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IVF baby un-Islamic, says Darul-uloom fatwa


NAKSHAB KHAN | New Delhi, May 19, 2012 15:03
Tags : Darul-uloom fatwa | IVF technique | Aamir Khan | In vitro fertilisation |

Darul-uloom fatwa: IVF technique un-islamicIn what may upset Bollywood star Aamir Khan, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has ruled against women conceiving through In vitro fertilisation (IVF), a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body.

In an e-mail query asking whether IVF technique is licit for a Muslim couple who does not have kids or does not want to adopt, the Islamic institution replied, “Conceiving a child from a process that is unnatural is not allowed.”

Earlier on December 2011, actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao had their first baby boy through surrogacy using the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) technique.

The couple, while announcing the birth of their son, in a press release released to the media that time also thanked miracles of science.

From issuing fatwa (religious decrees) about bicycle riding by girls to banning wearing of wig during prayers, the seminary has courted controversies many times.

But other Islamic scholars say that these fatwas are merely opinion and are not binding.

The seminary's website divide fatwas in over 30 categories.

Sounding caution on Deoband's edict, Professor Akhtarul Wasey of Islamic Studies department at Jamia Millia Islamia, says, “Decision on such issues should be taken after consultation between medical experts and Islamic fiqh scholars. And only then a final conclusion should be reached on such issues. Islamic Fiqh Academy is working in this direction to look into such complicated issues.”

Wasey also added that fatwas on such issues should be given keeping in view the changing scenario of the society.

Concluding that such fatwas are just an opinion, Wasey also said that those who believe in the Sharia law may abide the ruling of the seminary and those who don't believe may not follow it.

But commentator and activist Firoz Bakht Ahmad sounds more liberal in his approach. He says things are changing with time and there should not be any problem in such technique.

“Things have changed very much nowadays. There should not be any problem if a couple wants to have a child trough such a technique. Earlier the seminary had issued fatwa banning Muslims for having their photos clicked. But that didn't work.”

According to a report, Islamic seminary in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district has so far issued more than seven lakh fatwas since the institution was in 1866.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017