Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 15:11:07 -0500
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
RESOURCES: ISLAM AND HUMAN CLONING
SCIENTIST TIED TO UFO-BASED RELIGIOUS GROUP CLAIMS TO CLONE HUMAN
MALCOLM RITTER, Associated Press, 12/27/02
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A member of a sect that believes life on Earth was
created by extraterrestrials claimed Friday to have produced the world's
first human clone, a baby girl.
The 7-pound baby was born Thursday by Caesarean section and will be home
in three days, said Brigitte Boisselier, a chemist and CEO of a company
that did the experiment. She wouldn't say where the baby was born; she did
say the birth was at 11:55 a.m. local time.
Even before her news conference, other scientists expressed doubt that her
group could clone a human. Boisselier said the baby, dubbed
"Eve" by the scientists, is a clone of a 31-year-old American
woman. The woman donated the DNA for the cloning process, had the
resulting embryo implanted and then gestated the baby, Boisselier said. If
confirmed, that would make the child an exact genetic duplicate of her
Boisselier, who wouldn't reveal any names, said the mother had resorted to
cloning because her husband was infertile…
AMERICAN MUSLIMS OPPOSE HUMAN CLONING
According to a 2001 poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
81 percent of 1008 Muslim respondents said they were opposed to human
ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN CLONING
Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
It is obvious that in light of the limited knowledge that we have about
who would be harmed by cloning or whose rights would be violated, Muslim
legal rulings are bound to reflect a cautious and even prohibitive
attitude to the cloning beyond treatment of infertility or assessment of
genetic or other abnormalities in the embryo prior to implantation.
HUMAN CLONING: AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
However, cloning should not be used as an alternate way of human
production, even on a small scale. In my opinion, a full-fledged use of
cloning technology is haram [prohibited] because it may cause three major
* It may cause danger to the human personality
* It may cause danger to human dignity and honor
* It may cause danger to human family and society
CLONING: ISLAMIC VIEW
IOMS, Recommendations of the 9th Fiqh-Medical Seminar
Ordinary human cloning, in which the nucleus of a living somatic cell from
an individual is placed into the cytoplasm of an egg devoid of its
nucleus, is not to be permitted. If exceptional cases emerge in the
future, they should be considered to verify compliance with the Shari'ah
CLONING: FRIEND OR FOE
Ayman Nawash, Islamonline.net
Regarding the question of permissibility, the majority of the council
members after discussion reached the conclusion that cloning is
permissible in case of plants as well as in case of animals except human
beings. The extension of cloning to human beings would create extremely
complex and intractable social and moral problems. Therefore cloning of
human beings cannot be permitted.
ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST THE MANMADE GENESIS OF LIFE
Some Arguments against Human Cloning
* God is the Creator not humans. We have no right to interfere with God's
* Loss of Kinship - as the clone does not really have an identifiable
mother or father.
* Harmful to Society/nature - may have grave consequences if this ability
was to create superior beings.
* May cause disruption in nature, due to possibilities of overpopulation
* Unnatural - a way of reproduction that is contrary to what God has given
Arguments for Cloning
* Cloning is a form of creation that is created from materials we have,
rather than from nothing - which is Gods ability only.
* Islam encourages research and investigation.
* Cloning Technology can be used for good purposes - new cures for
diseases and conditions.
LEGAL COMMITTEE IS TOLD OF EFFORTS TO REACH CONSENSUS IN
FORMULATING CONVENTION AGAINST HUMAN CLONING
M2 PRESSWIRE, 10/28/02
ELFATIH ERWA (Sudan), speaking for the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, said the inconclusive nature of scientific research into
cloning techniques raised serious concerns whether those techniques could
be carried out successfully on a human being. Opposition to human cloning
also stemmed from the underlying fears that the technique could fall into
the hands of some unscrupulous elements who could abuse it for their
The group of Islamic States felt that the Ad Hoc Committee should be
requested to proceed, as a matter of urgency, with the preparation of a
draft text on the subject. It believed that with the completion of the
draft, negotiations should continue to address the issues relating to
therapeutic cloning. The group strongly encouraged other cloning
techniques to produce DNA molecules, organs, plant tissues and cells other
than human embryos. It believed that such techniques should be permitted.
MALAYSIA'S ISLAMIC DECISION-MAKING BODY BANS HUMAN CLONING
JASBANT SINGH, Associated Press, 3/13/02
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's highest religious decision-making body
has banned human cloning, saying the procedure is "unnatural and
totally against Islam."
Ismail Ibrahim, head of the Muslim clerical council with powers to issue a
decree, or fatwa, said that the council held several discussions with
local Islamic scholars before arriving at a unanimous decision.
"Human cloning has generated a lot of interest around the
world," Ismail told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We do not
have problems with cloning of animals or even food, but human beings are a
completely different issue…"
Islam forbids human cloning since it goes against the laws of natural
reproduction, Ismail said.
Verses in the Koran, Islam's holy book, "say that the creation of
human beings is brought through the reproductive seeds of a husband and
wife," Ismail said. "Any procedure that does not meet this
criteria is unnatural and totally against Islam…"
TUNISIA CALLS FOR ARAB TREATY TO BAN HUMAN CLONING
Agence France Presse, 3/3/99
CAIRO - Tunisia called Wednesday for a treaty banning human cloning in
Arab countries, the Arab League said. Tunisia's Health Minister el-Hadi
Mehanna made the proposal during a meeting here of Arab League health
ministers, who agreed to form a committee to draft such a treaty.
Leading clerics in Arab countries have denounced cloning as contrary to
ARAB DOCTOR URGES MOSLEM COUNTRIES TO BAN HUMAN CLONING
Agence France Presse, 1/10/98
DUBAI, - A medical professor from the United Arab Emirates has called on
Moslem governments not to allow Western researchers to carry out human
cloning experiments banned in their own countries, newspapers reported
Governments "should ban any research organization or scientist, local
or foreign, who seeks to use Islamic countries as an arena for carrying
out illegal experiments on human cloning," said Maamun al-Shaqfa,
professor of medicine at the medical faculty here. Shaqfa was speaking at
a seminar in the UAE emirate of Sharjah organized in response to
Chicago-based scientist Richard Seed's announcement Wednesday that he
intended to pursue human cloning in the United States or anywhere else in
the world he was allowed to.
"Islam is not opposed to scientific research, but authorization of
any experiment is not recommended unless the sharia (Islamic law)
pronounces on its legality or illegality," Shaqfa said.
"Human cloning is inadmissible because it destroys the basic social
concepts of the family, married life and parenthood," said Mohammed
al-Morsi Zahra, doyen of the faculty of theology and law at the UAE
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