Aborting a down syndrome fetus

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Q: I need to find out if it’s permissible to terminate a fetus due to down syndrome, turner syndrome and certain sex chromosome abnormalities. So the child will be mentally and physically challenged. I am 10 weeks now and I have heard that it is permissible to terminate a fetus upto 120 days. My husband is feeling difficult to terminate the fetus as he feels that Allah has given us this situation. Please advise.


A: No. Just as it is not permissible to kill a down syndrome child after it is born, similarly it is not permissible to terminate the life of the fetus.

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.