Control Please

Birth%2520Control.jpgThe seminar on “Ulema’s views on family planning-implications for policy and strategy” was organised in Islamabad yesterday by the USAID, the Ministry of Population Welfare and the Key Social Marketing.

Every year the population of Pakistan was increasing by approximately three million and more than 30,000 women die due to pregnancy related complications. The government’s ongoing project was to train about 21,000 teachers at the grassroots level, which aimed at creating awareness about family planning and preparing them as advocates to the issue.

The seminar revealed key findings of the research in which a panel of prominent religious figures in the country, including Maulana Ahmad Javed, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, and Maulana Khateeb Azad among others were interweaved

The research showed that many Ulema did not support family planning as it meant to them limiting the number of children one can have, which is not permissible in Islam. However, majority of them believed that Islam permits birth spacing. It was observed that high the level of formal education among Ulema, the greater was the perception that Islam approved family planning.

In recent years a majority of views have been comming from both side of the notion. The question however is, what’s wrong with birth control, especially in a country that is already in the middle of a population explosion?

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