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Sura 17
Aya 31
وَلا تَقتُلوا أَولادَكُم خَشيَةَ إِملاقٍ ۖ نَحنُ نَرزُقُهُم وَإِيّاكُم ۚ إِنَّ قَتلَهُم كانَ خِطئًا كَبيرًا

Yusuf Ali

Kill not your children1 for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.
  • The Arabs were addicted to female infanticide. In a society perpetually at war a son was a source of strength whereas a daughter was a source of weakness. Even now infanticide is not unknown in other countries for economic reasons. This crime against children’s lives is here characterised as one of the greatest of sins.