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Can an assaulted woman abort the child?

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What can those Muslim women do who have been assaulted and become pregnant as a result of rape? Is it permissible for them to abort the foetus or not?  


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Can an assaulted woman abort the child?

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The woman who are physically assaulted and raped, and as a result of this oppression, they were to become pregnant; there is absolutely no sin upon them or the baby in the least.


It would be absolutely impermissible for the woman to abort the foetus; for that would be considered an illegal murder of a human soul and a grave sin in the sight of Allah Subhanah.


Both the woman and the baby are victims, and they should be treated with respect and dignity, and helped in their ordeal. The child will be recognized through his mother, and will be given all the rights that are due to a muslim brother. Both the mother and the baby will be respected and accepted as righteous human beings in society, as it was not the fault of either of them; but rather they were victims of an evil committed by some immoral and criminal person, who will have a severe accounting for his evil deeds in the Court of Allah Subhanah on an Inevitable Day.


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