A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:
“Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.”
So the doctor said, “Ok and what do you want me to do?”
She said, “I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.”
The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady, “I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.”
She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
Then he continued, “You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest for some period before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms!”
The lady was horrified and said, “No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!”
“I agree”, the doctor replied. “But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.”
The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.
He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same!
In Islam, abortion is viewed as haram or impermissible. The following Quranic verses highlight this fact:
Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty – We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allâh has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islamic law). This He has commanded you that you may understand. (Noble Quran, Surah Al-Anaam, verse 6:151)
And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin. (Noble Quran, Surah Al-Isra, verse 17:31)
Having said that, there are exceptions when abortion is allowed in Islam.
If there is a danger to the mother’s life, abortion is allowed. In Islam, If one is overtaken by two evils, one should choose the lesser of the two. The life of the mother who is established in life, with duties and responsibilities, is more important than the life of the unborn child who cannot live on its own. Therefore, the unborn child can be aborted if it’s a danger to the life of the mother. If it’s not a danger to the mother’s life, then the abortion is haram.
Watch the following video whereby Dr. Zakir Naik shares his views on abortion.