Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Religious Dilemmas

  • Hafsah Ayaz Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
  • Amira Sami International Islamic University, Islamabad
Keywords: In-vitro Fertilization, Artificial Insemination, Cryopreservation, Surrogacy, Shariah


Infertility is the diminishing or complete absence of an ability of a person to produce offspring. A significant clinical and religious issue influences people of reproductive ages, in every corner of the world. Looking for a solution for infertility isn't just reasonable, yet additionally encouraged in Islam as it is a human instinct for children. “O Lord! Grant us spouses and offsprings who will be the comfort of our eyes.” (25:74) Various methods to address infertility have entered the realm of science and technology. These ways include In-vitro Fertilization, Artificial Insemination, Cryopreservation, Surrogacy, and cloning. These techniques, on the other hand, are linked to several other legal, ethical, and religious issues. This article explores the legality of assisted reproductive technologies on the scale of Islamic teachings. The question has always weighed the maintenance of a family's legacy against overcoming infertility within a marriage. Certainly, sharia rulings should be applied through reasoning to resolve the issue of infertility.


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