An Assessment of the Place of Child Spacing/Birth Control in Islam
Child spacing is a concept used in place of birth control so that the programme of birth control can find acceptability among Muslim population. The paper attempts to examine the concept of child spacing and the arguments contained therein. The idea is to look at the concept of child spacing from the western/conventional point of view. The Islamic perspective of what is understood by child spacing has been highlighted, relying on relevant hadith and Qur’anic provisions. Finally the paper concludes by rejecting the idea of child spacing/birth control based on western model. Rather the paper argues in favour of child spacing from the Islamic point of view based on ‘azl’ and the Islamic model of child rearing and weaning as supported by relevant Qur’anic verses cited.