There is a big emphasis on the family structure in Islam so what does the Quran say about women who choose to not bear children for non-medical reasons? Is it frowned upon or is it permissible? Can the husband force her to have children?
Summary (English): Nobody has the right to force the woman because this is a matter of choice. If as a wife, a woman is hesitant and has some reservations, they should be heard and addressed. Apart from medical reasons, there might be hundreds of other reasons as well, for example emotional, economic or career prospects, and many other practical reasons which every individual can determine for themselves. Therefore, a woman cannot be forced to have children.
However, if you don’t have any children even before, then the husband or the family might have this natural desire to have kids as this is the scheme of life and this is how we pass on to the next generations. They might wish to have the blessing of the kids and even though it sometimes may seem difficult to raise them, the Almighty helps in this regard. Hence, if there is no kid at all, the wife too should be considerate as to why she married in the first place.
In short, the matter should be resolved with exchange of reasons and the timing and women’s right to make her mind or do family planning should be respected. There should be no use of force or pressure in this matter.
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