Genetic Engineering and Islam

Through genetic engineering and biochemistry science may soon be able to give us the tools to make ourselves smarter, stronger, and I suppose more attractive. I wonder though whether or not we should use this soon to be available technology to alter the human race. This is not a simple question to answer, but it is a question that must be answered. The answer must be consistent with what Allah has made legal for us. While I will speak on this matter it is of such importance that Muslim scholars far more knowledgeable than I must first give their opinions based on interpretation of Qur’an and Sunnah. Here are two possible ways to look at the question: one is to say that since we were created by Allah who is perfect then He would have created us according to His Plan and we should not be so arrogant as to attempt to improve on His work. Another way to understand the question would be to say that Allah would not have given us the ability to develop a technology that would allow us to improve the human race if He did not intend us to use that technology.

I say to you my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, this is a question that will be of great concern to you and to the coming generations. I have so far only presented a very simplified version of the question and the alternatives; I will have much more to say later. For now I think we should be encouraging to our most qualified Muslim scholars to look deeply into this matter of increasingly pressing importance. At this point I would say the position of Islam on genetic engineering has not yet been clearly determined, but until we are certain what Allah would consider to be lawful for us in regard to the use of genetic engineering I think the most reasonable thing to do is be VERY careful that we do not do something disastrously stupid with this very powerful technology that could cause the human race a harm so serious that it could not be rectified.

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4 responses to “Genetic Engineering and Islam

  1. If you want to read a reader’s feedback :) , I rate this article for four from five. Decent info, but I have to go to that damn google to find the missed bits. Thank you, anyway!

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  3. Shafaz

    If humans were to use genetic engineering as a means to “improve ourselves” that would result in a whole new branch of discrimination. Only the rich would be able to afford these changes, and thus they would have even more reason to feel elitism. Perhaps over time the more “normal” human beings will be shunned for not being “elite”. Also, society’s view on perfection is constantly changing. We will never be happy with what we have. Honestly, it’s better to keep these frivolous wants in Allah SWT hands and just use genetic engineering for practical uses, like medicine and harvest.

  4. Ameer

    Well,first question do make sense.
    And second question seems it is something like just to favour genetic.eng.
    Same question like the second one
    “If God dont want us to do sin,then why he have made us?It would have been that He had not made us” Right?

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