Adoption In Islam

Question

Is adoption allowed in Islam? What will happen to orphans if adoption is not allowed?


Answer

We can of course adopt children, orphaned or others. However, the Holy Qur'an requires us to call the adopted child with the name of his/her real fathers. The child adopted in infancy and suckled can only be given names of the adopting person on the basis of the fact that adopting family becomes foster parents. We know that fostering renders a child within the haram relations (they cannot marry within the family.

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