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We are living in Montreal, Canada. Doctor suggested my wife to go for IVF (test tube baby procedure)

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We are living in Montreal, Canada. Doctor suggested my wife to go for IVF (test tube baby procedure) and also suggested that in other way possibility is less. Is test tube baby legal in Islam or not?


If 1st time is failure and if there is extra embryo (embryo is wife`s egg fertilized by husband`s sperm), can it be preseved by freezing and be used later for test tube babay procedure? Because there is a system to preserve embryo and use 2nd time in case of failure. Please explain this in the light of Islam.

 

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Your Question: Is test tube baby legal in Islam or not?

It is obvious that such modern medical technology like artificial insemination, test-tube procedure, or IVF treatments, etc. were not available at the time when the Quran was being revealed, thus the Quran and the Sunnah are obviously silent on the issue. With the advancement of modern technology the scholars and jurists in Islam have strived to derive an opinion regarding its permissibility in light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah.

 

In the opinion of the majority of the scholars in Islam, there is no harm if when one has a low sperm or egg count or any other medical problem, and wishes to use modern medicine and technology and means of artificial insemination to try to conceive a child, provided the sperm and the egg used to fertilize the ovum are from the same married couple. The child derived from artificial insemination will be recognized as the legal and lawful off-spring of the couple in the Sight of Shariah Law.

 

But the scholars in Islam have voiced their opinion and declared it absolutely impermissible for the couple to try to conceive a child, where the sperm or the egg is from any one other than their very own (donor or surrogate father or mother, etc.).

And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

Your Question: If 1st time is failure and if there is extra embryo (embryo is wife`s egg fertilized by husband`s sperm), can it be preseved by freezing and be used later for test tube babay procedure? Because there is a system to preserve embryo and use 2nd time in case of failure. Please explain this in the light of Islam.

Provided the sperm and the eggs or ovum used are from the married couples themselves and not of a donor or surrogate, the majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that there is absolutely no harm if one freezes the embryo to be used in case of a failure at the first attempt by the medical experts.

 

The scholars have opined and warned that under absolutely no circumstances should the sperm be used to fertilize a donor or surrogate embryo of anyone other than the eggs of ones lawfully wedded wife; and under absolutely no circumstances should the embryo of the wife be fertilized by the sperm of any other than ones lawfully wedded husband.

And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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