CAIRO, 19 February 2021 – The national body responsible for issuing religious edicts in Egypt on Thursday said it had no objection to birth control programs.
Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta, as the body is known, said it was okay with the state taking whatever means and measures it deems necessary to regulate the country’s birth rate.
On pregnancy and abortion, it reference Islam differentiating between preventing pregnancy and abortion.
Islam, Dar Al-Ifta said, limits pregnancy “if there is a fear that a large number of children will not be able to be looked after”.
“Birth control because of fear of hardship is not forbidden by Islam because it is a matter of considering the consequences of having many children,” the body said in a statement.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has warned citizens repeatedly about the danger of population growth, stressing that the matter is very important for “a better and more prosperous” country.
“Trust me, having more than two children is a big problem,” the Egyptian president said at a recent event.
With a population of 101.5 million inhabitants, Egypt is one of the most populous countries in the Arab world .
It is Africa’s third most populous nation after Nigeria (206 million inhabitants) and Ethiopia (115 million inhabitants).
Egypt’s population is projected to reach 153.7 million by 2050.