Would it go against shariah in any way for Muslims to use the brain microchip implants (when and if the time comes)?
Just to give you some background behind the question, this person is a devout Christian who seems to be intrigued by Islam.
He said that he read somewhere in the Bible that whoever implants these sorts of chips is destined for hell and he wants to know if Islam has any sort of a stance against it.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
At the outset, we wish to point out that it seems farfetched to say that the bible condemns those who will implant chips in their brains.
If your colleague is sincere in his quest for the truth, we advise you to speak with him and explain to him that faith is based on a few core concepts which distinguish each religion from the rest. If he is inclined to Islam, it would be appropriate to educate him on those aspects of our Deen which differentiate it from other religions. Given that he is a Christian, it would be best to first explain to him the logic and truth behind monotheism as opposed to trinity. Furthermore, he should be enlightened with regards to our Deens position on Isa (Alaihis Salaam) as a prophet of Almighty Allah instead of a son. These are core attributes of our faith.
Nevertheless, due to the technological advancements of this era, brain implants seem to be a couple of years away. As of now, no one truly knows what the impact of such an implant will be inside a human being.
Our Shari’ah has been sent to cater for all eras. Each time a new advancement is made in any field, it is the duty of the Fuqaha of the Ummah to determine its ruling in light of the Holy Quran and Ahadith. It is not possible to issue a ruling without having all the facts infront of us. The truth of the matter is, we do not have access to any real data behind brain implants. Depending on who one asks, the answer will be different. There are advocates for and against brain implants. Therefore, no ruling can be issued with regards to its permissibility or impermissibility.
In the event brain implants become a consumer product, it will be the duty of the Ulama to analyse them, consider the pros and cons, see whether they contradict any specific ruling in the Quran, Hadith and books of Fiqh, and thereafter issue a ruling.
The fact of the matter is, as of now, it would be folly to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as we simply do not know enough regarding this technology yet.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Bilal Yusuf Pandor
Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli
Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah