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Abortion in the Qur'an? And Roe v Wade

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jun 30, 2022 at 10:31

Dr. Pipes,

The word "abortion" in Arabic is الاجهاض also سقوط الحمل

Here is a link to Lisan al-'Arab and the word الاجهاض

https://www.islamweb.net/ar/library/index.php?page=bookcontents&idfrom=1502&idto=1502&bk_no=122&ID=1503

Notice that Ibn Manzur does not tell us much about human abortion.

So what does the Qur'an tell us about abortion? The Qur'an is silent about "abortion."

However, Muslim apologists from Pakistan seem to have the answers. Example? A Chicago lawyer from Pakistan wrote this tweet:

https://twitter.com/QasimRashid/status/1540501498341253124?cxt=HHwWiICzie38-uAqAAAA

"Sharia (sic) permits abortion up to 120 days for rape/incest, when the fetus is non-viable to save the mother's life...."

Notice that "viability" of a fetus, according to the NIH is 24 weeks or 168 days and not 17 weeks or 120 days as he claims.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11753511/#:~:text=In%20the%20United%20States%20viability,of%20Perinatal%20Medicine%2C%201998).

This means that according to him, Islam prohibits abortion, even for rape and incest after 120 days.

Here is the stance of modern Sunni Islam and this is from islamweb the most reliable Islamic source on the internet:

لايجوز اسقاط الحمل في مختلف مراحله الا بمبرر شرعي وفي حدود ضيقة جدا

Or: Abortion is not allowed in the various stages (of pregnancy) except if there is a legal reason and in very limited/restricted circumstances.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone that Islam prohibits abortion not unlike Christianity and Judaism . The question is: why is he not telling the truth?

Oh there is more:

إذا كان الحمل في الطور الأول وهي مدة الأربعين وكان في إسقاطه مصلحة شرعية ‏أو دفع ضرر متوقع جاز إسقاطه، أما إسقاطه في هذه المدة خشية المشقة في تربية الأولاد أو ‏اكتفاء بما لدى الزوجين من الأولاد فغير جائز.

Or: If the pregnancy is during the first phase (of pregnancy) or 40 days (more later about pregnancy in Islam) and abortion has legal utility, or to avoid expected harm, then abortion is allowed. However, abortion in this period, and in-order to avoid the difficulties in raising children, or wanting to limit number of children by the couple (husband and wife), this is not allowed.

https://www.islamweb.net/ar/fatwa/134215/%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B6-%D9%88%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85%D9%87

Notice that there is no mention of "rape" or "incest" as the Pakistani lawyer claims. Now should we believe him or should we believe what the Arabs tell us about an issue in their religion and in this case: Abortion?

Here is a good link about how the Muslim 'Ulama define what is "pregnancy" or الحمل

We are told that pregnancy can be only 6 months and can be up to two years, may be 4 years (yes 4 years) or even 5 years (yes 5 years) and only Allahu A'lam

Notice that full term pregnancy in 40 weeks with standards deviations from 37-42 weeks.

Check this link:

https://www.islamweb.net/ar/fatwa/23882/

Last: Notice that in the tweet the author complains about "Christian nationalism." I wonder why!

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