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Embryology In Islam

The word ‘embryo’ is Greek for ‘that which grows’. After fertilization of an egg with a sperm the outcome is a cell called a zygote which contains half of the DNA from each parent. This cell divides and is called an embryo and after about two months is called a foetus.

Chapter 23, verses 12-16
We created the human being from a certain kind of mud. Subsequently, we reproduced him from a tiny drop that is placed into a well-protected repository. Then we developed the drop (zygote) into a hanging (embryo), then developed the hanging into a bite-size (foetus), then created the bite-size into bones, then covered the bones with flesh. Most blessed is God, the best Creator. Then later you die. Then on the Day of Resurrection you will be resurrected.

God recreates the human being over and over again until all the souls have served their time on Earth. The earthly vessel, we are given to live in for a set period of time, eventually dies and it is returned to the earth. Every soul has a fixed sentence to serve on Earth in its given body and everyone has predestined time for when they are going to die. The soul then returns to God.

Chapter 32, verses 7 – 9
He is the One who perfected everything He created, and started the creation of human from clay. Then He continued his reproduction through a certain lowly liquid. He shaped him and blew into him from His spirit. And He gave you the hearing, the eyesight and the brains; rarely are you thankful.

The ‘lowly liquid’ that God refers to is sperm. The egg is the ‘well protected repository’ or storehouse inside the womb. The invading sperm determines the sex of the child whereby continuing the reproductive process. The female or the egg never determines the sex of a child. It is down to the male and the strongest sperm to penetrate the egg, and the will of God. The sex of every child born is decided by God and not every woman on earth is destined to bear a child.

Chapter 43, verses 49-50
To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He wills, granting daughters to whomever He wills, and granting sons to whomever He wills. Or He may have the males and the females marry each other then, render whomever He wills sterile. He is Omniscient, Omnipotent.

We are usually born into this world after nine months in a womb full of water. We arrive in the world totally helpless and dependent on other human beings. Some of us are never born and die in the womb. Some of us only live for a very short time but most of us live until old age.

Chapter 22, verse 5
O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, we created you from dust, and subsequently a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging, then becomes a foetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period. We then bring you out as infants and then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look to the land that is dead and then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants.

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