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And if a man's discharge proceeded that of the woman, then the child resembles the father, and if the woman's discharge proceeded that of the man, then the child resembles the mother."

Okay, isn't the above hadith totally unscientific? Because we know that resemblance is actually implemented by DNAs and genes, not due to the fact who has orgasm first.

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The actual wordings in Arabic is

وَإِذَا سَبَقَ مَاءُ الرَّجُلِ مَاءَ الْمَرْأَةِ نَزَعَ الْوَلَدَ، وَإِذَا سَبَقَ مَاءُ الْمَرْأَةِ نَزَعَتْ

translation given in sunnah.com is

And if a man's discharge proceeded that of the woman, then the child resembles the father, and if the woman's discharge proceeded that of the man, then the child resembles the mother." https://sunnah.com/urn/41620

The word used for "proceeded" in Arabic is sabaq (سبق). It can also mean priority or precedence. Actually there is no mention of orgasm as mentioned in your question.

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Hans Wehr

We know if genes in father's sperm takes precedence over genes in mother's ovum than the child resembles father and vice versa. So there is nothing wrong in this hadith from a scientific view.

  • but man, the discharge of women has no role in determining anything. It's just there for the lubricant. – Abu Safwan Md farhan Dec 16 '18 at 17:50
  • Oh sorry, *lubricration – Abu Safwan Md farhan Dec 16 '18 at 17:50
  • in hadith it uses "ma'ul mar'a" which mean literally "fluid of woman". nothing to indicate that it is something discharged outside. Due to limited knowledge in the past earlier scholars may have interpreted it as discharge. – Abu Ziyad Dec 16 '18 at 17:59
  • I'm still not following because no fluid of woman has anything to do with genes or the resemblance of the child. It is only the genes contained within the egg (not a fluid) and sperm. I'm also not sure what you mean by "genes in father's sperm takes precedence over genes in mother's ovum"? Can you explain what you mean here? Referencing a description of genetics, heredity, and parent-child resemblance may be helpful here. – Alex Strasser Dec 16 '18 at 19:34
  • @AlexStrasser . Just to point out, all genes in cells are in solution so it is technically a fluid. – The Z Dec 17 '18 at 0:18

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