Abortion if genetic disease.

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My first daughter (2 years old)had a genetic disorder(osteopetrosis) and she died few days back.doctors tell that there is 75% for the second baby to have the same disorder.pre natal test can deduct it.but if the disorder is deducted can abortion be done bcoz my first daughter suffered a lot in her 2 years life i dont want other baby too to suffer it.plz i need ur answer. 


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Abortion if genetic disease

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Your Statement: my first daughter (2 years old)had a genetic disorder(osteopetrosis) and she died few days back

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 35:

35      Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good (only) by way of trial: to Us must ye return.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 57 Surah Hadid verses 22-23:

22      No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a Decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah.

23      In order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by nor exult over favors bestowed upon you.  For Allah loveth not any vainglorious boaster


Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:

He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 155-157:

155    Be sure We shall test you with something of fear, and hunger, some loss in goods, or lives, or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.

156    Who say when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah we belong and to Him is our return."

157    They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy; and they are the ones that receive guidance.


Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.1

Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet (saws) said: "When Allah wants to be good to someone, He tries him with some hardship."


Abu Hurairah reports that Allah's Messenger (saws) said: "For every misfortune, illness, anxiety, grief, or hurt that afflicts a Muslim -even the hurt caused by the pricking of a thorn - Allah removes some of his sins." 


Ibn Mas'ud said: "I visited the Messenger of Allah (saws) while he (saws) had a fever. I exclaimed: 'O Messenger of Allah (saws) ! You have a high fever!'  He (saws) said: 'My fever is as much as two among you [might have].'  I asked: 'Is it because you have a double reward?'  He (saws) replied: 'Yes, that is right. No Muslim is afflicted with any hurt, even if it is no more than the pricking of a thorn, but Allah wipes off his sins because of it and his sins fall away from him as leaves fall from a tree'."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.545         Narrated by Abu Said Al Khudri and Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "No fatigue, no disease, no sorrow, no sadness, no hurt, no distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that."


The life of this short transitory world is but a test, and Allah Subhanah puts every human being through good and through evil conditions by Decree to see who amongst them are grateful for the bounties and mercies they receive from their Lord and who amongst them are ungrateful.


Abu Musa al-Ash'ari (r.a.) narrates that the Prophet (saws) said: "When a child of a servant of Allah passes away, Allah asks (although He Knows absolutely everything) to the Angels: 'Did you take the soul of My servant's child?'  They (the Angels) reply: 'Yes.'  He, the Almighty asks: 'Did you take away the apple of my servant's eye?' They (the Angels) reply: 'Yes.' He, the Almighty asks (although He Knows): 'What did My servant say at this?'  They (the Angels) reply: 'He praised You and said: "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'a un (Verily we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return)." At this Allah, Glorious and Exalted, Declares: 'Build for My servant a mansion in Paradise and call it the House of Praise (Al-Bayt al-Hamd)'."

Related by At-Tirmidhi.


May Allah Subhanah bestow upon you and your family His choicest Mercies, Blessings, and Grace and grant the parents of the deceased infant patience to accept their insurmountable loss.  As your humble brothers and well-wishers in this world and the Hereafter, we humbly beg, implore and beseech the Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful to make you and your husband amongst the fortunate inhabitants of the ‘Al-Bayt al-Hamd’ in Paradise, Insha Allah. Ameen.


Your Question: ….but if the disorder is deducted can abortion be done

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 140:

Most surely they became losers, who, in their folly and ignorance killed their own children;  and made unlawful what Allah had provided them as sustenance,  falsely ascribing prohibitions to Allah.   Surely, they went astray and were not at all rightly guided.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 151 (part):

You should not kill your children for fear of poverty; for We provide sustenance for you and will provide sustenance for them also.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 31:

Do not kill your children for fear of want; for it is We Who provide for them, and for you as well.   Indeed, their killing is a heinous crime!


The heinous act of intentionally killing one’s unborn child is akin to the crime of murder in the Sight of Allah Subhanah, and abortion is thus absolutely forbidden and impermissible in Islam.  If one performs or is an accomplice in the heinous crime of abortion, and does not sincerely repent to Allah Subhanah for their abomination, they will be held severely accountable for their sin of intentional murder of an innocent soul in the Just and Supreme Court of The Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.


In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the intentional killing of an un-born child or abortion is absolutely and totally forbidden in Islam.  The only one exception some jurists and scholars in Islam have reluctantly allowed abortion is when in extreme circumstances and situations, the medical experts come to a solemn conclusion that it would be humanly possible to save only one, either the mother or the un-born child, during a severe pregnancy complication.  In such extreme cases where only one of the two, either the mother or the un-born child, can be saved, the jurists have concluded that the life of the one who is alive will take precedence over the one who is not yet born.  Other than this one extreme exception, to the best of our knowledge, there is absolutely no room where abortion would be permitted in Islam.


Respected sister in Islam, the mere fear that one’s un-born child might have a genetic disease, or the mere fear that one’s un-born child might have a medical disorder would not be reason enough to justify its abortion in the Sight of Shariah.  If Allah forbid, one aborts an unborn child based merely on such fears, Allah is our witness sister, they will be guilty of intentional murder in the Presence of their Lord Most Majestic on that Inevitable and Tumultuous Day of Judgment.


If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws),   one can be assured of never ever being misled;   but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.  


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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