Abortion due to Edwards Syndrome

Abortion due to Edwards Syndrome

Abortion due to Edwards Syndrome


Please read the below and respond as soon as possible because each day matters.

“The results of several screening tests, blood tests and the diagnostic CVS test which takes tissue from the baby placenta all show that the baby has Edwards syndrome which can cause the baby to have several life limiting health conditions, significantly reduces life expectancy, chances of miscarriage or stillbirth. The news of which has been difficult to accept and the eyes weep and the heart grieves, but we only try to say is pleading to our Lord. I am told, the soul (rūḥ) enters the fetus/embryo at around 120 days (4 months) after conception. Therefore, I would like to know what the Islamic ruling behind continuing this pregnancy is and what advice you would give in this situation for me as the mother? And whether termination prior to 16 week/120 days (4 months) is permissible or not in this case? I do feel that unfortunately there will be a detriment and notable affect to my mental health and well-being as the pregnancy progresses. I am currently 103 days pregnant. With this in mind, please can you try to respond as soon as possible.”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


Abortion is not permitted unless there is a compelling reason and the pregnancy has not exceeded the period in which the soul enters the foetus, which according to many jurists is 120 days although many suggest it is before this. Therefore, in this scenario, it is advised to continue with the pregnancy and leave the matter to Allah Almighty. Whatever happens, happens with the decree of Allah Almighty, and He is the All-Wise, and all situations are a means of blessing for a believer who expresses gratitude and exercises patience. Nevertheless, in light of the circumstances described, if you did decide to abort the pregnancy, you will not incur the sin of killing a child.

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

29 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1445 / 6 June 2024

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed and Mufti Muhammad Tahir