Author: Amanda Pritts
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In 2017 we’re faced with a very unique set of circumstances, where politicians refuse to acknowledge or speak about evidence ridden health risks for fear of being labeled ‘racists.’ We now live in such a time where only those who are unafraid of being labeled Islamophobic will bring up the topic of Muslim inbreeding.
First-cousin marriages are occasionally due to family pressure aka emotional blackmail. This is when the parents of either the bride or groom will go on a hunger strike, or even threaten suicide if they do not agree to the arrangement. Often enough, the party in question doesn’t need convincing due to their upbringing and the practice being normalized. The first-cousin marriages are praised and considered an advantage over an out-of-family union due to the family sharing the same values, beliefs, religion, and the idea that because they are the same blood they will be cared for and loved more than if they were to marry outside of the family.
The problems arise when children are brought into the situation. The area facing this inbreeding problem out in the open is Britain where British Pakistanis account for 3.4% of all births in the area. However, they also account for 30% of British children with recessive disorders and a higher infant mortality rate. In Britain, 70% of all Pakistanis are inbred due to generational first-cousin marriages. In 2004 the BBC confirmed 55% of the Pakistani community was in fact married to first-cousins. Since then, there has been a very serious rise of kidney and liver problems amongst inbred children. Liver transplants in the UK alone among infants is no longer uncommon, and has increased 21% in just seven years between 2004-2011.
Some parents of these children have blamed the doctors for their children’s problems, instead of their own shallow gene pools. Thanks to doctors like Dr. Zakir Naik who stated “There’s no problem” with first-cousins reproducing. He claims the marriage “has little to no impact on birth defects in comparison to brother and sister” fornication, he continues to say “Islam is not wrong.” In spite of the massive statistics that proves first-cousin marriages have devastating consequences. Another very interesting defense I have heard on the topics is that it worked just fine for breeding specific breeds of horses, they were inbred, therefor humans should be able to inbreed as well.
Let’s list just some of the medical problems with reproducing with first-cousins:
* Inbred babies experience significant delays in development such as visual fixation, social smile, oral expression and hand-grasping.
* The risk of death due to autosomal recessive disorders such as cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher than that of a non-inbred infant.
* The risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher, as well as the risk for mental and physical retardation, schizophrenia and depression.
* The risk of a stillbirth is increased by 100%.
* The death during labor increases by a staggering 50%.
* Research has proven that if ones parents are cousins, their offsprings IQ will decrease 10-16 points. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70 then increases 400%.
* Inbred children are 3 times more likely to have a learning disablity compared to the general population.
* The risk of becoming deaf or blind is almost imminent.
* Drastic increase of liver and kidney diseases or failure.
* 1 in 4 births will have a recessive genetic disorder.
These cases cause the NHS millions of dollars each year, and burden specialized programs not meant to accommodate so many families. At least you’ll have the same family values, right? All sarcasm aside, if this is common sense in the western world and the reason first-cousin marriages are illegal in most countries, why does Islam permit it?
In Islam, the rules are very specific when it comes to inbreeding. Brothers and sisters may not reproduce, neither may parents with children, uncles or aunts with nieces or nephews, however, first-cousin marriages are approved. It’s known that their prophet Muhammed married his first-cousin Zaynab further giving reassurance that this practice is not wrong. Some parents of the disabled inbred children said they believe it to be God’s will, or God’s test for them.
Now in 2017, British Pakistanis have limited engagements on this topic for fear of ridicule, and instead choose to keep it as far behind closed doors as possible, which isn’t easy to do when it’s burdening tax payers and overwhelming public health programs and resources. Politicians have announced trying to make first-cousin marriages illegal, but are now instead simply doing genetic testing on cousin couples to persuade them not to have children for fear of being called Islamophobic or racist against an entire group of people. 2017, the year where feelings were put ahead of child welfare.
Thanks for reading,