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    I have a question that is quite uncomfortable for me to ask but as a Muslim this is the only forum I want to ask it.

    I understand it is considered a blessing to take care of an orphan. But I would like to know what the Islamic rule is on giving your baby to a family who have better means to take care of it. And I’m talking about a Muslim family of course.

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    If this decision involves you or someone you know, you should not feel uncomfortable to ask. In fact, you must ask, especially people of knowledge in your community (imams who are trustworthy, etc.) since it's a huge decision that will affect the life of the child forever.

    Even if we say that the Islamic ruling is that it's permissible in general, you have to take into consideration a few things:

    1. What is the reason (you or whoever else) wants to give the baby up to someone else?

    Depending on the answer, it could be permissible, or it could be very blameworthy to have a child grow up without his or her mother.

    2. Do you mean by "better means", as in financial? If so, then we must believe that Allah is the Provider and the baby will come with its provision. We must be patient and rely on Allah, and everything will fall into place.

    You can read this as it may have some benefit for you:
    ”Giving” a Child to Someone Else to Raise