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As we are all descendants of Prophet Adam A.S., I understood the explanation of Hawa A.S. giving birth to various sets of twins of different race and thereafter the marrying of the males to females of a different set to produce various race. However, i then learned we are all descended from Prophet Nuh A.S and that all other lineages had perished (which is mentioned in this answer).

Question: If we are all descendants of Prophet Nuh A.S., why are we so many races?

  • @Kilise I have added the references into the body of the question. Hope this helps. – Zaheera Seedat Jun 25 '17 at 20:33
  • It would be important to note that Nuh and some of his descendants were saved from the flood so some of these descendants might have been different colour as the parents might have been different colours. So for example, Nuh had a son called Shem, and Shem might have had a wife who was a different colour and they had children who were a different colour, them the flood happened and they were saved so there might be different coloured people before the flood that were saved. – Armaan Jun 25 '17 at 21:40
  • @Armaan That moves the question to Adam and Hawa, where the problem remains the same. – G. Bach Jun 25 '17 at 23:13
  • If it moves to them, you could quote the hadith of Abû Mûsâ al-Ash`arî narrated in Tirmidhi and classed sahih by Albaani and Quran 30:22. – Armaan Jun 26 '17 at 6:38
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Islam is meant to be for spiritual well being and attainment. Some may call it closeness to God and others may call it something else. Some, not all, Muslims (actually religious people in general) think that religion has the answer to every question. However, that is not the case. It has answers to most questions, especially, questions related to spiritual well being: This includes social and judicial laws since they are needed for spiritual well being. But it does not have answers for all question and this question is one of them.

Answer to a question such as this will not be found in Quran or Hadith because it is outside the context of what Islam brings to this world. Therefore, for questions such as these, one should not depend on religion (Islam, Christianity, Judaism etc.) but depend on History, Science etc.

There are Muslims who would argue and say that Quran has answers to every question one can possibly have, and I am not disagreeing with them because they would point me to a verse such as this:

If you can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the Earth, then pass!

which they claim speaks of travelling to space. Now whether they are correct or not is beyond the argument here. What I am trying to say is that sure everything in this world ties to Quran (if you are a Muslim) or Bible (if you are Christian) in some way but it would be foolish if one was to look inside The Holy Quran, or Hadith or The Bible to try and find how binary arithmetic works.

In conclusion, you will have better luck and a more informed answer if you were to ask this question on another site.

  • Welcome to Islam.SE. Answers here should be elaborate, and focused on addressing the question. Claims should be supported by evidence. Please visit our tour in the help center, and refer to how to answer questions. I could not see how your answer addresses the question. – III-AK-III Jun 26 '17 at 2:48
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    I am not making any claims. I have read how to answer questions and if evidence is needed I provide it. This question cannot be answered any other way. – CodingYoshi Jun 26 '17 at 3:04

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