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S3 E11: Islam and Abortion | DoubleTake

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Abortion is dominating headlines as the United States Supreme Court considers a decision that could lead to it being outlawed in many states. While the political debate is framed as being either pro-life or pro-choice, the Islamic perspective is not so simple. 

Is abortion halal or haram, and are there any exceptions? What principles do Muslim scholars use to determine their understanding? How should we be thinking about this issue on an individual and political level? 

In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sr. Hanaa Hasan about the Islamic perspective on abortion and the article Islam and the Abortion Debate.

Episode Chapters:

00:00 Introduction

01:52 Abortion: Halal or Haram?

21:09 The Decision-Making Process

34:57 Roe v. Wade: The Political Debate

46:59 What Islam Brings to the Conversation

51:08 Advice to a 13-Year-Old

53:29 Rapid Fire 

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Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University. He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square.

Hanaa Hasan

Hanaa Hasan

Sr. Hanaa Hasan is a researcher in International Development with a regional specialization in the Middle East. She holds a BSc Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and an MSc Development Studies from the London School of Economics. She has also pursued islamic studies in both the UK and Turkey. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Qarawiyyin Project - an initiative dedicated to reviving Islamic discourse amongst Muslim women.

Mohamad Zaoud

Mohamad Zaoud

Mohamad Zaoud is a brand and media specialist having spent 8 years at Al Jazeera, most recently leading digital content strategy. Mohamad has extensive experience working within the Australian Muslim community and currently holds positions in several Muslim organisations in Sydney.