The Indian Supreme Court Ruling allowing Child Adoption is Permissible in Islam
By Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
22 February, 2014
“The Supreme Court's ruling, stating personal law can't prohibit Muslims and other minority faith members from adopting children under the secular Juvenile Justice Act, is a positive move forward”, says Times of India in its editorial page on 21st February 2014. This liberty of Adopting and giving up kids for adoption is permissible in Islam. The purpose of bringing them up and taking care of them is indeed a blessed deed. This is more encouraged in the case of orphans.
The Qur’an renders legitimacy to adopting a child by calling it a favour:
· “And, (O Beloved, recall) when you said to him (Zayd Bin Harithah) whom Allah had favoured and whom you (too) had done a favour: ‘Keep your wife (Zaynab) with you in the bond of marriage and fear Allah” (33:37)
The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had adopted Zayd Bin Harithah. The verse above calls the same prophetic attitude ‘favour’. It is important to note that both the Qur’an and Sunnah have appreciated the procedure of adopting a child.
The following authentic Hadith lays emphasis on taking care of orphans:
· “I and the one who sponsors an orphan are like this in Paradise.” Then he joined between his index and middle fingers.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (5304)]