Sheikh Abdul-Majeed Subh responds to the question: "Can DNA be a sole proof to establish paternity?"

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Abdul Majeed Subh
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Sheikh Abdul-Majeed Subh responds to the question: "Can DNA be a sole proof to establish paternity?"
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I would like to stress that DNA as well as the hereditary print are no more than supporting evidences. In other words, they cannot be considered as independent legal evidences on their own.



Thus, if we are to consider DNA as an evidence that is supposed to establish paternity or prove a crime such as zina(adultery), then it must be supported by clear legal proofs such as witnesses or confession.