Excess Fertilized Eggs

In the Name of Allāh,

the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

Resolution No. 55 (6/6) Excess Fertilized Eggs

The Council of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, holding its 6th session in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 17–23 Shaʿbān 1410h (14–20 March 1990),

Having examined the research papers and recommendations concerning Excess Fertilized Eggs, one of the topics of the Sixth Medical Fiqh Symposium held in the State of Kuwait on 23–26 Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1410h (23–26 October 1990), held jointly by the Academy and the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences of Kuwait,

Having reviewed the thirteenth and fourteenth recommendations adopted in the third symposium of the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences held in Kuwait on 20–23 Shaʿban 1417h (18–21 April 1987), on the issue of the dis- posal of fertilized eggs, and the fifth recommendation of the first symposium of the Islamic Organization for medical Sciences, held in Kuwait on 11–14 Shaʿbān 1403h (24–27 May 1982) on the same issue,


First: In the light of the scientifically established possibility of preserving non-fertilized eggs for future use, only the number of eggs required each time for insemination must be fertilized to avoid the existence of surplus fertilized eggs. Second: If a surplus of fertilized eggs exists in any way, it shall be left with-

out medical care until the life of this surplus ends naturally.

Third: It is prohibited to inseminate fertilized eggs into another woman. Precautionary measures must be taken to prevent the use such fertilized eggs in this unlawful pregnancy.

Indeed, Allāh is All-Knowing.

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