Q 1: What is
the ruling on using contraceptives or birth control?
It is prohibited for women to use contraception and birth control without necessity. This contradicts the objectives of the Shari`ah (Islamic law) which encourages Muslims to marry in order to guard their chastity and bear children. Moreover, anyone who practices these methods for fear of poverty has in fact no trust in Allah and His unlimited Rizq (sustenance) and Bounties. On the other hand, it is permissible for women to use contraceptives or apply birth control methods if there is a necessity. For instance, if a woman's health may be endangered by pregnancy or its reoccurrence, she will be allowed to prevent it with safe methods, such as condoms, contraceptive pills or the like to protect her health. (Part No. 19; Page No. 299) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, and Companions.