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Artificial insemination and test tube baby

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Q: Does Islam allow the following:

1. Artificial insemination with the husband’s semen?

2. Artificial insemination with a donor’s semen? Buy the semen of another man if the semen of the husband is weak or has no egg.

3. Test tube babies i.e fertilization of wife’s ovum with husband’s sperm in a test tube and returning the fertilised ovum into the wife’s uterus?



1. As long as there is no impermissible activity, it will be permissible. For example, one of the spouses has to undress in the presence of the physician or the physician has to make an internal examination, etc.

2. This is zina.

3. This artificial methods are a waste of time and money. Very little or nothing is achieved. A muslim’s wealth and time should be used more constructively.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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