Not Permissible For One Of The Spouses To Prevent
Pregnancy Without The Consent Of The Other
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
A woman came to a gynaecologist to ask her for
contraceptive medicine without her husband’s
permission, on the grounds that this woman’s husband
had another wife and he had children from her, and she
was still studying in the university. Is it
permissible for the doctor to prescribe this medicine
for her or should she refuse?
Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam for her to use contraceptives without her
husband’s consent, because it is the right of both
husband and wife to have children. Hence the scholars
said that it is haraam for the husband to withdraw
from his wife without his wife’s consent.
“Withdraw” here refers to ejaculating outside the
vagina (‘azl) lest the woman become pregnant. But if
both spouses agree to taking these pills, it is
permissible, because that is akin to ‘azl, which was
practised by the Sahaabah, as Jaabir (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: We used to practise ‘azl at
the time when the Qur’aan was being revealed.
In other words, if it had been forbidden the Qur’aan
would have forbidden it. However, it is better not to
take these pills because that goes against the wishes
of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) for this ummah, that they should have many
I tell you that the ones who first invented these
pills were the Jews and other enemies of the Muslims,
who want to eradicate this ummah and reduce its
numbers, and leave it dependent upon other, because
the smaller their numbers the smaller their
productivity, and the greater their numbers the
greater their productivity – in agriculture, industry,
commerce and in every field. Nations are feared more
than others if they are greater in number, even if
they are not advanced in industry, because large
numbers alarm the enemy.
So we call upon the Muslims to have many children, so
long as there are no circumstances such as sickness or
poor health on the woman’s part or she cannot give
birth without surgical intervention, because these are
cases of necessity and cases of necessity are subject
to different rulings.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah,
See also question no. 21169.
If taking these pills is haraam, then it is haraam to
help her to obtain them, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue,
righteousness and piety); but do not help one another
in sin and transgression”