Origins of Life

Different origins of life and humanity according to Qur’an:

11:61 produced from the earth
15:26ff, 17:61, 32:7 from clay
19:67 out of nothing
23:12 from a product of wet earth
25:54 from water
3:59, 30:20, 35:11 from dust
30:19 from the dead
39:6 from a single person

Non-Muslims confuse various aspects of these verses, perhaps on purpose, and present them as contradictions. Clay is formed when the wind blows and deposits dust which turns into clay in riverbeds. Clay is a mixture of dust and water, its two basic components. What was this “clay” that God used, we do not know. Perhaps it was a mixture of some chemicals that looked like clay. To explain in simple terms and without a well-developed scientific vocabulary at the time, Quran explained things in a way that people in the 7th century could understand. Therefore, verses 15:26, 17:61, 32:7, 23:12, 3:59, 30:20, 35:11 and 25:54 basically talk about a process where a dust-like substance was mixed with water to form a substance which could be molded like clay to form a figure or a body. The “clay” here was formed from both “dust” and “water”. When ‘C’ is derived from ‘A’ and “B”, it can be said that ‘C’ came from A or that ‘C’ came from ‘B’. For example, a person’s mother can claim that he came through her, and she would be correct. It is understood that the father had something to do with it too.

The verse 19:67 points to another fact. We all know that at one time we were not in this world. We were nothing, and then suddenly we appeared as living, thinking individuals. So the statement is correct.

Verse 30.19 says that essentially we were created from inanimate, ‘dead’ matter, which was given life. This is not in contradiction to verses quoted above.

Lastly, verse 39:6 says that we were created from a single person. This is ‘after’ the creation of Adam who was this single person from whom we all came from. After the creation of Adam & Eve, who could reproduce, it was not necessary to create every single human being from clay.

All the verses you have quoted above are true. Reality is made up of a multitude of facts, not one simple fact. For example, I can say that a person is Robert, and Robert is a man. And both statements will be true.


6 thoughts on “Origins of Life

  1. Herman December 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    We were created “out of nothing”? The author needs to read Shakespeare: “Nothing will come of nothing.”
    And of course, nothing does not equal, say, water.
    Let me, if I may, provide my own explanation why Muhammad stated that we were created from a wide variety of completely different things. Muhammad, being human, simply forgot what he told his followers earlier about the initial origin. A true god, of course, would have been completely consistent.
    The author makes clear that because of Islam, he is incapable of believing in human evolution, for the concept of all humans derived from a single one (Adam) is wholly unscientific. Recall that the hadiths record Muhammad claiming that Adam was a whopping 60 cubits tall, and the poor Muslims choose to believe this, for they have surrendered their brains to Muhammad.

  2. sincereadvisor December 19, 2013 at 3:29 am Reply

    So how did the universe start out of nothing? What was there before there was something?

    Your assertion is so ludicrous. Since Quranic verses are read in the five daily prayers, and these verses are repeated over and over again, it is just foolish of you to think that Prophet Muhammad would not have caught that and “abrogated” some of these verses, as you alleged in your other post! The fact of the matter is that these verses are all true on many different levels!

    As far as the question of whether we are descended from one pair or not, I do not think there has been a definitive answer on that. Some scientists have narrowed the ancestors to a group of few thousand people. Others speak of “the scientific Eve,” I suggest that you see this National Geographic documentary:

  3. Herman December 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    You seem to regard Muhammad as an intelligent man, incapable of forgetting what he said earlier. But many would disagree. As the hadiths record, Muhammad was SO VERY DUMB that he ate poisoned food prepared by a Khaibar Jewess. Now if you have just killed off a women’s male relatives and told her that henceforth she is a slave, would you EAT THE FOOD THAT SHE PREPARES FOR YOU? And note that tellingly Muhammad’s god Allah did not give him a “revelation” about the food being poisoned, “The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, ‘O ‘Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.'” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 713).
    Moreover, you are advised to read about one scribe called Abdullah Ibn Sa’d Ibn Abi Sarh who used to CHANGE ALLAH’S WORDS, seemingly with Muhammad’s approval (although perhaps at times without his knowledge).

  4. sincereadvisor December 20, 2013 at 4:20 am Reply

    You say this because you are ignorant of the way Muslims say their prayers. As I stated earlier, Surahs of Quran are read in the five daily prayers and in Ramadan, the entire Quran is read during the nightly prayers. So, let’s say that the Prophet received the revelation and recited it in the next daily prayer. This was then memorized by his followers. Now if he had read it differently the next time, he would have lost all his followers! Critics would have claimed that he doesn’t know what he’s reciting. So, you see, how foolish your assertion is?

    Quran was not a book in the beginning. It was to be RECITED. It means “recitation.” And it was memorized by hundreds of people once it was revealed. In every prayer, the Prophet recited it the same way it was revealed the first time without any change whatsoever.

    About Ibn Sarh, the web site Islamic Awareness has done an excellent job exposing this myth. Please read:

  5. Herman December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    You write that “if he read it differently the next time, he would have lost all his followers!”
    You make the mistake of assuming that the muslim fanatics were always guided by rationality.
    Like you, these muslim fanatics had already surrendered so much to follow Muhammad. So if Muhammad tells them that humanity was created out of nothing, but also tells them that humanity was created out of clay, they will try to rationalize it. Just like you do.
    What is happening here is that Muhammad continually changes that which initially created humanity. But tellingly, HE DID IN FACT LOSE SOME FOLLOWERS WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, RIGHT?
    And it’s not just Islam where religious zealots surrender their reasoning capacity. The Mormons do the same thing in order to continue believing Joseph Smith.

    • sincereadvisor December 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply

      The mistake you are making is that you are assuming that you are very intelligent, and the followers of Prophet Muhammad were dumb fanatics who followed him like robots.  Nothing is further from the truth.  Your mentality is the result of 1400-year-old anti-Islam Western propaganda which is based in ignorance, religious hatred or extreme cultural prejudice.  I suggest that you drink a glass of water, calm down, and rationalize your bigotry J Even if Prophet Muhammad lost some followers, so what? Where does it say that to be right you must win over every single person?


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