Adoption - May an Unmarried Person Adopt a Child?
  • Question:

    Is an unmarried person allowed to adopt a child in Islam?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Adopting children is a praiseworthy practice in Islam. The Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) had adopted Zayd bin Ḥarithah (may Allāh be pleased with him).

    It is permissible for an unmarried person to adopt children, if they are able to care and fulfil all necessary requirements of the adopted children.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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