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  • Possible root of problems in islam?

    Could one of the major roots of the problems in islam be inbreeding?

    From Wikiislam:

    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Cousin_Marriage_in_Islam


    Prohibited to you (For marriage) are:- Your mothers, daughters, sisters; father's sisters, Mother's sisters; brother's daughters, sister's daughters; foster-mothers (Who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives' mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in,- no prohibition if ye have not gone in;- (Those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time.

    So what's missing from this list? 1st cousins! The founder of islam muhammad himself married a first cousin of his.

    From islam today
    http://en.islamtoday.net/node/1265

    "Question
    Why was muhammad (peace be upon him) married to his cousin? Is this permitted to Muslim people or was it special for the prophet ?

    Answer
    We have made lawful to thee the wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the captives of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated with thee;

    marriage with first cousins lawful"

    It is well understood that marriage between 1st cousins doubles the rate of birth defects. And when 1st cousin marriage is common generation after generation the problems are compounded.

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...-birth-defects

    http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/...ousin-marriage


    Some islamic countries have started to try and move away from this common practice.

    From the New York Times on Saudi Arabia
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/01/wo...ding.html?_r=0
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Beatrice Evelyn Hall
    Updated for the 21st century... except if you are criticizing islam, that scares the $hii+e out of me!

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