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Sheikh tells Muslim men to consider using condoms

Muslim have been urged to embrace modern family planning methods as a way of spacing their children to comfortably take care of them.

According to Secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), Kilifi branch Sheikh AbdulRahman Ahmed Badawi, Islam supports family planning methods that do not interfere with the health and fertility of a person.

“Family planning is highly considered a taboo, sometimes a sin. However, no text in the Holy Quran or Sura prohibits family planning,” Sheikh Ahmed said

“Muslims in ancient times used Al-‘Azl also withdrawal/coitus interruptus as a family planning method.”

He said Muslims could use condoms, Inter-uterine devices (IUDs) among other available methods.

However, he said permanent methods like vasectomy and tubal ligation are not allowed

The Ministry of Health and the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), through the Family Planning programme, are targeting predominantly Muslim communities to increase the number of women currently using a method of contraception.