India’s most influential Muslim seminary, the 141-year-old Dar-ul-Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, has issued a fatwa (edict) forbidding Muslim women from conceiving through artificial means. This effectively means that modern medical techniques like in-vitro fertilisation, surrogate motherhood and artificial insemination are not allowed, according to the seminary “It is not right to masturbate in order to get children by artificial insemination…,” said the fatwa.
One of their concerns is that women would have to disrobe in front of male doctors for the procedure to be carried out. Mufti Imran, a high-ranking Dar-ul-Uloom official, said: “A woman whose husband is not able to give children is not permitted to use any other means. The fatwa also bans infertile women from allowing others to bear their babies.” The fatwa has raised a storm of controversy within the community While it has found support in some sections, several maulanas themselves as well as doctors and prominent personalities have opposed it. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Khalid Rashid was among those who supported the edict. “A child should be created naturally,” he said. “If Allah has not given a child, He has not given the right to get one through artificial means either”
The Doobandi Dar-ul-UIoom has so far issued seven lakh fatwas since its creation on issues like use of western toilots, sexual relationship, personal hygione, and several other nitty-gritties.
Here are some sample Fatwas:-
- On women intentionally opting for sterilization:
Allah says in the Quran, ‘kill not your children for fear of want: we shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you.
- On gay relationship:
It is not allowed for two persons of 10 years or more to sleep at one bed.Friendship is allowed until it does not cause anything prohibited in Islam.
- On music:
The Quran and Hadith have prohibited it. The UIoma have declared music unlawful.
If the proposal is made on phone or Internet, then it is not right. In nikah, it is compulsory that the eijab and quboolare made before two witnesses.
- On perfume use:
Perfume containing alcohol made of grapes, dates or raisin is impure. Alcohols made of other vegetables are allowed. pplying wax at home to remove hair is allowed.
- On body waxing:
Applying wax at home to remove hair is allowed. But going to beauty parlours to do so is prohibited.
News courtesy: Hindustan Times.
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