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DNA for genealogy against Sharia

‘DNA for genealogy against Sharia’
KUWAIT CITY: Using DNA fingerprinting technology to identify genealogy is against Islamic Sharia and will lead to social problems by disintegrating many families, Al-Anba quoted several Islamic preaches as saying. Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Kuwait University Dr Mohammed Al-Tabtabaei said “Islam does not allow the use of DNA fingerprinting to prove genealogy and no family can reject any of its members based on results of such tests.” He said Islam does not allow linking the crimes of fathers to sons as each of them is accountable for his own actions, adding “although security departments can use DNA fingerprinting for issues related to national security, this technology should not be used as a tool to identify the family tree of anybody.”

Dr Ahmed Al-Hajji, a Fiqhi expert, said “if there is no other strong proof, DNA fingerprinting can be used to identify maternal relationship if two women claim to be the mother of the same child. However, this technology cannot be used to prove paternal relations.” The Islamic Juristic Group (IJG) said “DNA fingerprinting can be used only in criminal investigations and not to identify the genealogy of any one. In case of disputes over of dispute a new born baby or lost child such tests can be used to identify the parents of the child.”

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