Praise be to Allaah.
has created man in the best of forms, and bestowed upon him the greatest
honours. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam, and We have carried them
on land and sea, and have provided them with At-Tayyibaat (lawful
good things), and have preferred them above many of those whom We have
created with a marked preferment”
has honoured him with reason and responsibility, and has made him a
khaleefah on earth, to populate and develop it. He has honoured man
by giving him the Message which suits his fitrah (natural state), indeed
it is that fitrah itself, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
set you (O Muhammad) your face towards the religion (of pure Islamic
Monotheism) Haneef (worship none but Allaah Alone). Allaah’s Fitrah
(i.e. Allaah’s Islamic Monotheism) with which He has created mankind.
No change let there be in Khalq-illaah (i.e. the religion of Allaah
Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not”
is keen to preserve the upright fitrah of man by preserving the five
holistic aims: religion, life, reason, lineage and property, and protecting
them from every change that may corrupt them, whether by its cause or
its effects. This is stated in the hadeeth qudsi which was narrated
by al-Qurtubi from the report of al-Qaadi Ismaa’eel, [in which Allaah
says]: “I have created all My slaves as haneefs (pure monotheists),
but the shayaateen (devils) come to them and try to divert them from
their religion… and they commanded them to alter My creation.” (Tafseer
taught man that which he did not know, and commanded him to seek and
examine and think and ponder, as He says in many aayahs, such as the
following (interpretations of the meanings):
they not see…”
they not look at…”
not man see that We have created him from Nutfah (mixed male and female
in these things, there are Ayaat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs,
etc.) for people who reflect”
therein is indeed a sign for people who have wisdom”
in this is a Reminder for men of understanding”
In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists
does not place any restrictions on the freedom of scientific research,
or place any obstacles in its way, because it is a mean of understanding
the laws of Allaah in His creation, but Islam also stipulates that this
cannot be left without any guidelines or regulations on the introduction
of scientific results into the public domain without first passing them
through the sieve of sharee’ah, so that that which is permissible may
be allowed through whilst that which is haraam is prevented from passing.
So it is not permissible to implement something simply because it can
be implemented, rather it has to be beneficial knowledge which serves
the interests of mankind and protects them from harm; this knowledge
has to protect the dignity of man and the lofty purpose for which Allaah
created him. So man should not become the subject of experimentation,
and scientific research should not impinge upon the unique identity
of the individual and his distinct characteristics, or lead to disruption
of the social framework or dissolution of the foundations of kinship
and lineage, or the family structure that has been known throughout
human history in the shade of Allaah’s laws and on the solid foundation
of His rulings.
the new scientific discoveries that man has made in modern times is
that which the media speaks of a great deal, that which is known as
cloning. We have to explain the ruling of Islam on this matter, after
quoting some details about it given by a group of Muslim scientists
and experts in this field:
is known that the laws of Allaah concerning His creation dictate that
the human being grows from the joining of two cells, the nucleus of
each of which contains a number of chromosomes, half the number of chromosomes
in the cells of the human body. When the cell of the father (the husband),
which is called the sperm, joins with the cell of the mother (the wife),
which is called the egg, they turn into a fertilized cell which contains
the complete number of chromosomes, and has the potential to multiply.
When it settles in the uterus of the mother, it grows and becomes a
whole new created being, by the will of Allaah. This cell multiplies,
so it becomes two identical cells, then four, then eight… then it continues
to multiply until it reaches the stage where the cells start to differ
from one another and become specialized. If, during the phase when the
cells are multiplying but have not yet begun to specialize, one cell
separates from the others, this will result in identical twins. Some
experiments have been done in which cells were artificially separated
from animal embryos, resulting in identical twins, but nothing of this
sort has been reported regarding human beings. This is regarded as a
kind of cloning, because it is producing identical copies, so it is
called cloning by splitting.
is another way of cloning a complete creature, which is done by taking
the complete number of chromosomes, in the form of a complete nucleus
from one of the cells of the body, and inserting it into an egg cell
from which the nucleus has been removed, thus forming a fertilized cell
containing a complete number of chromosomes and at the same time able
to multiply; if it is planted in the uterus of the mother it will develop
and grow and be born as a complete creature, by the will of Allaah.
This kind of cloning is known as nuclear transfer or nuclear insertion
in the egg cell. This is what is understood by the word “cloning” when
it is used, and this is what happened in the case of the sheep “Dolly”.
But this new creature is not an exact copy of the original, because
the egg of the mother from which the nucleus was removed still contains
some remnants of the nucleus in the material surrounding the removed
nucleus, and these remnants have a noticeable effect in altering the
characteristics which are inherited from the body cells, and this also
has not yet been reported to have been done with humans.
cloning means producing one or more living beings by transferring the
nucleus of a body cell to an egg whose nucleus has been removed, or
splitting an fertilized egg at the stage before the tissues and organs
is obvious that these and similar procedures do not represent the act
of creation, in whole or in part. Allaah says (interpretation of the
“Or do they assign to Allaah partners
who created the like of His creation, so that the creation (which they
made and His creation) seemed alike to them?” Say: ‘Allaah is the Creator
of all things; and He is the One, the Irresistible’”
tell Me (about) the (human) semen that you emit.
it you who create it (i.e. make this semen into a perfect human being),
or are We the Creator?
have decreed death to you all, and We are not outstripped,
transfigure you and create you in (forms) that you know not.
And indeed, you have already known
the first form of creation (i.e. the creation of Adam), why then do
you not remember (or take heed)?”
not man see that We have created him from Nutfah (mixed male and female
semen drops). Yet behold he (stands forth) as an open opponent.
he puts forth for Us a parable, and forgets his own creation. He says:
‘Who will give life to these bones after they are rotten and have become
(O Muhammad) ‘He will give life to them Who created them for the first
time! And He is the All-Knower of every creation!’
Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold you kindle
not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create the like
of them? Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing Supreme Creator.
His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be!’
indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth).
We made him (the offspring of Adam) as a Nutfah (mixed drops of the
male and female sexual discharge and lodged it) in a safe lodging (womb
of the woman).
We made the Nutfah into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood),
then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out
of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh,
and then We brought it forth as another creation. So Blessed is Allaah,
the Best of creators”
on the discussion above, the Committee has decided the following:
human cloning using the two methods mentioned, or any other method that
leads to reproduction of human beings is haraam
there is any transgression of the shar’i ruling mentioned above, then
the consequences of that should be discussed to explain the shar’i rulings
concerning such cases.
scenarios in which a third party may be added to the marital relationship
are forbidden, whether that involves a womb (surrogacy), eggs, sperm
or cells for cloning.
is permissible in Islam to use the technology of cloning and genetic
engineering in cases of germs and microscopic creatures, plants and
animals, within the limits and guidelines of sharee’ah, for the purpose
of serving interests and warding off harm.
Majma’ al-Fiqh al-Islamiyyah, p. 216-220