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My husband can't have children. Is it allowed in Islam to seek fertilization with donor sperm?

My husband and I have been married for 3 years, we discovered that he is infertile, we tried new medical approaches (IVF), in Egypt, but failed, and we tried to do it in England but they refused our case, and gave the easier option of fertilization with donor sperm, which we think is Islamically impermissible.
My husband is honest and kind but he is not punctual in praying and he needs to get closer to God, I am helping him with this. Shall I accept his option of divorce, and seek another marriage (to be a mother) which is very difficult in these days, or shall I wait and be patient and accept God's will and just keep on praying?
And what about the offer (Donor sperm), is it Haram?
May Allah bless you


Dear honorable sister,
It is impermissible to use donated sperm by any means since this is legally unlawful [haram]. As long as your husband is a good, kind and honest man and your marital life is existent, there is no need for divorce and patience is the key to relief. In any case, this is a personal matter, the consequences of which you will bear and only you know best your ability to endure it. Infertility and procreation lie in the Hands of Allah alone.
We ask Allah to amend all your affairs and guide you to that which pleases Him.

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