Islam: contraception and abortion
Contraception or ‘birth control’ is used for a variety of reasons:
Islam teaches that life is a sacred gift from Allah (God):
To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He pleases.
Children are also a gift:
Allah bestows females upon whom He pleases and He bestows males upon whom He pleases; or He mixes them, males and females; and He makes whom He pleases barren.
For these reasons contraception has been seen to be against the teachings of the Qur’an (the Divine Book revealed to the Prophet Muhammad).
In recent years, the Conference on Islam and Family Planning has agreed that contraception can be used if: