The Development of Milk Bank According to Islamic Law for Preserving the progeny of baby

Daud, Normadiah and Nordin, Nadhirah and Mohd Yusoff, Zurita and Embong, Rahimah (2016) The Development of Milk Bank According to Islamic Law for Preserving the progeny of baby. In: Contemporary Issues and Development in the Global Halal Industry. Springer, Singapore, pp. 509-519. ISBN 978-981-10-1450-5

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Milk bank has become a common phenomenon in the Western countries in the USA, UK, and other developed countries. The main purpose of the establishment of milk banks in such countries is to save the babies’ lives and to ensure that the newborn babies’ rights to breast milk are fulfilled. The problem, however, is that milk bank practices in the Western countries contradict with the Islamic law whereby it may result in the possibility of overlapping of the progeny (nasab). Consequently, the 97th Muzakarah of National Fatwa Council for Islamic Affairs Committee, which convened in 15–17 December 2011, had prohibited the implementation of the milk bank. However, due to a critical need of breast milk in hospitals, this study suggests ways to formulate a proper model of milk bank that is compatible with the Islamic law and simultaneously able to avoid further problems of nasab. This is a qualitative study that utilises the content analysis method and has two main objectives: firstly, to review some authoritative legal scholars’ opinions on the issue of milk bank and secondly, to recommend a proposal on how to develop a milk bank in accordance with the Islamic law in Malaysia. The study is expected to be able to draft a proposal to establish a milk bank run by Muslims and to guide its implementation by fulfilling all prerequisites of Islamic law. This recommendation will give some implications to the authorities of the National Fatwa Council to review the prohibition declared in the previous muzakarah. It is recommended that the Ministry of Health provides adequate preparations in terms of expertise, facilities, and equipments to ensure the proper facilitation of the milk bank. Keywords: Islamic law - Breastfeeding - Milk bank

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Dr Normadiah Daud
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 07:49
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 07:49

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