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Question # : 359


What is the ruling on a woman intentionally having sterile (permanently stop fertility), if it is not medically needed? Just only by fashion or economically, socially or fear of financial instability. What is the punishment for man and woman if they are involved in doing so? What hadith and Quran and Ulma say about that?

Please reply in detail with any available Hadith or Qurani reference. Your quick and positive reply will be highly appreciated. JazaKu mullah Khair!

Answer : 359

Published on: May 9, 2007

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 63/D)


By sterility, perhaps you mean surgical contraception and removal of uterus in order to avoid child birth. If this is the case then you should know that Allah says in the Holy Quran:

لا تقتلوا اولادکم خشیة املاق نحن نرزقھم و ایاکم (سورة الاسراء)

Kill not your Children for fear of want: we shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin. (17/31)


Likewise the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) says in a Hadith:

تزوجوا الودود الولود، فاني مکاثر بکم الامم (سنن ابي داؤود والنسائي)

Marry the women who are more loving and fertile; for I will take pride by you in more numbers than others (peoples of other prophets). (Abu Dawood, Nasai)


Therefore, depriving oneself of the boon of child birth for the sake of fashion is unlawful. Similarly, adopting infertility for social and financial reasons is a heinous sin. The husbands must not allow their women to do so.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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