“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

IONA Endorses Imams Council of Michigan’s Statement on Abortion

In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful, ever Compassionate

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds and may God’s peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad, his family and all of his companions

Our body is a sacred trust (amanah) from Allah. “To Allah belongs all that in the heavens and the earth and everything in between. And to Him is the final return.” [al-Ma’idah, 5:18] More emphatically, Allah (SWT) declares, “To God we belong and to Him is our return.” [al-Baqarah, 2:156] Hence, contrary to the popular belief “My Body, My Choice,” we do not own our bodies, and our bodies are not absolutely our choice. We can only use our bodies in accordance with what God has permitted. Not only does one not own their body, but one does not own the fetus either.

The general consensus of all schools of thought (Sunni and Shia) is that, according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, “ABORTION” is forbidden (haram). It is a serious sin to abort a potential human soul without a legitimate reason.

All schools of thought, however, agree that if the fetus during pregnancy causes a threat to the life of the mother, aborting the fetus is permissible because the life of the mother takes precedence over the life of the fetus. Other exceptions, according to the majority of jurists of all schools of thought, may include cases of rape and incest. In unique cases such as genetic disorder of the fetus, one is urged to consult with an expert scholar or jurist along with the medical specialists before making a decision.

Life, according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, is sacred and must be honored. Regardless of when the fetus acquires a soul, life begins at fertilization with the embryo’s conception and it is unlawful to take the life Allah (SWT) made sacred.

The Qur’an affirms, “And it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they believe in Allah and the Last Day.”[al-Baqarah, 2: 228]

It is in this light Allah (SWT) commands, “Do not kill your offspring for fear of poverty, We shall provide for them and for you, indeed their killing is a grave sin.” [al-Isra’, 17:31]

We urge our brothers and sisters to contemplate the Islamic perspective on abortion and make sure they are following proper guidelines.

Imams Council of Michigan

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