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Embryology and the Quran

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Step by step explanation of an embryo as mentioned in the Quran. Allah speaks about the stages of man’s embryonic development in surah Al-Mu’minun.

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Embryology and the Quran

  1. 1. Quran &EmbryologyStep by step explanation of an embryo mentioned in the Quran
  2. 2. 01Allah speaks about the stagesof man’s embryonicdevelopment
  3. 3. We created man from anextract of clay.  Then We madehim as a drop in a place ofsettlement, firmly fixed. Al-Quran 23:12-14
  4. 4. Then We made the drop intoan alaqah, then We made thealaqah into a mudghah... Al-Quran 23:12-14
  5. 5. 02What is themeaning of Alaqah?
  6. 6. Then We made the drop intoan alaqah, then We made thealaqah into a mudghah... Al-Quran 23:12-14
  7. 7. Then We made the drop into an alaqah, then We made the alaqah into a mudghah...In arabic word ‘alaqahhas 3 meanings: Al-Quran 23:12-14
  8. 8. 1 Leech
  9. 9. 2 Suspended thing
  10. 10. 3 Blood clot
  11. 11. 03Similarity leech and an embryo
  12. 12. We may find similaritycomparing a leech toan embryo
  13. 13. Cut edge of amnionForebrain Coudal eminence Heart
  14. 14. Also, the embryo at this stageobtains nourishment from theblood of the mother, similar tothe leech, which feeds on theblood of others.
  15. 15. 04Similarity suspended thingand an embryo
  16. 16. The second meaning ofthe word alaqah is 2“suspended thing.”
  17. 17. We can see the suspensionof the embryo, during thealaqah stage, in the womb(uterus) of the mother.
  18. 18. SuspensionEmbryo after 15 days Inside Uterus
  19. 19. Embryo size is 0.6mm
  20. 20. Estimate comparisonTen cents coin size is 17mm
  21. 21. 05Similarity of a blood clotand an embryo
  22. 22. We can find that the externalappearance of the embryo and itssacs during the alaqah stage issimilar to a blood clot.
  23. 23. Embryo’s Sacslarge amounts of blood
  24. 24. Diagram of the primitive cardiovascular system in an embryo during the alaqah stageImage courtesy from the book The Developing Human by Dr. Moore
  25. 25. This is due to the presence ofrelatively large amounts ofblood present in the embryoduring this stage.
  26. 26. So the three meanings of theword alaqah correspondaccurately to the descriptions ofthe embryo at the alaqah stage.
  27. 27. 06What is themeaning of Mudghah?
  28. 28. Then We made the drop intoan alaqah, then We made thealaqah into a mudghah... Al-Quran 23:12-14
  29. 29. Then We made the drop into an alaqah, then We made the alaqah into a mudghah...Arabic word mudghah means“chewed substance.” Al-Quran 23:12-14
  30. 30. Professor Keith L. Moore—Embryology professor said:“If one were to take apiece of gum and chew itin his or her mouth...
  31. 31. ...and then compare it with anembryo at the mudghah stage...
  32. 32. ...we would conclude that theembryo at the mudghah stageacquires the appearance of achewed substance.”
  33. 33. This is because of the somites atthe back of the embryo thatsomewhat resemble teethmarksin a chewed substance.
  34. 34. TeethmarkChewed bubble gum
  35. 35. SomitesPhotograph of an embryo at the mudghah stage—28 days old
  36. 36. Did you know? SomitesHamm andLeeuwenhoek werethe first scientistsPhotograph of an embryo at the mudghah stage—28 days old
  37. 37. Did you know? Somites...to observe humansperm cells using animproved microscopein 1677.Photograph of an embryo at the mudghah stage—28 days old
  38. 38. Did you know? SomitesIt is more than 1000 years afterQuran was sent to our ProphetPhotograph of an embryo at the mudghah stage—28 days old
  39. 39. 07Conclusion
  40. 40. All this knowledgeare discovered byour prophetMuhammad PBUH
  41. 41. 1400years ago
  42. 42. When scientists have onlyrecently discovered this usingadvanced equipment which didnot exist at that time.
  43. 43. Nothing but Knowledge www.syukran.com
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