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Islamic Perspectives on Cloning and Genetic Enginerring

Asif Razvi, M.D., Islamic Center of Boston

O mankind! Fear
Your Guardian Lord,
Who created you
From a single person
Created, out of it,
His mate, and from them herain
Scattered (like seeds)
Countless men and women -
Fear Allah, through Whom,
Ye demand your mutual (rights),
And be heedful of the wombs
(That bare you): for Allah
Ever watches over you

(Chapter 1, verse 1)


  • Creation of the universe and mankind
  • Purpose of creation of mankind
  • Creation of heavens and the earth in true proportions

Hierarchy in Islam?

  • There is no hierarchy in Islam
  • Allah (God) is the supreme being
  • Every Muslim prays directly to God
  • Five scholars in the 8th and 9th century
  • Maliki
  • Hanafi
  • Shafi’I
  • Hanbali
  • Jafari

Islam and Science

  • No conflict between Islam and science
  • Many scientific facts today were described in the Qur’an 1400 years ago
  • Qur’an was revealed for all mankind and for all times
  • As we understand science better, we understand some of these facts in the Qur’an better

Islamic Beliefs

  • Oneness of God
  • Angels
  • All the prophets from Adam (PBUH) to Muhammad (PBUH)
  • All the Scriptures from “Suhul” of Abraham (PBUH), Psalms of David, Torah, Bible, and the Qur’an
  • The Last Day and the Hereafter
  • The Divine Decree

The Divine Decree

  • “For to anything which We have willed, We but say ‘Be,’ and it is. (Ch. 16: 40)
  • Fundamental belief in rationalizing and accepting scientific developments
  • God has the ultimate power to regulate and govern everything that happens in the universe

Ethics of Genetic Technology

  • Staying within the conformity of God’s Will (Ch. 81: 29)
  • Any improvement to further the cause of humanity or human health
  • Genetic manipulation to improve the health of a fetus
  • Improving the chances of fertility and conception within the sanctity of marriage


  • Inter-personal human relations heavily weighted in Islam
  • Development of an embryo without any spiritual or moral connection between a man and a woman
  • A mother can only claim motherhood if she carried the child in her womb
  • Potential for abuse
  • Dominance of a race
  • Black market for organs
  • Who makes the decision
  • Islamic legal issues
  • Cloning of sheep by God’s will
  • Is it a test for the human race?

“Allahu Alim”

We can theorize all we want, and debate all we want, but we have to admit that only God knows the real truth

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