Islamic Views

1.5 Billion Fallowers

What is Islam

Muslims believe that God reveled the Qur’an to the final prophet Muhammad, through the angel Gabriel. This is the world’s second largest religion behind Christianity.  Almost all Muslims belong to one of the two major denominations, the Sunni or the Shi’a. The two groups formed after a political disagreement over leadership of the community.  ( L. Gardet; J. Jomier. "Islam". Encyclopaedia of Islam Online)

Adult Stem Cells

Muslims, like most religions, support Adult Stem Cell Research. They feel it is less effective as embryonic stem cell research but they feel it is still a viable path that needs to be pursued in order to advance medical technologies.

Embryonic Stem Cells

Many Muslims support Embryonic Stem Cell Research for many reasons. The Shari’ah makes a distinction between potential life and actual life, determining that actual life should be afforded more protection than potential life. Therefore under Islamic law the embryo is not considered to be a viable form of life, so the destruction of it does not violate Islamic law.  The Qur’an also states “Each of you possesses his own formation within his mother’s womb, first as a drop of matter for forty days, then as a blood clot for forty days, then as a blob for forty days, and then the angel is sent to breathe life into him.” Which could be perceived as life not beginning until somewhere between 40-120 days after conception, which supports the argument that the fetus is not living. Because of the information stated in the Qur’an Muslims support Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (Powell, Alvin. (2007)  “Stem cells, through a religious lens”) 

Cord Blood Stem Cells

The Islamic views on cord blood stem cells is not yet common knowledge or available to me because this is new technology that yet has not been pursued by the Muslim people. From interviews with Islamic followers I found they don’t really see any point in this technology because it is less effective than Embryonic Stem Cells.