Q: The copper coil/IUD works mainly by killing sperm, preventing an egg being fertilized. But there is a chance of fertilization occurring, in which case the IUD also works by expelling this fertilized egg from the womb so it cannot implant and therefore pregnancy cannot occur. The women in most cases will not know if fertilization has occurred.
If there is a chance of this happening, even though it is a very small chance, is this considered abortion and therefore is the IUD haram?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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.