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What does Islam say about birth control?

Islam has traditionally encouraged large families to ensure a strong and vibrant Muslim community. The Quran does not address family planning measures, but a few hadith (traditions) mention coitus interruptus. Some ulama (religious scholars) oppose birth control because they believe that it challenges the supremacy of the will of God, or that limiting the size of the Muslim community will weaken Islam, or that birth control will contribute to premarital sex and adultery.

However, the majority of ulama in the twenty-first century hold that contraception is permissible as long as husband and wife agree. If both agree, then the rights of both are guaranteed. Most Muslim religious leaders oppose sterilization on religious grounds because it permanently alters what God has created.

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