Islamists' Attitude Towards Population Problem and Birth Control

Islamists; Attitude Towards Population Problem and Birth Control

  • 28 October 2002

The speaker noted that the issues of overpopulation and
birth control are increasingly preoccupying the world.
This is especially noticeable in the developing countries
where overgrowing populations cause a decline in the
per capita income, the deterioration of living standards,
and the confusion of development plans. Both issues of
population and birth control have been raised in the
Arab and Islamic world. Some jurisprudents as well
as men of religion and letters have backed this policy.
For example, Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltout, the former
Grand Imam of Al Azhar, was among the advocates
of birth planning. However, a large number of writers
and intellectuals of religious trend and Islamist groups
opposed both birth control and planning. They even
considered birth control to be among the factors of the
Masonic destruction of Islamic communities. Being
sympathetic with Islamist groups in the wake of the
successful Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of
Iran gave rein to the policy of unbounded population
growth. After that, Iran abandoned such policy and
started, instead, to call for controlling population
growth through its religious and political media. The
lecture fully reviewed the opinions of many Islamist
writers, jurisprudents and academics with respect
to the population policy. He presented a number of
deductions and observations on the Islamists stance
toward the population issue. He called upon them to
bypass their doubts in regard the birth control policy, in
the light of the modern knowledge and the trends of the
contemporary jurisprudence.

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Monday 28 October 2002

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Monday 28 October 2002

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