Lesson 8 – Muslim attitudes to infertility treatments

Report
To use picture clues, a
media clip and a quote
from the Qur’an to
understand Muslims
attitudes to infertility
treatments.
Grade C
All will be able to select Muslim
arguments FOR and AGAINST
the use of fertility
treatments.
Grade B
Most will be able to explain the
meaning of a quote from the
Qur’an and why it might be
viewed differently by
readers.
Grade A/A*
Some will be able to express an
opinion on the Muslim attitude
to surrogacy and compare
Muslim and Christian attitudes
to infertility treatments.
What can you
remember?
What do Muslims believe
about SEX?
What do Muslims believe
about the FAMILY?
What do Muslims
believe about LIFE?
-It belongs in marriage
- Purpose = procreation
- ADULTERY = a SIN
-Muslims have a DUTY to procreate.
- Allah commanded that you should
start a family once married.
- Family = the heart of Islam.
-Life is sacred
-Life is a gift from Allah
- Life is a TEST from
Allah
All Muslims are expected to have
children as they believe it is
what Allah wants. Infertility
can be very painful for Muslim
couples as they feel they are
not carrying out Allah’s
commands.
Therefore most Muslims believe
that help should be given to
Muslims who cannot have
children naturally.
Despite this there are still some
Muslims are completely against
fertility treatment under any
circumstances.
There are THREE main Muslim attitudes to infertility
treatments...
SOME MUSLIMS...
If a couple are
infertile they MUST
NOT have infertility
treatments.
WHY?
MOST MUSLIMS..
IVF treatment is
acceptable as long
as the egg and
donor are from the
married couple.
WHY?
What do YOU think?
SOME MUSLIMS...
IVF with donors is
allowed but the child
does not have full
legal rights.
WHY?
Can you give a reason WHY for each of these views ?
THINK BACK TO THE STARTER
Write a response for each (in turn) on your mini whiteboards.
Look carefully at each of the
statements on your sheet.
1. Decide which arguments
are FOR and which are
AGAINST the use of
fertility treatments.
2. Now decide which Muslim
views each of these
arguments support by
adding a 1, 2 or 3 next
to each statement
Grade C
All will be able to
select Muslim
arguments FOR
and AGAINST
the use of
fertility
treatments.
“To God belongs the dominion of
heavens and earth. He creates
what He wills. He bestows female
(offspring) upon whom He wills, and
bestows male (offspring) upon
whom He wills. Or he bestows both
males and females, and He leaves
barren whom He wills. For He is
All-Knowledgeable All-Powerful.”
Explain in your own words what you think this
quote is saying.
How might this be used to argue FOR fertility
treatments ?
How might this be used to argue AGAINST
fertility treatments ?
Grade B
Most will be able to
explain the
meaning of a quote
from the Qur’an
and why it might
be viewed
differently by
readers.
Why do you think they have made
surrogacy illegal in Australia?
Most Muslims also agree that
surrogacy is wrong – Why do you
think this is?
Surrogacy is banned in Islam
because:
-It is seen as violating the marriage
contract.
-It is believed in Islam that the
woman who gives birth to the child is
its mother.
Most Muslims also disagree with the use of sperm/egg donors as they feel this is
like committing adultery (which violates the marriage contract). The also believe
that all children have the right to know their biological parents.
DO YOU AGREE?
Grade A/A*
Some will be
able to
express an
opinion on the
Muslim
attitude to
surrogacy.
Draw the following table in the front of your books...
SIMILAR
SIMILAR
Both think God/Allah want humanity to
reproduce and start a family
DIFERENT
DIFFERENT
Catholics are opposed to IVF as it goes
against the ‘sanctity of life’.
In both MOST followers think IVF and
For many Muslims infertility is seen as a
AIH are acceptable fertility treatments. disease.
Both will accept that infertility may be
Use what you have learnt
the will of God/Allah.
In Islam infertility affects the woman's
about
Christian and Muslim
status within the Muslim community and
teachings about infertility and
fertility treatments to
society.
list
any similarities
Both are against
surrogacy
and the use and any differences.
of egg/sperm
Oncedonations.
you have some ideas share with a partner.
Grade A/A*
Some will be able
to compare
Muslim and
Christian
attitudes to
infertility
treatments.
You will be hot seated at
random to answer the
following questions…
Why
are
some
Give
ONE
difference
between
Why
do
some
Muslims
What
forms
of
infertility
Give
ONE
similarity
between
What do the majority of Muslims
Muslim and Christian
Muslims
against
believe
about
infertility
Christian
and
Muslims
treatments
will
MOST
NOT
accept
infertility
attitudes
to
infertility
treatments?
attitudes
toaccept?
infertility.
Muslims
treatments?
surrogacy?
treatments.

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