Monday, January 14, 2008

Koran Favours Abortion According to Muslim Guru Dr. Shabbir

Dr. Shabbir Ahmed hosts a blog, forums, library, etc. on his website Subtitled The Quran as it Explains Itself, the website endeavours to “present the true picture of Islam” with “thoughts and knowledge coming direct from a challenging Islamic thinker.”

In two recent postings, yesterday and today, Dr. Shabbir set forth the unequivocal “pro-choice” position of the Prophet.

The Quran forbids KILLING of CHILDREN for fear of poverty, that’s all.
6:151 — Neither kill your children for fear of poverty nor deprive them of proper training and education. We provide for you and for them —
Obviously, this is not abortion.

He goes on to say

There can be nothing wrong with abortion when the mother’s or the fetus’ health would be endangered. Severe cardiac problems and eclampsia, epilepsy, schizophrenia in the mother, and Down’s syndrome, AIDS, incurable neurological disorders and other such diseases in the fetus diagnosed before birth through amniocentesis are a few examples. Considering the profound emotional trauma, a pregnancy through rape will easily qualify for abortion.

Recently, we heard similar talk from Al-Azhar. But that news was surprising also considering sources such as this one and this one which claims Islam permits abortion only when it’s a clear contest between the life of the mother and the life of the child.

I wish there were a Muslim pope so I could get to the bottom of this confusion.

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