When a powerful heavenly creature, Satan, thought that he could be a god besides God, he provoked a Great feud among the heavenly creatures. The human beings were ignorant. They wanted to verify his baseless thoughts and thus, committed a grave mistake!

“Say, “Here is awesome news. That you are totally oblivious to. I had no knowledge previously, about the feud in the High Society.” (Quran 38:67-69)

“We have offered the responsibility to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it and were afraid of it. But the human being accepted it; he was transgressing, ignorant.” (Quran 33:72)

“Did I not covenant with you, O Children of Adam, that you shall not worship the devil? That he is your most ardent enemy? And that you shall worship Me alone? That is the right path.” (Quran 36:60-61)

God Almighty summoned all the souls of the human beings, including the prophets, the messengers, and the saints, prior to sending them to this world for the redemption of their sin!

“Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes, We bear witness.” Thus you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.” Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?” (Quran 7:172-173)

Merciful God created death and life to give all human beings a final chance to redeem their sin.

“How can you disbelieve in God when you were dead (before coming to this world) and He gave you life (in this world), then He puts you to death (in this world), then He brings you back to life (in the Hereafter), then to Him you ultimately return (in the Day of Resurrection) ?” (Quran 2:28)

“Yet, they set up beside Him gods who do not create anything-they themselves are created-and who possess no power to even harm or benefit themselves, nor do they possess any power to control life (in this world), or death(in this world), or resurrection (in the Hereafter).” (Quran 25:3)

Adam’s soul was chosen as the first human being for the redemption of his sin. The first human body was created from aged mud and Adam’s soul was assigned to it by Merciful God.

“Your Lord said to the angels, “I am creating a human being from aged mud, like the potter’s clay. Once I perfect him and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him.” (Quran 15:28-29)

The physical bodies of all the souls of the children of Adam are subsequently reproduced from the tiny drop.

“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.” (Quran 23:12-13)

“Your women are the bearers of your seed. Thus, you may enjoy this privilege however you like, so long as you maintain righteousness. You shall observe God, and know that you will meet Him. Give good news to the believers.” (Quran 2:223)

“Does the human being think that he will go to nothing? Was he not a drop of ejected semen? Then He (God) created an embryo out of it! He made it into male or female! Is He then unable to revive the dead ?” (Quran 75:36-40)

It takes a male sperm about ten hours to navigate the female productive track. Fertilization begins when it makes its way through a female egg. The fusion of the sperm and egg nuclei marks the creation of the zygote!

“And God made for you spouses from among yourselves, and produced for you from your spouses children and grandchildren, and provided you with good provisions. Should they believe in falsehood, and turn unappreciative of God’s blessings?” (Quran 16:72)

“…Have they found idols besides God who created creations similar to His creations, to the point of not distinguishing the two creations? Say, “God is the creator of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme.” (Quran 13:16)

The zygote, created by the fusion of the male sperm and female egg, begins to multiply which results in formation of a mulberry shaped morula. About four days after fertilization, the morula enters the uterine cavity. Cell division continues, and a cavity known as a blastocele forms in the center of the morula. With the appearance of the cavity in the center, the entire structure is now called a blastocyst. The presence of the blastocyst indicates that two cell types are forming – the embryo-blast (inner cell mass on the inside of the blastocele), and the trophoblast (the cells on the outside of the blastocele). The amniotic cavity and yolk sac arise within the inner cell mass. These are separated by the embryonic disk, which gives rise to the three germ layers that develop into the embryo proper. The blastocyst wall of the trophoblast gives rise to auxiliary structures. The zygote now enters the uterus and implantation occurs !

“O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turn into a hanging (embryo), that it becomes a fetus 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 infant, 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 at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants.” (Quran 22:5)

During implantation, the three germ layers of the embryonic disk give rise to the principal organ systems, and the embryo begins to show the human form !

