Is OK to check the sex of a child in the womb for the sake of knowing just the unborn child sex.
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Shukran, with regard to this statement It is He (Alone) Who sends down rain and He (Alone) Who knows what is in the wombs. I remember u sent me another document whic explained that is OK to check the sex of a child in the womb for the sake of knowing just the unborn child sex, so does not this contradict with the above statement?
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Allah knows what is in womb
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 34:
34 Verily the Knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).
Beloved sister in Islam, indeed modern science and technology have only recently developed tools that enable them to see and study what is developing in a mother’s womb; and after studying the formation and creation of the Creator inside the mother’s womb, they are able to predict whether the child will be a male or a female!
But, no science has or can ever develop any machine that can predict whether the child in the womb will grow up to be good or evil, what will his net worth be at every stage of his life, how long will this child live, etc.? The doctors, using their medical knowledge, or through the use of their medical tools, can predict the outcome of a disease, or the sex or physical state of the baby in the mother’s womb. Even though the doctors, with the help of modern science and tools, and after seeing and studying the formation of the creation might only be able to determine the gender of the child; this cannot even be compared to the ‘unseen’ and Perfect Knowledge of the All-Knowing. Is there any doctor who can look at the creation in the womb, and say that this child will grow up and have so many children, or state the childrens gender? Is there any doctor who can predict by looking through the ultra-sound whether the child will be good or evil, or what its sustenance will be, or how long will the child live?
They are not declaring the knowledge of the ‘unseen’, but rather their knowledge is absolutely limited which through their experience, education, and tools, they derive a most probable conclusion regarding only the physical or medical state of the child in the womb!
In light of the above quoted Verse of the Glorious Quran it is obvious that Allah Subhanah’s knowledge is not limited to the gender of the child; but the whole destiny of the child, from its inception, to its life on this earth, to its end in the Hereafter …everything, absolutely everything, is in the Knowledge of the All Wise, All Knowing, Creator!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 13 Surah Raad verse 8:
8 Allah doth know what every female (womb) doth bear, by how much the wombs fall short (of their time or number), or do exceed. Every single thing is before His Sight in (due) proportion.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,