Is it shirk to find the sex of the baby in the mothers womb ?
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Please clarify ...is it shirk to find the sex of the baby in the mothers womb ?...i have searched all over the internet and have got mixed answers ..please help.
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Determine the sex of unborn child
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If modern technology has allowed man to use some instruments which can make known the sex of the unborn baby, or determine through using these instruments whether or not some complications has occurred during the course of the pregnancy or delivery, etc. there is absolutely no harm in using such instruments.
But if one wants to learn the sex of the child so that one may determine which baby to keep and which baby to abort depending on its sex; then such a determination would be absolutely against the laws of Islam. Thus it all depends on ones intentions why one wants to know the sex of the unborn child.
It is definitely not shirk to use an instrument and through its information a medical expert determines the sex of ones unborn child; but if one were to look into thin air, or at the face or walk or talk or food of the mother, or the weather, or anything else which is absolutely unrelated to the happenings in the womb of the mother and if that person were to predict that the unborn baby in the womb of a mother will be a male or female.to believe such a prediction would indeed be tantamount to shirk!
But to use scientific instrument which has been built to provide information regarding the development of the unborn baby in the womb of the mother, and one determines through the information provided by the instrument the sex of the unborn baby.there is absolutely no harm in seeking such information.
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