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|Thu, 11-13-2003 - 9:04am|
writer: Manl el-Jesri
A prominent gynecologist offers a simple solution to the problem of adopting a child
You want to adopt an orphan, but are prevented by Islamic law from giving it the full rights of any other family member, right?
Well, maybe not. Provided the child is young enough, science and Al-Azhar may have an answer: A simple breast pump.
First, a little background on the debate.
Adopting a child (tabanni) is prohibited by Shariah. Under Islamic law, adoptive parents can take in a child (a process known as kafala), but as the infant grows, he or she is considered an agnebi (stranger), a problem that prevents many childless couples who are also devout Muslims from taking in one of the nation's thousands of orphaned children.
Enter Amr El-Nouri, a prominent ob/gyn and researcher, who noted that under Islam, a child that breast-feeds from a woman five times automatically becomes a mahremm (first-degree relative), making the mother's children his or her siblings. Provided the five feedings were filling and delivered before the age of two, marriage is prohibited between the child and the mother and her offspring, and the women of the house do not need hijab in front of the son...
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Edited 11/13/2003 9:09:04 AM ET by ulrikedg