As if the fact that Islam sanctions child marriages and the taking of sex slaves (right hand possess) wasn’t bad enough, Islam also allows first cousin marriages and the sad results of them can easily be seen in Pakistan.
Pakistan: Cousin marriages create high risk of genetic disorders
Scientists say inbreeding is causing an unusually high number of genetic mutations to spread in Pakistan, leading to disabilities in children of consanguineous marriages. Still, this social custom persists.
Ghafoor Hussain Shah is a 56-year-old teacher and father of eight children in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. According to tribal customs in Pakistan, Shah said he is expected to arrange the children’s marriages within his extended family.
However, Shah knows about the potential risks of genetic disease prevalent in children from inter-family marriages. He married his maternal cousin in 1987, and three of their children suffer from disorders.
Shah told DW his son’s brain did not develop to a normal size. One of his daughters has a speech disorder and another has hearing problems.
“My biggest regret is that they could not get education,” he said. “I am always worried about them … who will look after them after my wife and I are gone?” he added.
Despite the risks of genetic disorders, Shah said there is enormous social pressure to adhere to customs calling for cousins to marry. Anyone who refuses to offer their children for marriage within the family risks being ostracized.
Shah said he had to marry off his one son and two daughters to close relatives. His family’s medical history includes cases of blood disorders, learning disabilities, blindness and deafness. Doctors have said inbreeding could be to blame.
Yes, it sure could be the problem. Because marrying first cousins doubles the risk of birth defects.
Pakistan’s ‘genetic mutation’ problem
According to a 2017 report on genetic mutations in Pakistan, the “heterogenous composition” of Pakistan’s population, including high levels of “consanguinity” has led to a prevalence of genetic disorders.
The report introduces a Pakistan “genetic mutation” database, which identifies and tracks different types of mutations and the disorders they lead to. According to the database, more than 1,000 mutations have been reported in 130 different kinds of genetic disorders found in Pakistan.
Huma Arshad Cheema, a pediatrician specializing in genetic disorders, told DW that Pakistan has a huge burden of generic disorders due to inbreeding.
She said specific disorders can be pinpointed to particular castes and tribes where inter-marriage is common.
One of the most common genetic disorders seen right now in Pakistan is the inherited blood disorder, Thalassemia, which keeps red blood cells from absorbing oxygen.
Genetic testing and pre-natal screenings for hereditary disorders are not widely available in Pakistan, Cheema said, adding that many health facilities also lack the capacity to treat genetic disorders.
Why do cousin marriages continue?
Karachi-based health expert Seraj ud Daulah said that the practice of cousin marriages in Pakistan can be traced to Islamic religious doctrines.
“I asked clerics to help create awareness about genetic diseases, asking them to explain to people how cousin marriages are contributing to the rise in genetic diseases,” Daulah told DW.
However, he said the clerics he spoke with flatly refused, claiming that such marriages are in accordance with Islamic Sharia law and the traditions of the Prophet Mohammad.
Unlike the liars for Allah that I continually expose, the clerics mentioned in this article were telling the truth about Islam. As it does sanction first cousin marriages.
To further the evidence that Islam still allows first cousin marriages is the fact that the Koran states that the actions of Mohammad should be followed for all times.
Meaning that the perversion of Islam is forever.
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