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How did the children of Adam breed? was it incest?

BTW As I know only problem for brother and sister to have a child is mutations in DNA. If Adam and Eve had original DNA without mutations then their children could make healthy grandchildren.

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FYI, Christianity.SE has tackled this same issue here –  Affable Geek Sep 25 '12 at 13:53
Exactly! Very interesting! But they do not give a clear answer. Just 4 versions. –  Max Sep 25 '12 at 15:33
Hi Max! Sorry - I don't understand your confusion. The answers there are various theories about how to handle the "Was Adam committing incest." In Christian theology (and I don't know the Islamic take, hence this is a comment and not a question) the answer is most likely, "Yes, Adam probably did commit incest - but he wasn't breaking a commandment in doing so." Alternatives (like the Nephilim) are also presented. –  Affable Geek Sep 25 '12 at 15:41
It would be good to know Islamic version on this. –  muslim1 Sep 25 '12 at 22:17
@AffableGeek of course, Christianity usually has to address this twice - once for Adam, once for Noah. Islam has a far less devastating version of the flood, so does not get this issue quite as much with Nūḥ. –  Marc Gravell Sep 26 '12 at 6:30

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According to Shi'a Islam, there was no incest.

Here's a brief summary from Hayat-al-Qulub Volume 1, Section 2 (Merits of Adam and Hawwa’ (Eve), Reasons behind naming them so, the beginning of creation).

Adam had 70 twins. Every twin consisted of a boy and a girl. Thereafter, Allah gave him 2 sons, one after another, called Shith and Yaafith. When both grew up and Allah wanted to multiply human beings and as the Qalam had made the sisters unlawful for their brothers, Allah sent a huri, Nazala and ordered Adam to marry Shith to her.

Next day another huri, Mauzela was sent and Allah ordered that Yafith be married to her. Adam did as was told. Shith got a son and Yafith a daughter. When both attained maturity Allah ordered Adam to marry them and Adam obeyed. Since Shith (or Hibtullah), was the first successor to whom a will was made, the lineage of Prophets and Messengers of Allah began from him.

For the beginning of the lineage of common men,

When Haibatullah was born and attained maturity, Adam asked Allah to provide a wife for his son. Allah sent a huri and Adam married her to his son. Through her, four sons were born. Then Adam had another son. When he grew up he was married to a Jinn woman and she gave birth to four girls. Later Shith’s sons were married to the daughters of the Jinn woman. Therefore beauty from the huri and forbearance is from Adam, while every bad quality, ugliness and stupidity is due to the Jinn woman. After giving birth to sons, the huri returned to the heavens.

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Nice "huri" :) I have not knew about them. –  Max Sep 26 '12 at 12:06

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