Is it sinful to stop breastfeeding before two years?

 

Nasihah (Advice): Sin of separating parents from their children

 

Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub radiyallahu anhu reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever separates a mother from her child, Allah will separate him from his loved ones on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sunan Tirmidhi]

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. Q. I have read that the Quran says it is a right of a child to be breastfed until they are 2 years old. I wanted to know what happens if we do not breastfeed them for 2 years. Do we get sin?

 

(Question published as received)

 

  1. It is recommended (Mustahab) for a mother to breastfeed her child for up to two lunar years (24 Months). A child may be weaned before the expiry of two lunar years by mutual consent of the parents if the child is healthy and growing well and does not need to be breastfed anymore.

 

Allah Ta’ala states in the Quran: The mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years, (that is) for those who wish to complete the term of suckling… If they decide on weaning after mutual consent and consultation, there is no sin on them. (Surah Baqarah; V: 233)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Moosa Salie

Mufti Taahir Hansa

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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