________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salamun alaykum, The reply to the following question is provided with reference to the ruling of Ayatullah Seestani and Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi's book on "Marriage and Morals in Islam". Wasalaam, Mustafa Rawji Acting Moderator, 'Aalim Network __________________________________________________________________________ QUESTION: Salamun Alaykum: Please reply the following questions for me which will be good information to Shia women. Q1. If Shia woman cannot be pregnant because her fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged, can she use in-vitro fertilization for her eggs with her husband's sperms? Q2. Medical technology requires to remove eggs from ovary & fertilize outside her body & introduce back into woman's uterus. During these process few eggs will be destroyed & after fertilization few will required to be destroy to avoid multiple births for the sake of woman's health. Is it acceptable in Islam? Is it like killing a life? Is embroys destroyed by Dr. desire to avoid serious health concern to woman or to embroys consider as killing life in Islam. Thanks for an answer from good research in Jaffria fiqh! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ANSWER: 1. Masail of Ayatullah Seestani from "CONTEMPORARY LEGAL RULINGS IN SHI'I LAW" regarding the permissibility of in-vitro fertilization from: http://www.al-islam.org/laws/contemporary/ Artificial insemination Q136: The husband's sperm and the wife's egg are taken and fertilization is completed in a test-tube, then the egg is returned to the wife's womb. A: This is also permissible as such. (FM, p. 433) [Al-Fatawa al-Muyassarah (FM)] ------------------------- 2. Excerpts from "Marriage and Morals in Islam" by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, chapter 5, concerning the destruction of extra fertilized ova, from: http://www.al-islam.org/m_morals/index.htm DESTROYING THE EXTRA FERTILIZED OVA In most cases of artificial insemination, three ova are removed from the woman's body and all three are fertilized by the husband's sperms. But only one is used for reimplantation into the woman's womb. And if it fails in the first attempt, then the other fertilized ova are used. The question which has created much controversy is about the extra and unwanted fertilized ovum. What should be done with the extra fertilized ovum? Must it be used? Can it be destroyed? According to the shari'ah, there should be no problem in destroying the extra fertilized ovum. It will not constitute abortion because, firstly, abortion only takes place after the implantation of the fertilized ovum in the womb and, secondly, abortion takes place in a woman's body not in a test-tube or a laboratory dish!