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Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Permissibility of using donor sperm


My husband and I have been married for 3 years and have no children. When we found out that my husband was infertile, we tried new medical approaches such as IVF that failed. We were then advised to use donor sperm which we think is impermissible in Islamic law.

My husband is honest and kind but he is not punctual in praying and he needs to get closer to God, I am helping him with this. Should I accept his option of divorce and seek another marriage (to be a mother), wait and be patient and just keep on praying, or accept God's will? Would it be impermissible to use donor sperm?


It is definitely impermissible to use donor sperm because Islamic law prohibits it. As long as your husband is a good, kind and honest man and your marital life is existent, there is no need for you to seek divorce. Patience is the key to relief. That said, this is a personal matter and only you will bear the consequences of your decision and only you know best your ability to endure it. Infertility and procreation lie in the hands of God Alone.

We ask God to amend all of your affairs and guide you to that which pleases Him.
And God Almighty knows best.

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