Islam does not forbid abortion before 120 days

“My name is Hanadi, I am a preacher at a mosque and work for a national Islamic organisation in a town near Hebron. Here we see that it is important that women preach because it is easier to transfer information from woman to woman.

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I became involved with PFPPA after they reached out to our office to include us in their work. They have trained us and now we provide information about safe abortion, family planning, contraception and awareness, in the mosque. Although these modern methods were not available at the time of the Qur’an, the Islamic religion accepts all these methods, as it does not contradict the teachings.

Many women come to us and say that they are tired and not willing to get pregnant again. They ask us “what can we do from a religious point of view?” We send them to the PFPPA to get family planning methods.

Although there is no issue with contraception in Islam in the Islamic law, abortion once there is a soul is generally haram (forbidden), as you cannot kill a human being. However before the soul is created there are certain medicines that women can take early in pregnancy which would be allowed. There is no clear text on when you can end a pregnancy in Islam. Some say up to 40 days and some say up to 120 days of pregnancy.

Working with PFPPA has influenced me on how to preach more to women. If we see there are two dangers, we take the least dangerous, you know. There is a verse in the Qur’an that says “But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him” there is not the same balance, the life of the mother or of the child? Who comes first? The ulama’ agree that the damage that hits the woman’s life is more important than the potential life of the foetus.

So now some scholars say that if a woman has been raped and becomes pregnant she can be helped with medical pills to end the pregnancy before the 120 days as she risks being killed and attacked by the community if the pregnancy were to be found out.”