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The objective of this paper is to extract useful ideas from the religious texts (The Glorious Qur’an and the Traditions of the Prophet, Hadith) that are compatible with the science of genetics. The Islamic scientific miracles in the Glorious texts of are screened for relevant links with the applied science of genetics. Special concerns are focused on the domain of the influence of environment on the genetic expression of human traits notably the behavioral ones. Important relevant impacts and applications are discussed as for example our role in reorienting behaviors. In Islam, it is believed that all humans are born innately in a good temper. Their environmental material and cultural factors fashion them on different religions, thinking manners and philosophies (in the same manner as an animal born healthy can undergo cutting off or amputation later on). Each child is born in a state of Fitrah pure Muslim nature, and then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian, the way an animal gives birth to a normal offspring. Have you noticed any that were born mutilated? Furthermore, we have a role on genetic diseases many of which are influenced by the environmental conditions. Mother’s internal environment and its effects on the sex of her offspring are also evoked. There is also a role of companions in the formation of our characters, our duty vis-à-vis this issue is discussed. Important philosophical consequences are extracted like the uniqueness of God in ideally judging the actions of people, as he is the only to be able to trace norms of reactions for all our actions and reactions for everyone in the world under all possible conditions! This Islamic knowledge, which predates the recent discoveries with some 1400 years, was put in service of health and solving social problems. The methodology of this paper can be extrapolated on other authentic religious texts of which ideas are not yet explored by science! This is an important process of strengthening the conviction and the convincing capacity of Islam as a divine religion! In fact, a clear distinction is made in Islam between those who know (and seek knowledge) and those who do not! What! He, who is obedient during hours of the night, prostrating himself and standing, takes care of the here- after and hopes for the mercy of his Lord! Say: Are those who know and those who do not know alike? Only the men of understanding are mindful (Az-Zumar, The Troops, Throngs, The Glorious Qur’an Chapter 39, Verse 9)
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