A Shia Muslim Perspective on Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Rights of a Foetus

ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, AND A SHIA ISLAMIC RESPONSE

Ever since researchers in 1998 discovered that stem cells extracted from embryonic tissue could regenerate to become any type of cell, there has been a deep divide on the morality of such research. When stem cells are taken from an embryo, the embryo loses its viability: it cannot become implanted into a womb or develop into a fetus. To knowingly damage an embryo in order to remove stem cells is, for some, equal to destroying human life. For others, who see great promise in what stem cells might do to cure illnesses it is immoral not to move forward with such research. What is Islam’s position on this ethical question? Read how Iran, a Shia Muslim country, has responded to this debate.

Please click Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Rights of a Foetus: A Shia Muslim Perspective from Iran or on the image below.

Diseases and conditions where stem cell treatment is promising or emerging. Please click for article "A  Shia Muslim Perspective on Stem Cell Research." Image: Wikipedia.

Diseases and conditions where stem cell treatment is promising or emerging. Please click for article “A Shia Muslim Perspective on Stem Cell Research.” Image: Wikipedia.

One thought on “A Shia Muslim Perspective on Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Rights of a Foetus

  1. Dear Sir,

    YA ALI MADAD

    I am Adnan Zainul Abideen from Chitral, Pakistan, and have found this site really beneficial and of great interest for me, as I am living alone in Herat, Afghanistan. There are no more any Ismailis living in this area. Therefore it gives me a lot of knowledge, updates about our beloved Imam Zaman, AKDN, its activities and all. May Maula bless you with more sucesses, joys, long life, so that you could deliver this knowledge as a great volunteer for ever.

    Mr Iqbaal Karmali is fortunatley a single Ismaili working here, so for some time we meet on Khushiali occasions and some time on fridays. He also appreciated my link with SIMERG and your efforts for this too. I have completed my two terms of voluntary work in July 2012, as Regional Chairman ITREB Upper Chitral Pakistan, I also remained in Ismaili Council Upper Chitral as a member with portfolio Communication from 2002-2005 I hope we can continue for a long time. Khushiali Mubarak to you in advance, and your family as well as the SIMERG team.

    Ya Ali Madad
    Adnan Zainul Abideen
    Herat, Afghanistan

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