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amrahjenne
12-01-2007, 10:58 PM
Assalamu alaikum,

Below is some information on intersexed phenomenon that Shaykh Yaser asked me research and post on this forum. This information is available if someone really wants to have an understanding of this medical condition. There were a few famous people that had the condition and led productive lives by dunya standards and who were not immoral or perverted. This is a medical condition and should not be confused with choices of the nafs which lead to perversion like the People of Lut.

It is interesting that the present thinking in treatment of this condition is moving toward the legal rulings in Islam. In Islam the decision of sexual designation is made after puberty when the actual needs - physical, endocrinological, and emotional - can be met and evaluated. In Islam once the sex is assigned then the individual could marry as long as they avise the potential partner of the health issues especially emotional and sterility issues.

As far as I can see the existence of this condition only puts another nail in the coffin of any arguments that homosexuals may make with regards to their normalcy and connection to the human race because they were "born that way."

This condition should also makes us very grateful to Allah for our health and normalcy.

Assalamu Alaikum.



Hermaphrodite
Wed Mar 07 2001
Having a-typical sex characteristics.

1 in 300 humans are niether male or female, but have characteristics between male and female.

The word Hermaphrodite is deprecated now due to incorrect assumptions of the anatomy being the same as its namesake, the mythical god/goddess combination of Hermes and Aphrodite, having complete sets of both characteristics. This is impossible due the action of Mullerian-Inhibiting Hormone produced by the Y chromosome, although producers of hermaphroditic pornography would have you believe otherwise. The new term Intersex ( Intersexed, Intersexual ) is used now to get away from this misconception.

Intersex conditions can show up at birth (having unusual genitalia) or at puberty when unusual development occurs.

Children are normally operated on to make them conform to societal standards of male or female. Whilst doctors and surgeons beleive this is the correct thing to do, more and more intersexed people are coming forward with evidence that in the majority of cases this does immense psychological, medical, and sexual damage. Whilst the practice is continuing, most doctors are now open to the possibility that this may be wrong, although a hardcore of surgeons still persist in their view that it is best so the child doesnt get bullied in the changing rooms at school. Studies are underway by many of the large medical councils across the world to do some follow up reports and find out

Unfortunately information on a hermaphrodites medical history is usually withheld from the individual as doctors beleive it would cause psychological harm. This makes it difficult to study the overall outcomes of hermaphrodites, as the only ones who know are the ones who have either had severe medical problems, or those who have happenned upon information on the internet and fought for access to a re-diagnosis and/or access to their medical records.

Several campaign and support groups have been formed to stop medical intervention on intersexed infants for societal reasons. One such group is the ISNA.