Human Genetics and Islam: Scientific and Medical Aspects

Bilal Ahmad Ghareeb


Objective: To relate diverse aspects of genetics and its applications to concepts in the Glorious Qur’an and the hadīth.

Study Design: The author compared passages from the Glorious Qur’an and hadīth with modern concepts in genetics, such as recessive inheritance, genetic counseling, genetic variation, cytoplasmic inheritance, sex chromosomes, genetics-environment interactions, gender determination, and the hypothesis of “pairing in the universe.”

Conclusions: A fresh understanding of Islamic scripture reveals references to principles of genetics that predate contemporary discoveries. This highlights the need for further exploration of possible links between science and religion.


Qur’an; Hadith; Genetics; Genetic Counseling; Recessiveness; Cytoplasmic Inheritance; Gender determination.

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