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Contraception is Not Permissible Except in Exceptional Circumstances

A man married a woman after she had been married before, and she had a daughter whom she was breast-feeding. Is it permissible for her to take pills for a whole year, in order to prevent pregnancy from the second husband without his permission, bearing in mind that she enjoys good health, which does not hinder her from being pregnant? Is it permissible or not?

Birth control is absolutely forbidden, according to what has been mentioned in the noble Islamic Law, with respect to the prohibition of celibacy and strictness regarding it, and the encouragement to marry productive, loving women. So taking contraceptive pills is unlawful, except in singular, exceptional circumstances. There is no generality to it, such as when the pregnant woman is called upon to undergo an abnormal birth, and it is necessary for her to have a surgical operation in order for her to deliver the child, or when there is some danger to the woman from the pregnancy due to illness and the like. Such cases are not applicable to the woman mentioned in the question, and it is not permissible for her to use contraceptives. And may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon his servant and Messenger, Muhammad.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 5 Page 327
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