All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets. (Part No. 21; Page No. 441) The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has read the Fatwa request submitted to His Eminence the Grand Mufty by the Military Hospital Manager in
which was referred to the Committee by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars, under no. 1599, dated 9/4/1414 A.H. The question goes as follows:Please find attached a copy of the medical report of the female patient (M.A.A.M.) who is being treated in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit in the Military Hospital in
Please advise concerning this issue.Below is the translated text of the medical report:Date: September 22, 1993.Unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology.Patient Name: M.A.A.M.Patient Number: (...)Age: 31 years.Mr.
Islamic awareness official,As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you). (Part No. 21; Page No. 442) The abovementioned Saudi woman is twenty weeks pregnant. She has six healthy children, and she had an abortion once before. However, she is in good health now, although she had goiter in 1984.During her current pregnancy, she received prenatal care in the primary health care unit, where she had ultrasound that revealed deformations such as the abnormally small size of the head - the entire forebrain - cataract, a nose that has one opening, deformation of the heart (slow heartbeat), most probably ventricular septal defect and abnormal kidneys, as the left kidney has renal cysts.According to the aforementioned results,
we see that the life of this fetus is unsustainable, and we strongly recommend that it should be aborted.
We discussed this issue with the mother, and she agreed to abort it in the nearest possible chance. She is now so depressed, and we think we can help her psychologically and physically by abortion. We also fear that if this pregnancy goes on, she might end up needing a cesarean section, which endangers her life, and might cause her inflammation and bleeding, (Part No. 21; Page No. 443) due to unnecessary procedures. We would like your opinion concerning the religious point of view. We are grateful for your cooperation.Dr.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit Manager.Dr.
Obstetrician and Gynecologist.Dr.
Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
Having studied the Fatwa request, the Committee answered that it is not permissible to abort the fetus because of the deformity mentioned in the question. Allah may heal the fetus during the remainder of the pregnancy. It may be born normal and healthy, as has happened to many people.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.