“He is the One God; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise.” (Quran 59:24)

“With Him are the keys to all secrets; none knows them except He. He knows everything on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls without His knowledge. Nor is there a grain in the depth of the soil. Nor is there anything wet or dry, that is not recorded in a profound record.” (Quran 6:59)

The three germ layers of the embryonic disk are Endoderm, Mesoderm, and Ectoderm. The endoderm will form the lining of the lungs, tongue, tonsils, bladder, digestive tract, urethra, and associated glands. Mesodern will form the muscles, bones, lymphatic tissue, blood cells, heart, lungs, reproductive and excretory systems. The ectoderm will form the skin, nails, hair, lens of the eye, the lining of the internal and external ear, nose, sinuses, mouth, anus, tooth enamel, pituitary gland, and all parts of the nervous system. Finally, a human baby is born for the purpose as outlined in this verse of the Quran –

“The One who created death (before coming to this world) and life (in this world) for the purpose of distinguishing those among you who would do better. He is the Almighty, the Forgiving.” (Quran 67:2)

“Then we developed the drop into a hanging (embryo), then developed the hanging (embryo) into a bite-size (fetus), then created the bite-size (fetus) into bones, then covered the bones with flesh. We thus produce new creatures. Most blessed is God, the best Creator. Then, later on, you die. Then, on the Day of Resurrection, you will be resurrected.” (Quran 23:14-16)

“Initiator of the heavens and the earth. He created for you from among yourselves spouses – and also for the animals. He thus provides you with the means to multiply. There is nothing that equals Him. He is the Hearer, the Seer” (Quran 42:11)

The average length of time from conception to birth is 280 days, with a normal range of 259 days to 287 days. Infants born prior to the 259 days are classified as premature, and those born after 287 days are post-mature.

“We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him, and the load got heavier and heavier. It takes two years (of intensive care) until weaning. You shall be appreciative of Me, and of your parents. To Me is the ultimate destiny. If they try to force you to set up any idols beside Me, do not obey them. But continue to treat them amicably in this world. You shall follow only the path of those who have submitted to Me. Ultimately, you all return to Me, then I will inform you of everything you have done.” (Quran 31:14-15)

The Quran educates us to reflect on the creations of God so that we can reinforce our appreciation of the Merciful Lord.

“In the creation of the heavens and the earth, the alteration of night and day, the ships that roam the ocean for the benefit of the people, the water that God sends down from the sky to revive dead land and to spread in it all kinds of creatures, the manipulation of winds and the clouds that placed between the sky and the earth, there are sufficient proofs for people who understand.” (Quran 2:164)

“O people, here is a parable that you must ponder carefully: the idols you set up beside God can never create a fly, even if they banded together to do so. Furthermore, if the fly steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursuer and the pursued.” (Quran 22:73)

Sadly, majority of human beings are unappreciative of Merciful God! (Quran 2:243, 7:17, 10:60, 12:38, 27:73, 40:61

“He created you from one person (Adam). Subsequently, He gives every man a mate to find tranquility with her. She then carries a light load that she can hardly notice. As the load gets heavier, they implore God their Lord: “If You give us a good baby, we will be appreciative.” But when He gives them a good baby, they turn His gift into an idol that rivals Him. God be exalted, far above any partnership.” (Quran 7:189-190)

These are some of the many reminders of the Quran:

“O you who believe, do not be distracted by your money and your children from remembering God. Those who do this are the losers. You shall give from your provisions to you before death comes to you, then you say, “My Lord if only You could delay this for a short while! I would then be charitable and join the righteous!” God never delays the appointed time of death for any soul. God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.” (Quran 63:9-11)

[31:33] O people, you shall reverence your Lord, and fear a day when a father cannot help his own child, nor can a child help his father. Certainly, God’s promise is truth. Therefore, do not be distracted by this life; do not be distracted from GOD by mere illusions.

“We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him arduously, gave birth to him arduously, and took intimate care of him for thirty months. When he reaches maturity and reaches the age of forty, he should say, “My Lord, direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Let my children be righteous as well. I have repented to You; I am a submitter.” (Quran 46:15)

“GOD is the One who created you weak, then granted you after the weakness strength, then substituted after the strength weakness and gray hair. He creates whatever He wills. He is the Omniscient, the Omnipotent.” (Quran 30:54)

The majority of people will fail to take the final opportunity to worship God Alone and to redeem their sin. The majority of people will fail to uphold the covenant that was made with God before coming to this world!

“Most people, no matter what you do, will not believe. You are not asking them for any money; you simply deliver this reminder to all the people. So many proofs in the heavens and the earth are given to him, but they pass by them, heedlessly! The majority of those who believe in God do not do so without committing idol worship.” (Quran 12:103-106)

M. Irtaza