Were you aware how difficult it was for a Muslim child to be adopted internationally, even to a Muslim family in the United States?
The issue is a “a gap between Western and Islamic law. Traditional, closed adoption violates Islamic jurisprudence, which stresses the importance of lineage. Instead, Islam has a guardianship system called kafalah that resembles foster care, yet has no exact counterpart in Western law.” This leaves many young Muslims as orphans.
This also makes it very difficult for Muslim families here in the United States to adopt. Hopefully, with open adoptions becoming more the norm there can be changes in these situations.
What are your thoughts?
Were you aware of this reason why there are not many international adoptions from Islamic countries?
Are you Muslim and having difficulties adopting?
Are you involved with any of the movements to change the laws so more Muslim orphans can be adopted?
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