First of all, we would like to state that abortion is forbidden in Islam whether it be in the early or late stages of pregnancy. The degree of sin incurred varies according to the stage of pregnancy, so that less sin is incurred if the abortion takes place during the early stages, while it becomes increasingly haram (prohibited by Allah) as the pregnancy advances. When the pregnancy reaches the 120th day, abortion is totally forbidden and is considered a form of murder that requires compensation to be paid. The only condition under which abortion is allowed is when there is an actual threat to the life of the mother that is confirmed by a medical examination that reveals that if the pregnancy advances any further, the mother may die. Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada states: “In exceptional cases like this Islam permits abortion. This falls under the category stated in the principle, “Exigencies render the prohibited as lawful.”
Is abortion to save the mother permissible?
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