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All Praise be to Almighty Allah.
Blessing and peace be on His Prophet Muhammad
after whom there is no prophet, and on all those
who followed his way of guidance.
The Islamic Fiqh Council during its 5th session held between 8-16 Rabi Al-Aakhir 1402H (2-10 February 1982) looked into the issue of artificial insemination and test-tube babies and reviewed the detailed research prepared and presented by some of the Council members on this issue in the previous session. It also reviewed the information collected by other members from the new writings on this issue. In the light of the information collected on this issue, the Council studied the issue from all aspects and dimensions.
After the thorough discussion, it reached the conclusion that this issue is very sensitive from the religious point of view and it has many dimensions. It has also serious consequences and repercussions on the life of family and its moral and social conditions, which are already seen in the foreign countries.
This issue has also certain aspects – in the religious perspective –related to the issues of legitimacy and illegitimacy, rules of need and emergency, regulations of lineage and doubtfulness, the marital bed, pregnant woman’s sexual relationship with person other than the husband, rules of Iddat, purity of womb, sanctity of marriage, the rules of punishment in Islam through Hadd or Ta’zeer as there involved aspects which are not permissible in the religion such as the forms of internal insemination in woman and external insemination in the test-tube, then its plantation in womb and other considerations which have made this issue very serious and there is a need to have more research and investigation especially after the latest writings which were published by the medical scientists who have been closely following this issue and have opened the door of suspicion on the related happenings.
Therefore, the Islamic Fiqh Council decided to postpone its deliberation on this issue to the forthcoming session in order to have more in-depth research and investigation in its various aspects, dimensions and prospects, and so that the Shari’ah ruling is far away from any premature conclusion and close to the right path in order to know the ruling of the Islamic Shari’ah.
Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council
Abdullah Ibn Muhammad Ibn Humaid
President, Supreme Judicial Council
Deputy Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council
Muhammad Ali Al-Harakan
Secretary-General, Muslim World League
Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz
General President, Research, Ifta, Da’wah and Guidance
Muhammad Mahmood Al-Sawwaf
Saleh Ibn Othaimeen
Muhammad Abdullah Al-Subaiel
Muhammad Shadhli Al-Neifer
Mustafa Ahmad Al-Zarqa
Abdul Quddoos Hashemi
Abul Hassan Ali Al-Nadwi
Abu Bakr Muhammad Joomi
Hasanain Muhammad Makhloof
Muhammad Rasheed Qabbani
Mahmood Sheith Khattab
Muhammad Salem Abdul Wadood