Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa holding female foeticide as “unlawful” and “haraam (forbidden)”. The seminary issued the fatwa in reply to a question regarding recent data from the national census report that has allegedly shown that sex ratio has slipped even among Muslims, its spokesperson, Ashraf Usmani said.
“Does Islam/Quran/Hadith say about abortions/sex selective abortions/female infanticide? What does Islam/Quran/Hadith say about duties of a parent towards daughters? Is there any punishment for those who ill-treat their daughters whether in the womb or in real life?,” some one had asked the seminary.
Darul Ifta, the department which issues edicts, made its stand clear on sex-selective abortions saying it was “unlawful and ‘haraam’ to abort the foetus when it is four months old”. It said that during “ignorance era”, people used to bury their daughters alive, “which the Holy Quran condemned severely”.
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The fatwa states that Islam orders to treat daughters well and there is no concept of misfortune and disrespect in Islam regarding girls. “Girl is also a boon from Allah which Islam asks to value,” the fatwa stated and added that once the Prophet Muhammad had said, “He who is involved in the responsibility of bringing up daughters, and he is benevolent towards them…they would become protection for him against hell-fire.”
Darul Uloom rector Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani, however, said this is not the first fatwa on this issue. “Hundreds of fatwas have been issued in the past and this one is the latest in the series,” he said.