Is it permissible for a man to take meassures againist having more children

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Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011





Is it permissible for a man to take meassures againist having more children


Is it permissible for a man to take measures against having more children with his wife because his he is concerned for her mental and spiritual health.  We have two children already and she seems hardly able to handle the pressures that go with this.  I do all I can to help but am busy making money for the family and going to school.  If I remind her of the rewards she with Allah for being a patient mother she comes near blasphemy at times with her reaction.  I already fear the influence she has at times on the two that we have, and feel that divorce would just make everything worse.  So can I have temporary infertilization procedure done until she gets some of whatever kind of help she needs for her anger problems


Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


S/A on Birth Control.


In view of the situation explained by you, regarding your wife, it is permissible for both of you to practice any temporary form of birth control.


And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah



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Chemical – the pill which is taken orally spermicidal jellies used locally. Mechanical – use of condom intra-uterine device Physical – coitus interruptus rhythm method Permanent – sterilization operation – tubal ligations – vasectomies.

Question 1

Is the Practice of contraception allowed in Islam? If so, under what circumstances?


Contraception is permissible on a limited scale for valid reasons – reasons considered by the Shariلh to be valid. The circumstances which will permit reversible and permanent contraception differ.


Among the reasons accepted by the Shariلh as valid for practising reversible contraception are:

(A) Physical weakness.

(B) Sickness.

(C) The wife maintaining her beauty or figure for the sake of her husband.

(D) The couple being on a journey or in a distant land.

(E) Adverse political conditions, e.g. children are forcibly separated from their parents as is advocated by communism; etc.

(F) The couple decide to separate in the near future.

(G) The wife is an immoral person.

There are valid grounds for practising reversible contraception. Poverty or the fear of poverty are not valid reasons for contraception. It is not permissible to practice contraception on account of a fear of not being able to provide for a large family. Such a fear is an attribute of non-Muslims. According to the Qurمn Shareef: ‘There is not a living creature, but its sustenance is the responsibility of Allah.’

Similarly desire to curb sexual desire which may stem out of piety is not a lawful ground for contraception. If practised for any reason which is unlawful in Islam, then contraception will likewise be unlawful, e.g. for indulgence in illicit sex.


Permanent contraception is permissible only if the woman’s life is in danger or her health is seriously threatened.