The Qur'an and Embryology All quotations are taken from Pickthal's translation unless otherwise indicated. 2:222 They question thee (O Muhammed) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanliness. 2:223 Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear Allah.... 2:233 Mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years (that is) for those who wish to complete the suckling.... 2:259 ....And that We may make thee a token for mankind, look at the bones, how We adjust them and then cover them with flesh! 3:59 Lo! The likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is. 4:56 Lo! Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment. Lo! Allah is ever mighty, wise. 7:172 And (remember) when thy Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their loins, their seed, and made them testify themselves, saying: Am I not you Lord? They said: Yea, verily. we testify. This was lest ye should say at the Day of Resurrection: Lo! of this we were unaware. 11:61 You have no other God save Him. He brought you forth from the earth and hath made you husband of it. 13:8 Allah knoweth that which every female beareth and that which the wombs absorb and that which they grow. And everything with Him is measured. 15:26 Verily we created man out of potter's clay of black mud altered. 15:28 And remember when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am creating a mortal out of potter's clay of black mud altered. 15:33 (Iblis) said: Why should I prostrate myself unto a mortal whom Thou hast created out of potter's clay of black mud altered? 16:4 He created man from a drop of fluid, yet, behold! he is an open opponent. 17:61 And when We said unto the angels: Fall down prostrate before Adam and they fell prostrate all save Iblis, He said: Shall I fall prostrate before that which Thou hast created of clay? 18:37 And his comrade (Abel?) while he disputed with him (Cain?) exclaimed: Disbelievest in Him Who created thee of dust, then of a drop (of seed), and then fashioned thee a man? 19:67 Doth not man remember that We created him before, when he was naught? 22:5 O mankind! If you are in any doubt concerning the Resurrection, then lo! We have created you from dust, then from a drop of seed, then from a clot, then from a little lump of flesh shapely and shapeless, that We may make it clear for you. And we cause what We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed time, and afterward we bring you forth as infants, then (give you growth) that ye attain your full strength. And among you is he who dieth (young), and among you is he who is brought back to the most abject time of life, so that after knowledge, he knoweth naught. And thou (Muhammed) seest the earth barren, but when We send down water thereon, it doth thrill and swell and put forth every lovely kind (of growth). 23:12 Verily we created man from a product of wet earth (loam). 23:13 Then placed him (as a drop of seed) in a safe lodging; 23:14 Then fashioned We the drop a clot, then fashioned We the clot a little lump, then fashioned We the little clot bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then produced it as another creature. So blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators! 25:54 And it is He who hath created man from water, and hath appointed from him kindred by blood and kindred by marriage; for thy Lord is ever powerful. 30:19 He bringeth forth the living from the dead, and He bringeth forth the dead from the living, and He reviveth the earth after her death. And even so will ye be brought forth. 30:20 And of His signs is this: He created you of dust, and behold you human beings, varying widely! 30:21 And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmates from yourselves that ye might find rest in them. 31:14 And We have enjoined upon man concerning his parents-his mother beareth him in weakness upon weakness and his weaning is in two years-Give thanks unto Me and unto thy parents. Unto Me is the journeying. 32:7 Who made all things good which He created, and He began the creation of man from clay, 32:8 Then He made his seed from a draught of despised fluid; 32:9 Then He fashioned him and breathed into him of His spirit: and appointed for you hearing and sight and hearts. Small thanks give ye! 33:4 Allah hath not assigned unto any man two hearts within his body.... 35:11 Allah created you from dust, then from a little fluid, then He made you pairs (male and female?). No female beareth or bringeth forth save with His knowledge. And no-one groweth old, nor is aught lessened of his life, but it is recorded in a Book. Lo! that is easy for Allah. 38:71 When thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to create a mortal out of mire 38:72 And when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down before him prostrate. 39:6 He created you from one being, then from that (being) He made its mate; and He hath provided for you of cattle eight kinds. He created you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation, in a threefold gloom. Such is Allah your Lord. There is no God save Him. How then are ye turned away? 40:67 He it is who created you from dust, then from a drop (of seed), then from a clot, then bringeth you forth as a child, then ordaineth full strength and afterward that ye become old men though some among you die before-and that ye reach an appointed term, that haply ye may understand. 46:15 And We have commended unto man kindness towards parents. His mother beareth him with reluctance, and bringeth him forth with reluctance, and the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months, till, when he attaineth full strength and reacheth forty years, he saith: My Lord! Arouse me that I may give thanks for the favour wherewith Thou hast favoured me and my parents, and that I may do right acceptable unto Thee.... 49:13 O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another.... 52:35 Or were they created out of naught? Or are they the creators? 52:36 Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they are sure of nothing! 53:45 And that he created the two spouses, the male and the female, 53:46 From a drop (of seed) when it is poured forth; 53:47 And that He hath ordained the second bringing forth. 56:58 Have ye seen that which ye emit? 56:59 Do you create it or are We the Creator? 64:3 He created the heavens and the earth with truth, and He shaped you and made good your shapes.... 71:14 When He created you by (divers) stages? 75:3 Thinketh man that We shall not assemble his bones? 75:4 Yea, verily. Yea, We are able to restore his very fingers. 75:37 Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? 75:38 Then he became a clot; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned: 75:39 And made of him a pair, the male and female. 76:2 Lo! We create man from a drop of thickened fluid to test him, so we make him hearing, knowing. 80:18 From what thing doth He create him? 80:19 From a drop of seed. He createth him and proportioneth him 80:20 Then makeh the way easy for him, 80:21 Then causeth him to die, and burieth him; 80:22 Then when He will, He bringeth him again to life. 82:7 Who created thee, then fashioned, then proportioned thee? 82:8 Into whatsoever form he will, He casteth thee. 86:5 So let man consider from what he is created. 86:6 He is created from a gushing fluid 86:7 That issued from between the loins and ribs. 95:4 Surely we created man out of the best stature 95:5 Then We reduced him to the lowest of the low 96:2 Who created man from a clot.
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