A Brief Overview of Islam and Birth Spacing

September 1, 2015

This brief, an abbreviated version of "The Islamic Argumentation on Birth Spacing," aims to dispel myths about Islam’s position on family planning and clearly define which practices are permitted. The text was co-authored by Imam Mouhamadou Takhiyou Kane and Imam Ibrahima Top, two Senegalese scholars on Islam and family planning, after Senegalese Muslim religious leaders noted the need for a contemporary and comprehensive resource. This document gives a brief overview of the justifications for birth spacing based on the teachings of the Qur’an and the sunnah; the methods permitted in Islam; and the position of several Senegal religious leaders. Although some of the opinions and teachings presented come from Senegalese leaders and scholars, the content is applicable both in Senegal and beyond. This resource was created as part of a project supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.