/ [Artificial Insemination] /
"And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: 0, my Lord! Leave me not without offspring though You are the best of inheritors. So We listened to him, and We granted him Yahya. We cured his wife's (barrenness) for him. These (three) were ever quick in emulation in good works. They used to call on Us with love and reverance, and humble themselves before Us." (21 :89-90).
Sarrah, the wife of Abraham, remained barren for a long time during which she convinced her husband to take Hagar who begot Ismail for him. When she was well into old age she was rewarded. The angels visiting them brought her in advance the happy news of she begetting Isaac and she was thrilled for the surprise:
"(When his angel guests did not eat), he (Abraham) conceived a fear of them. They said: fear not. And they gave him glad tidings of a son endowed with knowledge. But his wife came forward (laughing) aloud: she smote her forehead and said: a barren old woman! They said: Even though, has your Lord spoken and He is full of wisdom and knowledge." (51:28-39)
If it is legitimate to yearn for something and ask God for it, it is without doubt as legitimate to pursue every legitimate means that might fulfil it. Attempts to cure infertility are therefore not only permissible, but are even a duty so that a couple may contribute to the preservation of the race and supplying society with useful human elements to take their place in the future generation. But the treatment of infertility should by no means trespass outside legitimacy as ordained by God. Modern times, however, have witnessed a progressive degree of Godlessness and heedlessness of his prescribed ways. Large segments of humanity have prescribed to atheism, and those who acknowledge God deny him being in control of their lives. In our age of scientific growth and spiritual atrophy, science is inclined to be self-worshiping and scientists wish to send whatever can be done into the arena of widespread application, without scrutiny or heed to the far-reaching moral and spiritual consequences. Amongst the sequelae is a real threat to the very existence of the family institution. since it has become possible to remove sex out of marriage and to remove reproduction out of marriage. Modern reproductive techniques have been devised, and as far as they solve the problem of many barren marriages they have to be praised and saluted, but the expansion of their application put them in conflict with Isiamic principles in some situations as we hope to point out in this review.