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How did the children of Adam and Eve breed? Was it incest?

By the way, as far as I know the only problem for a brother and a sister to have a child is mutations in DNA. If Adam and Eve had an 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
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    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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Of course, there is no separate Islamic 'take' on this matter. There would only be one possible theory for this highly controversial question,

It was incest back then according to today's definition of incest.

There is nothing wrong in accepting the fact that God ordered Prophet Adam (pbuh) to marry his sons with his daughters. (Stories of the Prophets)

It was in the very beginning of the mankind when God ordered so, so that mankind will expand through its natural system of reproduction.

But, later when there started ego and jealousy, God devised rulings accordingly and banned incest.

Please note that, God always wishes the welfare of the mankind and he revises/abrogates his previous rulings as and when deemed necessary.

May the creator guide us all.

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I heard this lesson long ago from a series called The stories of the prophets.


How did the children of Adam and Eve breed? Was it incest?

Adam and Eve had their own set of rules (arabic: Sharia) specific to their circumstance.

Eve gave birth to twins everytime she was pregnant, one son and one daughter.

And the ruling was that each pair that was born together was not allowed to get married.

By the way, as far as I know the only problem for a brother and a 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.

I don't think that is right. Biology is more complicated than that I think.


I personally think, although interesting to know, it doesn't really matter. It is speculation at the end of the day.

  • Maybe, maybe not. I heard that from Tareq Swaidan in a series he gave. I don't have references. – Ely Jul 17 '15 at 11:07

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