How many children should you have in Islam? One two three four or more.

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There is no limit on the children we can have, whatever Allah blesses us with we thank Him. We are encouraged to get married to a wife who is willing to have many children (usually a women who herself was in a big family), and discouraged to getting married to one who cannot bear any children. It has been narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said when a man came to him asking whether he should marry a women who cannot bear children, the man asked three times and the Prophet each time said no, on the third he said:

تَزَوَّجُوا الْوَلُودَ الْوَدُودَ فَإِنِّي مُكَاثِرٌ بِكُمْ

Marry the one who is fertile and loving, for I will boast of your great numbers

Sources: Islamic online university

  • I guess there is a hadith which explicitly commands to have as more children as possible?
    – user940
    May 20, 2013 at 6:53

The "count" should be as many as you can provide for them to have a good live, future, education,... and raise as good persons to themselves and to others.

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