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Conformity between Embryology and Prophetic Hadith

An embryo in the beginning of week 6

Source : Nabulsi.com / 25 Apr 2014

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations, and Peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, the faithful and the honest.

Oh, Allah, we know nothing but what You teach us. You are the All- Knower, the Wise. Oh Allah, teach us what is good for us, and benefit us from what You taught us, and increase our knowledge. Show us the righteous things as righteous and help us to do them, and show us the bad things as bad and help us to keep away from them.

O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Your Vicinity.

A new branch of medical science, embryology, which studies development of the embryo in the mother’s womb, has advanced greatly in the last few years. Now, it has become possible for embryologists and specialists to picture the embryo inside its mother’s womb and trace the different stages of its growth. There are pictures of embryos in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth weeks of growth. But what concerns us here is the picture of the embryo at the beginning of its sixth week of growth in its mother’s womb. What can we see?

We can see the nose fused with the mouth and eye. The hand looks like a tiny oar, and the head looks fused with the body. This is how the embryo looks at the beginning of the sixth week of growth. But as soon as the sixth week is over, the head stems off the body, features of the eyes show clearly, and so do features of the nose, mouth, arms, and legs. This is how the embryo looks at the end of the sixth week of growth. If we multiply six (the number of weeks) by seven (the number of the days of each week), we get the number (42), which represents the age of the embryo in days after its sixth week of growth.

In this context, Ibn Mas’oud, the venerable Companion, quoted Allah’s Messenger, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as saying, 

“When the semen (i.e. fertilized ovule) is forty-two days old, Allah’s sends to it an angel that gives it its (due) form, makes its hearing, sight, skin, flesh, and bones. Then, it (the angel) says, ‘O Lord! A male or a female?’ Your Lord decrees what He pleases; and the angel writes down (what the Lord decrees). Then, it (the angel) says, ‘O Lord! (What about) its age?’ Your Lord decrees what He pleases; and the angel writes down (what the Lord decrees). Then, it (the angel) says, ‘O Lord! (What about) its sustenance?’ Your Lord decrees what He pleases; and the angel writes down (what the Lord decrees). Then, the angel comes out with the Scroll in its (the angel’s) hand, adding nothing (to the Scroll) and omitting nothing (from it).”

[Muslim (2645), At-Tabarani in Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabeer (3044), and Al-Baihaqi in As-Sunan Al-Kubra (15201)]

Notice the obvious conformity between the above-mentioned authentic Prophetic Hadith and the modern science of embryology, particularly pictures of the embryo at the end of its sixth week of growth in its mother’s womb. In this context, Allah, All-Mighty, says, 

“Nor does he (Muhammad) speak out of (his own) desire. It is indeed a Revelation revealed.” [LIII; 3,4]

 

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