|Wednesday, July 21, 2004
15:30 - Dumpster diving
Gee, it's been some time since I posted any of the fascinating insights from the ever-illuminating Ar-Rahman list, hasn't it?
Well, let's rectify that situation:
| assalaam u alaikum
| r marriages permissable between relatives? like i have a
| daughter i want her to get married either with my
| brother's son or my sister's son ? is it correct
| according to islamic rules? and if yes has it any
| scientific disadvantage.
Islam permits inter-family marriages (pls refer to Sura Al-Nisa) where clear definations are present as to who we can & who we can't marry. It is amazing that whilst the Quran does not specify how to offer prayers (salah) how to perform Hajj how to observe fast during ramadhan it very clearly in details talk on the subject of marriage and women rights. However please be clear that the prospective bride & groom are happy with the arrangement.
As far as scientific disadvantages are concerned I am from the medical/scientific background and yes there are disease which are passed on genetically however there is no proven analysis/data whether this is highly prevalent amongst inter-family marriages. All I can say is if you marry within the gene pool you are aware of you can take precautions relating to ceratin disease like heart/diabetic etc but what is the surety that outside the family gene pool does not have these or worse ailments?
Ahh. Mm. I see.
Once again, my blinkered Westernized philosophy has imprisoned my thinking. Thank you, Riaz, "from the medical/scientific background", for showing me the way. I brim with tolerance and understanding.
Just like Nicholas Kristof, whose op-ed in the New York Times a few days ago was also forwarded gleefully to the list.
"Jesus merely raised one hand a few inches and a yawning chasm opened in the earth, stretching far and wide enough to swallow all of them. They tumbled in, howling and screeching, but their wailing was soon quashed and all was silent when the earth closed itself again."
These are the best-selling novels for adults in the United States, and they have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. The latest is "Glorious Appearing," which has Jesus returning to Earth to wipe all non-Christians from the planet. It's disconcerting to find ethnic cleansing celebrated as the height of piety.
If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of "Glorious Appearing" and publish it in Saudi Arabia, jubilantly describing a massacre of millions of non-Muslims by God, we would have a fit. We have quite properly linked the fundamentalist religious tracts of Islam with the intolerance they nurture, and it's time to remove the motes from our own eyes.
I wonder if Kristof is familiar with the meaning of the word "ethnic" (or "mote"). Or has heard a typical Friday sermon from Mecca or Damascus.
UPDATE: George H. has done me one better. Man, go nuts—this I'd love to see.