To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males. Or He makes them [both] males and females, and He renders whom He wills barren. Indeed, He is Knowing and Competent. -- Qur'an 42:49-50

These ayat came up in my previous question Does the Qur'an 75:39 ("He made of him a pair, male and female?") exclude the possibility of people who are neither male nor female?

Question: Should "Or He makes them [both] males and females" be interpreted as referring to intersex people?

It seems plausible that this instead refers to instances of male-female twins.


The Qur'aan verse 42:50 says

"Or he(Allah) gives them [both] males and females"

It doesn't refers to Transgender. Allah says in verse 49 that he give male children for whom he wants or female children for whom he wants or give them [both] males and females or give them nothing,leave them barrens.

The previous verse says:

  • he gives male children -all children are male, like 5 male children,etc
  • he gives female children -all children are female, like 5 female children,etc

The 50th verse says:

  • or he give(both) males and females -twins or both like 2 male and 2 female or 2:1, etc
  • or leave them without child -no children at all.

You can understand from the verse that. he can give twins or one by one in next birth. Because Transgender is not from birth.

Eg: a male transgender don't have pubic region of both male and female, they just change the behavior. And a female transgender don't have pubic regios of both female and male, they also just change their behavior.

for more information about transgender refer this site.

  • The question is clearly asking about intersex, not transgender.
    – goldPseudo
    Aug 24 '16 at 15:29
  • Perhaps this spirit of the answer is the same though, i.e., that it's not referring to intersex infants, but "[both] males and females" could arise as twins, or through separate births. It'd be nice to have something to back this up though (I'm concerned about "lost in translation" issues). [Note that the linked website is at odds with the "transgender is not from birth" statement: "A trans man, though born with a reproductive system that is most commonly found in females, is not (and never has been) a woman; though he was labeled as a girl when he was young, that label was incorrect."] Aug 25 '16 at 0:42
  • Transman are male in their birth, But they want others to see him as a woman. They get comfortable when others see them as female, he want him as a female. He doesn't want him as female from the birth, his hormones changes as he grows, so he wants to be a female. So Transgender, Transmale or Transfemale, etc are not from birth.
    – Hell Hater
    Aug 25 '16 at 2:57

When we have transgender child in our society it does not mean that we through that child into the garbage or abanded them as how they are. Allah (Subhana A Talla) says in the Quran "surely I will test you with your health, wealth and whom you love" it means the test might be upon parents as well as on that child. It is Allah (Subhana A Talla) what he creates what he knows better. When Allah (Subhana A Talla) mention about the prophet Lut (SAW) in the Holy Quran it is clearly says that transgender should not have however it does not mean that they are course it means Allah (Subhana A Talla) testing "YOU" with your behavior and transgender child with their behavior, hence we all blessed with our Lord who has created everything for us so never thing that you are incomplete. In fact you are the most blessed one. Allah (Subhana A Talla) shows so many sign around you so open your eye and keep open your ear. So you can understand the each sign of Allah (Subhana A Talla)... When Allah (Subhana A Talla) testing you it something it means HE loves you among a billion of them of his creation.

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    The people of Lut are definitely not transgender!
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 19 '17 at 15:02

this aya is clear talking about transgenders person confirmed, by examens, be hermaphrodith khalki or hermaphrodith, and this include the real transgender confirmed and need do surgery. Not means about shemales

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