Contemplating whether to have a child

Q: I have two children both under 8 and my wife wants a third child. I'm 49 and my wife is 35. My mother feels that I'm too old to have any more children. My wife feels she's still young and would like another child. My mothers reasoning is that with my age I might not see my child grow up and leave my wife with having to look after three children. Should I go with my wife's wishes or is my mothers views correct. What is the Islamic ruling and advise in regards to this situation.

A: I would support having a child. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) also liked his ummat to be expanded.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)