The Shariah’s Stand on Abandoned Children

How to Cite

Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. 2011. “The Shariah’s Stand on Abandoned Children”. Islam and Civilisational Renewal </Br> ICR Journal 3 (1).


Muslim jurists have addressed the issue of an abandoned child (laqit) from different angles beginning with the existence of a  basic obligation to save its life. There is general consensus that it  is a collective obligation (fard al-kifayah) of the community to  save the abandoned child, and it is an obligation in the first place  of the individual who finds it. That obligation is elevated to an  emphatic personal duty (fard al-ayn) of the finder in the event of  imminent fear over the death and injury of the child. This is due to he explicit qur’ānic emphasis on the sanctity of life contained in  the injunction that “one who saves one life is as if he has saved  the whole of humankind”. It is accordingly regarded as an act of  great merit and service to humanity for the one who actually saves life.


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