Genetics, Genetic Engineering, the Human Genes, and Genetic Treatment - An Islamic Perspective
In the name of God; the Merciful, the Conlpassionate
Thanks are due to God, Lord ofall creation. Peace and blessings be upon our Benefactor,
Mohammed, who was sent a mercy to all creation, and his family and companions.
In pursuance of the Islamic Organisation for Medical Sciences' efforts in dealing with medical and
health issues through an Islamic perspective, as shown in the numerous seminars it has regularly
And in view of the tremendous importance of the science of genetics and the scientific avenues it
has opened up and their potential applications, with respect to the shaping of the present and future
of mankind, the Islamic Organisation for Medical Sciences undertook to hold a special seminar to
deal with this issue in depth, and to discuss all the facts and ramifications and possibilities associated
with it, from the perspective oflslamic law.
With the grace of God, and under the kind care of His Highness, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-
Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, the Eleventh Seminar was held in the State of Kuwait, to deal
with the subject of: "Genetics, Genetic Engineering, the Human Genes, and Genetic Treatment -An
The Seminar was organised in association with the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah, the 'it World Health
Organisation Regional Office, Alexandria, and the Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organisation
(ISESCO), during the period from 23 to 25 Jumada al- Akhirah 1419 AH, corresponding to 13 to15 October
Participants included a host of distinguished Muslim jurists, medical doctors, pharmacists, biological science
specialists, and experts in various other human sciences.
The inaugural session was held at the Grand Assembly Hall in the YusefMarzouk Centre for Islamic Medicine
and began with a recitation from the Glorious Quran followed by the address of the representative of His
Highness Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, the Emir of the State ofKuwait, the sponsor of the meeting,
given by His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr Adil al-Subaih.
This was followed by the address of the Secretary General of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah, given by Dr
Mohammed al-Habib al-Khojah, the address of the World Health Organisation, given by Dr Hussain al-Jazaeri,
and the address of the Director of the Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organisation (ISESCO), given on
his behalf by Mr Najib al-Ghayati. The session was finally addressed by the Chairman of the Islamic
Organisation for Medical Sciences, Dr Abdulrahman al-Awadi.
The Seminar resumed its meetings at the Crown Plaza Hotel, and on the first day discussed the scientific aspects