Is Using Contraceptives Permissible

Fatwa ID: 04126

Answered by: Alimah Nasima Umm Hamza

 

Question:

 

Assalamualaikum,

I had unprotected intercourse with my wife but I fear that my wife will become pregnant. We are having four children having a gap of 2 years for each child.

Now my wife is single, she has to look after everything related to the kitchen, going to drop children to school, so it will be very tough for us to have one more child.

So, please guide me that can I give her contraceptive or birth control pills?

 

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In The Name Of Allah, The Most-Merciful, The Most Kind

 

Answer:

 

It is well documented in the authentic Hadith that contraception in the form of coitus interruptus was performed during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) and he (pbuh) did not forbid it.

 

Narrated Jabir (ra) added: “We used to practice coitus interrupt us during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger () while the Qur'an was being Revealed.” [[1]]

 

In Bada’i as-Sana’i,  it explains that it will be permitted to perform coitus interruptus without any dislike when the wife agrees to it because this is linked to her rights. [[2]]

 

Therefore, based on this, using modern forms of reversible contraceptives or birth control are permitted, without any dislike, if both you and your wife agree to it.

 

It should be noted that permanent forms of contraceptives will be prohibited as the Prophet forbade castration- a permanent form of castration. [[3]]

 

 

Only Allah (swt) knows best.

Answered by Aalimah Nasima Umm Hamza

Checked and Approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

 


[1] Sahih Bukhari, Hadith Number 5209

 

[2] Imam Kassani, Al-Bada’i As-Sana’i, Volume 2, Page 334

 

[3] Ibn Abideen, Raddul Muhtaar, Volume 6, Page 388

 

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