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Should there be a gap/period between pregnancies?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulUloomTT.net

Message: Assalamualaikum Warahamatullahi Wabarakatu Mufti Sahab!

Is that we have to give certain duration of gap for upbringing of our child, means can we give for instance 2 years between every child, so that in this between 2 years can we go for necessary protection Jazak ALLAH khair!

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

The health of the wife must be taken into consideration when it comes to pregnancies and having babies. At times, it is risky and difficult for a woman to have a child or become pregnant every year, and this affects her health. As such, it is good that there be a gap/duration between pregnancies (having children). Two years seem to be good or any other such duration that your medical experts may advise based upon the wife’s former pregnancy and her health condition. This means that during this time, you can use protection through the means of temporary contraception.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.

25/2/2016.

This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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