Fiqh Islamic Reminder

Islamic Ruling on limiting having children because of poverty

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,


Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings)

“And no moving (living) creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allaah” [Hood 11:6]

 “And so many a moving (living) creature carries not its own provision! Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Knower” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:60]

 “Verily, Allaah is the All‑Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong” [al-Dhaariyaat 51:58]

 “so seek your provision from Allah (Alone), and worship Him (Alone), and be grateful to Him”

[al-‘Ankaboot 29:17]

 Allaah condemned the people of the Jaahiliyyah who killed their children for fear of poverty, and He forbade doing what they did. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin” [al-Israa’ 17:31]

 Allah has commanded His slaves to put their trust in Him in all their affairs, and He is Sufficient for those who put their trust in Him. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 “and put your trust in Allaah if you are believers indeed” [al-Maa’idah 5:23]

 “And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him” [al-Talaaq 65:3].

 So you have to put your trust in your Lord and believe that He will provide for you and your children. Do not let the fear of poverty prevent you from seeking to have children, for Allah has guaranteed provision for all. By not wanting children for fear of poverty, you are imitating the people of the Jaahiliyyah.

Allah Knows Best.

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