Six months as the least duration for pregnancy

Question 5: I am an Indian Muslim. I married an Indian girl who was a Hindu. As I learned a lot from the teachings and debates of the remarkable scholar Sheikh Ahmad Deedat about methods of Da`wah, so I called her to Islaam and she accepted. I married her fifteen days after her embracing Islaam. I knew that she was thrown out from her family’s house before I married her. She told me that her family did that because of her conversion. I married her in 25/3/1989, and I discovered that she is not a virgin. She argued that this happen during her playing sports, especially horseback riding. On my part, I forgave all that has happened in her past. The pregnancy tests showed that she is going to give birth on 4/10/1989, a matter that aroused suspicions among my family due to the unexpected time of giving birth. They treated her so badly, especially my step mother. They even deprived her from eating with them and then she was thrown out of the house. I took her to live in a room that is 1000 km away from our district. She gave birth on 17/10/1989 i.e. after six months and half or nine weeks from her pregnancy. My family refused to admit this child and his mother regardless of any possible excuses or reasons. She says that the baby is mine. I took her to six Hindu doctors including a friend of mine, to examine her. They all agreed that the baby was born after nine months, for if it was born after six months and half, it would have required placing him in the incubator for a month and not just three days as was the case. My family is pushing me hard to divorce her but I do not know what to do. Is this baby really my son? My wife has no one else but me. If I leave her, she may return to the false creed again and leave Islaam. Moreover, the baby would not be raised according to the Islaamic principles. What should I do to keep the mother and the baby attached to Islaam? Kindly, give me your Fatwaa’ in this regard.

Answer: The least duration for pregnancy is six months, Allaah (Exalted be He) states: And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship. And she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty months And: …and his weaning is in two years The two years equal twenty-four months. As such, there are six months left from the thirty months, and this is the minimum period for pregnancy… read more here.

Celebrating a certain period of pregnancy

Question 30: It is a habit of the people in my country to hold various celebrations when a woman is in her seventh month of pregnancy. These celebrations vary from one city to another. Also, after a woman gives birth, they recite the Prophet’s birth narrative.

The question is: What is your opinion on this and is there any religious proof on these practices?

Answer: Celebrating a certain period of pregnancy and reciting the Prophet’s birth narrative after delivery are both Bidd‘ahs (innovations in religion) that have no basis in Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law). What is Mashroo‘ (Islaamically permissible) is to offer ‘Aqeeqah (sacrifice for a newborn); two sheep for the male baby and one for the female baby. The sacrificial animals are to be slaughtered on the seventh day after birth. The baby should be given a name and the head of a male newborn should be more here.