An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy and is legal in England and Wales under certain strict conditions. For Muslims, all human life is a precious and sacred gift from Allah.
What is an abortion?
The live birth of a baby
The deliberate prevention of conception
The removal of a foetus before it can survive independently
Up to what stage of pregnancy can abortion take place under English law?
What is adoption?
An individual or a couple become a child’s legal parent(s)
A family friend of the mother looks after a child for a while
A relative of the mother looks after a child for a while
What does it mean when Muslims say that life is sacred?
Allah made each life special so it belongs to Him alone
People have the freedom to do what they want with their lives
People are expected to protect the foetus, no matter what
When do most scholars say abortion is allowed in Islam?
Most Islamic scholars agree that abortion is allowed in certain specific circumstances if it is carried out before the soul enters the foetus
Most Islamic scholars agree that abortion is allowed very early in the pregnancy
Whenever a woman struggles to carry on with the pregnancy
Does the mother's life or the unborn child's life take precedence in Islam?
The unborn child's life
The rule to protect life applies to both and so Muslims should put their trust in Allah
The mother's life
What is ensoulment?
When the soul enters the foetus
When a soul is taken away
When a woman is unable to get pregnant
According to Islam, who will be held responsible on the Day of Judgement if an abortion is carried out without a valid reason?
Anyone who has cooperated in the abortion process
No one is held responsible
In Islam, what does 'the lesser of two evils' mean with regard to abortion?
If both the mother and the foetus are at risk, it is valid to save the mother at the expense of the unborn child
If both the mother and the foetus are at risk, it is valid to save the foetus at the expense of the mother
If both the mother and the foetus are at risk, it is best to save neither