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412 If you find out that you are pregnant, can you have an abortion? I have been told that the soul is put in the fetus in the womb at the fourth month. So technically before this time it should be allowed as the child has no soul.
There is a difference of opinion between Scholars on the status of the conditions in which pregnancy can be aborted. Some hold the opinion that it is allowed to abort prior to the 4th month; i.e. prior to the ruh (soul) being put into the body.

However within Islamic Shariah it is a disliked act to abort at any time, as it is considered a mercy of Allah (S.W.T) to have children.

It is particularly considered as killing, a Gunnah Kabira (Major Sin) i.e. that of killing a person; if one aborts the pregnancy after 4th month or when a fetus takes shape (i.e. the extremities of a child are visible).

However the exception is if the life of the mother is in danger then the pregnancy can be aborted at any time. And Allah (S.W.T) Knows best.
(Sharah Sahih Muslim, Urdu Edition, Vol 3, Page 893).
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