Ruling on IVF Treatment

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Ruling on IVF Treatment▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: Is it permissible to undergo IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment?

📝 Answer:

This is when a woman is unable to bear a child directly from her husband, so they have to remove an egg from the woman’s ovaries -the same egg which Allah creates the embryo from- and they also have take some of the man’s sperm, then they place both (the egg and the sperm) into a special tube in order for them to fertilise. After this, the fertilised egg is then returned back to the woman’s womb (to grow and develop naturally).

It’s permissible to undergo this treatment if the concerned parties are greatly in need of it, especially if they’ve been patient (for a long time). If after waiting, Allah doesn’t make it easy for them to conceive except through this, then it’s okay to have this treatment carried out by reliable Muslim doctors, who are trustworthy enough to avoid mixing the women’s egg with animal sperm, or combining the man’s sperm with an egg from a different woman. In other words, it’s not permissible to undergo this treatment except at the hands of reliable and trustworthy doctors.

Some people are greatly in need of having children, and no one knows the extent of the pain they suffer except those themselves afflicted by infertility/impotence. Some people have been waiting for several years, and perhaps some of them even dozens, so if this treatment is effective in helping them conceive a child, then it’s okay for them to use it in-sha-Allah.

Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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