New Edict Okays Family Planning for RP Muslims; Including Use of Artificial Methods
Byline: EDD K. USMAN
DAVAO CITY Now it can be told. Grand Mufti Dr. Ali Mohammad Jumaah, the highest Islamic religious authority of Egypts revered Al-Azhar University, has endorsed family planning, including the use of oral contraceptives, to Muslims in the Philippines.
The endorsement was secured this year by Cotabato City-based Darul Iftah (House of Decree) head Mufti Omar Pasigan when he led a delegation of Muslim and non-Muslim religious leaders to Cairo, Egypt last Jan. 10.Before the endorsement which Pasigans group considers as a fatwa (ruling or decree), family planning, particularly the use of condom, intra-uterine device, etc., and oral contraceptives or pills, was shunned by Muslim-Filipino couples for being un-Islamic.
It is too early to tell if the attitudes of Muslims towards family planning would change with the advent of the fatwa at a time when many Moro families are determined to enlarge the Philippines Muslim population.Dr. Lampa Pandi, assistant regional secretary of the Department of Health-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DoH-ARMM), said this new development in the family planning is in line with the DoH-ARMMs effort to strengthen its reproductive health (RS) program, adding the Al-Azhar grand muftis endorsement will be announced today at a big event here to be participated in by many Muslim as well as Christian officials who are invited by the organizers. …