Birth control not same as population control
There is hysteria about there being too many people and too many babies being born. Television presents notables ranging from the last 50 years repeating that more people on earth mean poorer lives now and worse prospects for the future.
Is it possible that mankind is on the verge of filling the earth, or has reached it already, or has surpassed it, so that now we suffer from overpopulation? Anyone who travels extensively, whether by ground or by air, certainly doesn't get that impression.
So many people in a lot of different countries complain about overpopulation, but is it really that bad? Is overpopulation such a burden that it hampers people from living their everyday lives? When one hears the word “overpopulated,” he or she automatically imagines the worst possible scenario in a given locality. A glimpse at the other side of this concept may help people better understand the real case.
‘Marry the woman who is fertile and loving, for I will be proud of your great number before (other) nations on the Day of Resurrection.’
[as Reported in Nasai, Mishkat 267 kitabun nikah p. 267, etc]
In viewing this hadith, a man should prefer to marry a woman who can bear children. This would be inclusive of observing the sisters of the intended spouse, her aunts, comments made by her pertaining to the rearing of children, etc. so as to bring to the forefront that this individual (female) does not have any reservation towards having her own biological children under normal conditions.
Regarding the affectionate nature of an intended spouse (this applies to men and women): Hadith in general make clear that one should examine the intended spouse’s background, etc. to deduce the mental wiring of compatibility between the parties. Upon the necessary care taken in finding such a fertile and affectionate person, it can be deduced that the propensity of having children who are pious and a wife who is compassionate and...