My wife period are due for more than two weeks and looks like she is expecting but as this may be our fifth child we want to abort it. We did all precaution even she took the contraceptive pill after the night but despite all our best efforts to not have child it looks like she is expecting pregnancy again. As this is only 40-50 days since our husband and wife relationship and there is no life in foetus can we abort the child? Please note we did our best to take care and took all the medicines to not have pregnancy again but this has happened accidentally. Because on this occasion I felt that initial precaution of condom may not work because it was slippery therefore we went to doctor and took medicines to avoid pregnancy. We already have four girls age (10, 8, 6 & 3) and people think we are crazy about boy that is why we are having children again and again. And I have no energy to raise another child also no energy to face the world as it is very bad when people look at you with four children walking on the street it is shameful and everyone passes remarks and makes joke about you. This is effecting the work, family life and children life also as I have stopped going to any friends families house any public place where people can see all four children and us together unless we cannot avoid it but even then people make jokes pass remarks about us.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 644/593/D=07/1435)

It is not lawful to abort the pregnancy even before the soul is blown without severe compulsion such as (one has breastfeeding baby and it is feared that milk shall go dry due to pregnancy or the mother is unable to bear childbirth). The scholars of Fiqh have clarified it. Apparently, in the question mentioned above no such excuse is available; hence it is not allowable to abort it. As far as the matter of shame due to excess of children or daughters is concerned then it is only because we are far away from the teachings of the holy Prophet and true Islamic teachings as well as due to living among people who are fed up with religion. Otherwise Islam encourages child birth and the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) considered it cause of pride as it is mentioned in Abu Dawood etc.
تزوجوا الودود الولود؛فإني مكاثر بكم الأمم.
Marry women who are loving and prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you.

In the same way Allah’s messenger declared the girls a cause of salvation for the parents.
من ابتلي من البنات بشيء’ فأحسن إليهن كن له ستراً من النار .
Whoever is put to trial by daughters and he treats them generously then these daughters will act as a shield for him from Hell-Fire.

Hence you should try to live along with God-fearing people and also read the books authored by them. In-shaAllah, such feelings shall come to an end and more children or daughters shall not be a cause of shame for you rather cause of pride.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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