There is a large problem in the Arab world that is holding them back. This problem is not known among most people as it is taboo to talk about it.
If we are to improve the Arab world, we must address this elephant in the room.
Prevalence of Incest
The Arab world has a serious problem with Consanguineous relationships resulting in children. Incest is such a universal negative that people, animals, and even plants avoid it. It is unsurprising to see a plethora of negative outcomes from communities and cultures that practice it with dignity.
[“con” or common] + [“sanguineus” or blood]
This is referring to a relationship between two people who share a common ancestor or blood. In other words, consanguineous marriage refers to unions contracted between biologically-related individuals. In clinical genetics, a consanguineous marriage means union between couples who are related as second cousins or closer.
Among Arabs, this would include double first cousins, first cousins, first cousins once removed, and second cousins.
Schematic of world consanguineous marriages
|Country||>1C, 1C||Overall consanguinity||References|
|United Arab Emirates||20.7-28.2||40-54.2||[ref,ref,ref]|
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The results are shocking, in many of these countries including: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the UAE are estimated to have over half their population being a result of consanguinity.
This destructive habit has been brought with migrants to the Western World.
A BBC study reported that the majority of British Pakistanis are married to a first cousin. In Britain, while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3% of all births, they accounted for 30% of British children born with a genetic illness.
Denmark Pakistanis also experience high levels of these types of relationships.
Legal status and prevalence
The only places in which cousin marriage is banned is the US, Certain Southern European countries and the Orient.
Effects of Incest
Other effects include:
- Higher incidents of illness
- Significantly higher occurrence of malignancies, congenital abnormalities, mental retardation and physical handicap
- Significantly higher rates of congenital heart diseases
- Increased rates of recessive genetic disorders
- Declined cognitive abilities
- Decline in average height, weight and BMI
- Deleterious consequences on an individuals cardiovascular profile
- Higher rates of congenital hydrocephalus
- Higher rates of neural tube defects
- Higher rates of pre-reproductive deaths
^Fewer than half of the children who were the product of incestuous unions were completely healthy. Forty-two percent of them were born with severe birth defects or suffered early death and another 11 percent were mildly mentally impaired.
This phenomenon may explain how the Arab world was able to be docile in the face of extremism.
Prohibited to you (For marriage) are:- Your mothers, daughters, sisters; father’s sisters, Mother’s sisters; brother’s daughters, sister’s daughters; foster-mothers (Who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives’ mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in,- no prohibition if ye have not gone in;- (Those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful;- Quran
The Prophet Muhammad himself married cousins, as he did with Zaynab bint Jahsh, who was not only the daughter of Umaimah bint Abd al-Muttalib, one of his father’s sisters
Muhammad also allowed the marriage of his daughter, Fatimah, to his cousin, Ali ibn Abi Talib, who would later go on to become the fourth Rightly-guided Caliph of Islam.
The second Caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab, also married his cousin, Atikah bint Zayd ibn Amr ibn Nufayl.
We must address this issue of inbreeding among Muslims as the ramifications of habitual inbreeding are catastrophic on the subsequent generation.