“Let God’s Will Prevail?”

August 17, 2008 at 1:09 am (Uncategorized)

Ghazala Khamis gave birth to 7 healthy babies (4 boys and 3 girls) in Alexandria on Saturday–the first successful delivery of septuplets in Egypt since people started keeping track of such things.  As is usually the case with multiple births, Khamis had taken fertility drugs.   Already the mother of three daughters, Khamis resorted to medical intervention so that she could give birth to a son. 

When Khamis and her family realized she was pregnant with a litter, the idea of abortion was briefly entertained and dismissed.  As Khamis’ brother explained,

We thought about an abortion, but then we felt it’s religiously forbidden. So we said ‘Let God’s will prevail.’ [Emphasis mine] 

God’s will apparently was not enough when Khamis only had daughters.



  1. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    I guess they let God’s will prevail when they delivered the babies via Caesarean, gave the mother a blood transfusion, and put the babies in incubators and fed them formula to keep them alive.

    She’s the wife of a farmer? With 10 kids? I hope God’s will is nutritious.

  2. Ameen Sayed said,

    The very concept of Abortion is widely refused among believers of all faiths. It’s a deliberate murder of a soul- seven in our case- and a heinous crime against Motherhood. The phrase Let God’s will prevails is too much used among Egyptians of all faiths that it might lose its meaning at times. A better interpretition would be So Be It. It’s my irk in the end of the day and I know it better.

    That the woman believes in God should by no means that she drops her faith in technology or medicine ( though I contempt the urging yearning for baby boys in Egypt, what’s wrong with gals?). But then highly-educated and cultivated docs bear responsibility , too. They prescribe the fertility drugs far and wide without even warning the peasant woman about the side effect, I’m convinced if she had known she would never have had a small tribe in her home. Yesteryear a woman had six kids at a time plus 5 from separate conceptions(3 of them boys), two from a previous marriage and 3 from a husband’s ex. The cause of taking fertility drugs remains obscure for me, but it’s a case in point !!

  3. Lukie said,

    I am sure that if Allah would have allowed abortions it would have been the three girls that were gone.

  4. linda said,

    lets see, the father works at the most 2 days a week. How did they afford fertility treatments which the byproduct is multilple births which now they say they cant handle financially. better try to get some money off men, cause any women who reads this story will be thrilled with the worthlessness they afforded their girls when they decided to ruin themselves financially for a “boy”

  5. zantimisfit said,

    Lukie took the words right out of my mouth.

  6. Elisabeth said,

    Great, more children brought into the world by incredibly stupid people who can’t afford them, just what we needed.

  7. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    The point is that people have a way of interpreting God’s will such that it conveniently supports their own desires and prejudices and are almost never logically or morally consistent about it.

    Just like crazy fundamentalists who preached that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment on gays and degenerates, but when tragedy strikes nice, white, Christian families in the heartland, suddenly God’s will is too mysterious for humans to know.

  8. Ameen Sayed said,

    Meds are pretty cheap in Egypt, Linda. Plus the drug is administered at a one five-day-dose per month.

  9. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    You know what’s a true crime against motherhood? Risking the life of a mother of three daughters just so a man can have a son. Not to mention almost guaranteeing that a mother will struggle to keep her insanely large brood healthy and fed by deciding that God wants her to have septuplets… just to fulfill a man’s desire to have a son.

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