Giving one’s child for adoption

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Q: I have been married for the past fourteen years now and we have no children though all our reports are normal (both of us). My wife’s brother has a daughter and he is younger in age, he used to feel bad about this and finally took some strength and spoke to me that they will give birth to a new born and will hand it over to us. His wife is pregnant now. It was agreed between us, him, his family and the family of his wife and they are also very happy to give us the baby, they do not want a new child for themselves as they said we are happy with one child. Is this allowed as per Islam? Now the thing is that his wife is due in this month for delivery and we have no option for the same. But then too please let me know in the light of Islam.


A: The child belongs to the biological parents. It is not right to give away the child. The child will always remain the child of the biological parents.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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