What is the Islamic ruling on abortion?

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Bellajay asked 12 months ago
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Musa John answered 11 months ago

The Qur’an describes the stages of embryonic development (23:12–14 and 32:7–9), and Islamic tradition states that the soul is “breathed” into a child four months after conception. Islam teaches respect for each and every human life, but it remains an ongoing question of whether unborn children fall into this category.


Abortion is frowned upon during the early weeks, and it is considered a sin if done without just cause, but most Islamic jurists permit it. Most early Muslim scholars found abortion to be permissible if done within the first 90–120 days after conception, but abortion is universally condemned thereafter unless to save the mother’s life.