Do Stillborn Babies go Jannah? Does the Parent’s Religion Matter?

Fatwa ID: 03748

Answered by: Shaykh Umer Khan

 

Question

Assalamu Alaikum,

Does a child who is born dead, go to Jannah or Jahannam? Does the parent’s religion matter?

 

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

Regarding the stillborn child to Muslim parents, Ibn Kathīr said: "With regard to the children of the believers, there is no dispute among the scholars. al-Qāḍī Abū Yaʻlā ibn al-Farrā' narrated that Imām Aḥmad said: there is no dispute concerning the fact that they will be among the people of Paradise. This is what is well known among people (i.e., the majority of scholars) and this is what we are definitely sure about, inshā'Allāh".[1]

Regarding the stillborn child to non-Muslim parents, there is some difference of opinion, but the majority of scholars believe that they will also be people of Paradise.[2]

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Umer Khan

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 


[1] Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr, 5/56

 

 

[2] al-Tamhīd, 18/96

 

 

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