Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
Responding to your question, Zeinab Al-`Alawani, instructor of fiqh and Islamic studies at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, states:
May Allah grant you patience and compensate you for your loss.
This is a natural feeling as you went through pregnancy and became very attached to the baby. It is very difficult to let go, but make sure you do not think or speak ill of Almighty Allah, but rather, continue to observe patience and rely on Almighty Allah to grant you a great reward.
It is better to bury the embryo and this would also be more of a relief for you. You do not have to name it, but if you feel so, it would do no harm. The baby starts to have a soul after 4 months.
Almighty Allah knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.