


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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

We make dua to Allah Ta’ala to grant you the courage to overcome the challenges related to having a child.

We refer you to the following verses of the Quran;

لِلَّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضِ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ يَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ إِنَـثاً وَيَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ الذُّكُورَ – أَوْ يُزَوِّجُهُمْ ذُكْرَاناً وَإِنَـثاً وَيَجْعَلُ مَن يَشَآءُ عَقِيماً إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ قَدِيرٌ 

Translation: To Allah Ta’ala belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills. He bestows female upon whom He wills, and bestows male upon whom He wills. Or He bestows both males and females, and He renders barren whom He wills. Verily, He is the All-Knower and is Able (to do all things). (Quran 42:49)

If you are advised by your doctor to consider IVF, then you should follow the advice and guidance of your doctor in doing so.

Bear in mind that the following conditions must be adhered to;

1)    Only the sperm of the husband may be used. [1]

2)    A surrogate mother may not be used.

3)    The husband must take assistance from his wife in the removal of his sperm.[2]

4)    A female fertility specialist should carry out the procedures.

If you are forced to carry out the procedures with a male doctor, then it is important to keep all interaction as limited as possible.[3]

In such a situation, make tawbah and istighfaar for violating the laws of Shariah.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] جامع الفتاوى (٣/٢٤٠) – ادارة تأليفات اشرافية

[2] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (4/ 27)

(قوله الاستمناء حرام) أي بالكف إذا كان لاستجلاب الشهوة، أما إذا غلبته الشهوة وليس له زوجة ولا أمة ففعل ذلك لتسكينها فالرجاء أنه لا وبال عليه كما قاله أبو الليث، ويجب لو خاف الزنا (قوله كره) الظاهر أنها كراهة تنزيه؛ لأن ذلك بمنزلة ما لو أنزل بتفخيذ أو تبطين تأمل وقدمنا عن المعراج في باب مفسدات الصوم: يجوز أن يستمني بيد زوجته أو خادمته، وانظر ما كتبناه هناك (قوله ولا شيء عليه) أي من حد وتعزير، وكذا من إثم على ما قلناه

[3] بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (5/ 124)

وكذا إذا كان بها جرح أو قرح في موضع لا يحل للرجال النظر إليه فلا بأس أن تداويها إذا علمت المداواة فإن لم تعلم تتعلم ثم تداويها فإن لم توجد امرأة تعلم المداواة ولا امرأة تتعلم وخيف عليها الهلاك أو بلاء أو وجع لا تحتمله يداويها الرجل لكن لا يكشف منها إلا موضع الجرح ويغض بصره ما استطاع لأن الحرمات الشرعية جاز أن يسقط اعتبارها شرعا لمكان الضرورة

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