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O islamskom odnosu prema stvaranju, obitelji i rađanju
Islamic view of procreation, family and human birth

Author(s): Dževad Hodžić
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Katolički bogoslovni fakultet

Summary/Abstract: As professor of Ethics at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, the author admits in his introduction that the beginning of human life cannot be experimentally determined or verified, but as a believer he points out that the respective couple receive their baby, they do not make their child as an object or merely human product. Illuminating the basic teaching of Islam that humans are God’s creatures he quotes most important respective sayings of Qur’an (17:23/24.31; 30,21; 23;12-14; 15;29; 5;32). According Islam, essential purpose of the marriage is giving birth to children. In principle, abortion is not allowed, but in certain cases it is permissible before fourth month of pregnancy in which a soul is being inspired into the embryo. Nevertheless, if the life of pregnant mother would be in real danger “it is not allowed to sacrifice her for the life of fetus which has not yet the status of a person, in other words it has no responsibilities nor duties to fulfill” - according to a Shari?ah scholar. In case of justifiable health and social conditions the use of reversible means of contraception is allowed, but never sterilization or excision of uterus. Fertilization of a married woman with the sperm of a man who would not be her husband is looked as an adultery and legally treated as adultery. The author is convinced that twenty first century will be marked by genetic engineering and as a believer he expresses his fear concerning a possible misuse of the progress of modern science.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 71-78
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bosnian