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?"

The Enduring Bond of Sisterhood

“In this way, a Muslim woman is certain that her love for her sister will endure, because they share a special bond that can never be broken, the bond of faith in Allah, the Creator of all humankind, the Lord through whose Love people love, respect and be kind to one another. It is a bond between hearts and minds that brings them together in a unique and special way; so much so that they are willing to sacrifice anything for each other –knowing they will gain the pleasure of Allah in the process. Nothing is ever done for worldly gain or purpose.”

Coping with Prejudice and Discrimination

“the prejudice and discrimination against members of the Islamic faith remains very real on the streets of America and in the mainstream media –which fail to distinguish between (1) a small minority of us drawn to terrorist ideology and (2) the vast majority of Muslim individuals and Islamic organizations who categorically condemn the outrageous distortion of Islam by the extremist threats and actual acts of violence by a barbarian few. The individual Muslim-on-the-street is often a victim of the “See-something-say-something” well-meaning self-protection motto that is all too often turned into vigilante hate provocation or even crime. How is a Muslim to respond to such events?”

The Importance of Women Nurturing Themselves

“IN OUR fast-paced lives, it is difficult to place a priority on nurturing ourselves. Women are particularly prone to ignoring their own needs and neglecting themselves as they give much of their time and energy to others

Women are natural caretakers who instinctively focus on the well-being of other people. We tend to think that nurturing ourselves will not complete a project, care for a loved one, make money, or get dinner on the table. With work, home, and other responsibilities, nurturing ourselves often moves to the bottom of the to-do list, if it makes it to the list at all.”