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Human cloning, change in gender un-Islamic: CII

06 November, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday declared human cloning and changing of gender as un-Islamic acts while announcing its recommendations on a range of issues.

Addressing a press conference, CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Ali Sherani said the council in its 193rd meeting discussed different issues. He said research and thinking was not banned in Islam and innovations could be made within the limits of Islam.

The council declared human cloning as un-Islamic while maintaining its recommendations given in a previous meeting, Sherani said. He said that changing of gender was also un-Islamic for both men and women, however, a person could be operated upon if he has characteristics of both sexes.

But the procedure should be done within Islamic injunctions. He said test tube baby could be allowed in certain conditions. Sherani said that gender selection was not prohibited in Islam and it can be done with the limits of shariah, however, it could not be used as a common practice.

The CII chairman said that mother milk banks should not be permitted as use of this milk would complicate family life and it would also not be beneficial to health. He said use of secret recordings for court cases should not be part of a general policy but it should only be done in specific cases.

The CII said evidence gained from secret recordings should be used as a supportive evidence. He said recommendations of the council would be implemented on all laws. The CII's recommendations, he added, were not presented in parliament and provincial assemblies after 1996, however when he became chairman of the council he started to send them to parliament.

Sherani said that in its next meeting the council would take up the issues of Christian and Hindu marriage and divorce, decision of Federal Shariat Court regarding zakat deduction, shariah veil, installation of statues in museums and public places and report on national and international agreements.

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