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    September 25, 1997

    Muslim Legal Scholars Condemn Human Cloning
    Islamic Voice

    Muslim scholars from over 50 countries have ruled that the cloning of humans in un-Islamic and should be strictly forbidden, no matter what methods are used to produce identical humans. At the end of six days of meetings in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, the ulema called on their governments to enact legislation banning local as well as foreign research centres from turning Muslim lands into field of experiments for the cloning of humans. The conference, however, said techniques used in the cloning of animals and plants are permissible under Shariah since they are of benefit to mankind. It called for establishing specialized research institutions in biology and genetic engineering to enable Muslims to conduct independent research and end their dependence on others.

    The conference was opened with a call from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd on scholars to seek solutions to controversial issues facing contemporary Muslims. The delegates discussed a number of topics in the areas of medicine, science, economy and finance and issued religious rulings on these.

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