sterile man agreed to let his wife have children from the sperm of another
person was infertile, and the doctors told him, you do not have any sperm.
He went abroad and made an agreement to take sperm from someone else and
place it in his wife’s womb, without telling her. She gave birth, and
she does not know the truth. Then he repented to Allaah and he is asking
what he should do.
Praise be to Allaah.
We put this question
to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah preserve him),
who answered as follows:
Of course these are not his children.
Question: He knows
that the sperm did not come from him.
Answer: They are not
his children. Some scholars say that if a zaani claims his child as his
own, the child may be named after him, but this is not his child. He is
not like a zaani, because in the case of a zaani the sperm comes from him,
but this sperm did not come from this man. He has to disown these children
and give them to the government or do something with them (by putting them
in a place where they will be taken care of or giving them to a charitable
organization which will sponsor their upbringing).
we tell him, you should not call them after yourself (give them your
Answer: Yes, (tell
him) to disown them, and give them to the government, or let them stay
with their mother, on the condition that they are not named after this
Question: Does the hadeeth “the child is for the bed” apply in this
Answer: No, it does not apply.
We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound. This is one of
the (crimes) which modern civilization has committed against people’s
lineages and honour, and one of the ways in which it has deceived people.
Social disasters of this sort are the expected result of the sins of
lying, forgery and deceit which this man has committed against his wife.
How could he have done this thing, which is forbidden by sharee’ah, and
which goes against the shar’i aims of protecting lineages and against
his own manhood? This is a particularly ugly way of cooperating in sin and
transgression and taking part in falsehood, on the part of the donor or
vendor of the sperm, and the criminal doctor who agreed to do the
operation. It is to Allaah that we complain when religion becomes a
stranger in people’s lives and the immoral enemies of Islam prevail. And
Allaah is the One Whose help we seek.