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"Verses 49 and 50 of the Sûrat Al-Shûra (Chapter 42, the Consultation) of the Qur’an clearly states that the very issue of who can or cannot have children is solely in the Hands of the Creator and Lord of humankind and that people do not have control over that. In addition, these as well as other verses, implicitly indicate that Allah may or may not reveal the reasons why one may or may not be able to have children. These two verses state,

For Allah only is the kingship of the heavens and the earth; He creates whatever He wills; He may bestow daughters to whomever He wills, and sons to whomever He wills. Or He may mix them, the sons and daughters; and may make barren whomever He wills; indeed, He is All Knowing, Able. [Sûrat Al-Shûra, 42:49-50]

Accordingly, since all that happens in this life emanates from the will of Allah --and certainly this is true for the creation of life-- then if Allah has not decreed a life, it will not come into existence. Likewise, if Allah has decreed the creation of a life, nothing will prevent its coming into existence. All souls have been decreed and predetermined by Allah.

Some people may not accept this fact either because of lack of faith in Allah or because they believe this issue to be a matter of pure physical/medical essence that has a very thin relation to Allah’s decree and destiny—just like everything else in life. This misunderstanding can be easily clarified by considering:

The ‘random’ nature in which infertility affects people with total disregard of any status, race, gender or power.
The unpredictability of a reversal of infertility with respect to the people suffering from it and its behavior in responding to treatment.
How many people do we know that have sought offspring but could not achieve it? And how many people do we know who did not want to have children but—despite their serious efforts in contraception—ended up having them?"

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“Yûsuf’s story was meant to comfort the Prophet, but it was also meant to bring relief to the believers. The Companions were suffering through mental, physical and emotional persecution. It was incredibly painful and difficult for them and they asked the Prophet for stories; they were looking for uplifting. And that comfort came in the form of the story of Yûsuf, revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

Yûsuf was abandoned by his brothers: Not only did they contemplate murdering him, but they also forced their young brother into a well and deserted him. He was sold into slavery. He consistently dealt with the flirtations of his master’s wife, culminating in her unabashed calling him to have a sexual relationship with her. He was the subject of gossip in an entire town; he dealt with the interest of an entire group of women; he was thrown into jail and then forgotten there. He dealt with trial upon trial, test upon test. When one difficulty passed, in its place came another. And yet, in the end (as we will discuss, inshâ’Allah, in this tafsîr series), he not only became a ruler, but also he was reunited with his entire family in love, in dignity and honor, and in wholesome acceptance by the very brothers who forced him out of their lives.”

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Assisted Reproductive Technology (1)

"Verses 49 and 50 of the Sûrat Al-Shûra (Chapter 42, the Consultation) of the Qur’an clearly states that the very issue of who can or cannot have children is solely in the Hands of the Creator and Lord of humankind and that people do not have control over that. In addition, these as well as other verses, implicitly indicate that Allah may or may not reveal the reasons why one may or may not be able to have children. These two verses state,

For Allah only is the kingship of the heavens and the earth; He creates whatever He wills; He may bestow daughters to whomever He wills, and sons to whomever He wills. Or He may mix them, the sons and daughters; and may make barren whomever He wills; indeed, He is All Knowing, Able. [Sûrat Al-Shûra, 42:49-50]

Accordingly, since all that happens in this life emanates from the will of Allah --and certainly this is true for the creation of life-- then if Allah has not decreed a life, it will not come into existence. Likewise, if Allah has decreed the creation of a life, nothing will prevent its coming into existence. All souls have been decreed and predetermined by Allah.

Some people may not accept this fact either because of lack of faith in Allah or because they believe this issue to be a matter of pure physical/medical essence that has a very thin relation to Allah’s decree and destiny—just like everything else in life. This misunderstanding can be easily clarified by considering:

The ‘random’ nature in which infertility affects people with total disregard of any status, race, gender or power.
The unpredictability of a reversal of infertility with respect to the people suffering from it and its behavior in responding to treatment.
How many people do we know that have sought offspring but could not achieve it? And how many people do we know who did not want to have children but—despite their serious efforts in contraception—ended up having them?"

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“Our sense of humor is how we view and approach life. We can be sincere about life without taking it all so seriously. Humor provides a much-needed cushion amid life’s hard knocks. We use it to laugh about our mistakes and pain. By adopting an easy-going approach to life and learning to laugh at ourselves, we openly reveal our humanness and flaws. Others are able to relate to us. Laughing during some of our most difficult moments can often help dissolve some of the discomfort, making things just a little more bearable.”