According to the supposed authentic narrations attributed to Muhammad, a Jew asked him three questions to see whether he was a true prophet. The reports claim that the “angel Gabriel” came to him with the answers, which he obviously “received “from Allah:
When ‘Abdullah bin Salam heard the arrival of the Prophet at Medina, he came to him and said, “I am going to ask you about three things which nobody knows except a prophet: What is the first portent of the Hour? What will be the first meal taken by the people of Paradise? Why does a child resemble its father, and why does it resemble its maternal uncle?” Allah’s Apostle said, “Gabriel has just now told me of their answers.” ‘Abdullah said, “He (i.e. Gabriel), from amongst all the angels, is the enemy of the Jews.” Allah’s Apostle said, “The first portent of the Hour will be a fire that will bring together the people from the east to the west; the first meal of the people of Paradise will be Extra-lobe (caudate lobe) of fish-liver. As for the resemblance of the child to its parents: If a man has sexual intercourse with his wife and gets discharge first, the child will resemble the father, and if the woman gets discharge first, the child will resemble her.” On that ‘Abdullah bin Salam said, “I testify that you are the Apostle of Allah.”… (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 546 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=55&translator=1&start=0&number=546)
Notice carefully that according to the “angel Gabriel,” a child’s physical features are determined by which of the parents has an orgasm first!(1)
Other narratives have Muhammad actually stating that women also have semen/sperm like men do, and even go as far as to quote him describing the color and density of their sexual fluid:
It was narrated that Anas said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The man’s water is thick and white, and the woman’s water is thin and yellow. Whichever of them comes first, the child will resemble (that parent).’”
Grade: SAHIH (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 200
Arabic reference: Book 1, Hadith 201 (Sunan an-Nasa’i, The Book of Purification https://sunnah.com/urn/1002010; bold and underline emphasis ours)
It was narrated from Anas that: Umm Sulaim asked the Messenger of Allah about a woman who sees in her dream something like that which a man sees. The Messenger of Allah said: “If she sees that and has a discharge, then let her perform a bath.” Umm Salamah said: “O Messenger of Allah, does that really happen?” He said: “Yes, the water of the man is thick and white and the water of a woman is thin and yellow. Whichever of them comes first or predominates, the child will resemble (that parent).”
Grade: SAHIH (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 601
Arabic reference: Book 1, Hadith 64 (Sunan Ibn Majah, The Book of Ablution and Its Sunnah https://sunnah.com/urn/1256000; bold and underline emphasis ours)
There you have it folks. Even though science tells us that women do not have sperm like men do, and that a child’s physical features have nothing to do with which parent climaxes first, Allah and his messenger actually believed otherwise.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Islamic genetics and human sexuality!
Islamic Genetics (https://answeringislam.net/authors/shamoun/resemblance_question.html)
Jamal Badawi’s Misinformation and Misquotations Part 5 (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/badawi_lies5.htm)
(1) Apparently, this is another instance of Muhammad “borrowing” (i.e., plagiarizing) from the Jews whom he came into contact with, since these scientific blunders concerning a woman having semen, and that a child’s physical characteristics are determined by which parent is the first to climax, are found in the Babylonian Talmud:
- Isaac citing R. Ammi54stated: If the woman emits her semen first she bears a male child; if the man emits his semen first she bears a female child; for it is said, If a woman emits semen55 and bear a man-child.56
Our Rabbis taught: At first it used to be said that ‘if the woman emits her semen first she will bear a male, and if the man emits his semen first she will bear a female’, but the Sages did not explain the reason, until R. Zadok came and explained it: These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore unto Jacob in Paddan-aram, with his daughter Dinah,57 Scripture thus ascribes the males to the females58 and the females to the males.59 (The Talmud – Niddah (The Menstruant), Nidah 31a, pp. 145-146 https://www.halakhah.com/pdf/taharoth/Nidah.pdf)
Muhammad obviously parroted what he had heard from the Jews in order to convince them that he too was a prophet like the true prophets sent to Israel. Little did he realize that by adopting the myths and scientific errors of the Jews, and the other groups whom he had interactions with, Muhammad would end up providing irrefutable proofs that he was nothing more than a false prophet and an antichrist.