Having an abortion after the soul is breathed into the fetus

Q 3: My husband was working at the University of Kuwait, but was without work after the invasion of Iraq in 1990. At that time, we used to borrow money in order to provide a living for our three children. In 1991, I was in the fifth month of pregnancy under these hard conditions, so I insisted on having an abortion after the soul was breathed into the fetus. Later on, I bitterly regretted doing this great misdeed. Thanks to Allah, I gave birth to another two babies in 1998 and 1999. The last child I gave birth to was in Shawwal, 1419 A.H. At the King Fahd University Hospital. (Part No. 21; Page No. 455) How can I expiate for the misdeed I committed when I had an abortion and killed the soul that Allah prohibited its killing? Is it enough to perform Salah (Prayer) of repentance and seek forgiveness? What should I do to attain forgiveness?

A: The abortion you had is a prohibited act that you must repent of and must not do again. Also, you have to pay Diyah (blood money) of the fetus to his heirs, if they claim it.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.