View Full Version : Question about this confusing hadith on genes

08-02-2008, 06:34 PM
Hey! Heres the deal... I am guilty of reading Islam debates against other religions and one of the critics brought up this hadith.

Anas b. Malik (RA) reported that Umm Sulaim (RA) narrated it that she asked the Apostle of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) about a woman who sees in a dream what a man sees (sexual dream). The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: In case a woman sees that, she must take a bath. Umm Sulaim (RA) said: I was bashful on account of that and said: Does it happen? Upon this the Apostle of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Yes (it does happen), otherwise how can (a child) resemble her? Man's discharge (i. e. sperm) is thick and white and the discharge of woman is thin and yellow; so the resemblance comes from the one whose genes prevail or dominate.[Muslim]

Any ideas?

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08-02-2008, 09:23 PM
I feel very foolish. The answer was in an article I myself quoted once

Umm Salamah (WA) was referring to fertile FLUID. Astigfarullah and I was so confused before. Women indeed do have it and this thread can now be closed.

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