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Fetal Development in the Quran

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 by in Blog, Wellbeing | 0 comments


One of the main scientific miracles of the Qur’an is the way it describes a small baby growing inside its mother’s womb. Even though at the time when the Prophet (s) lived, people had no idea about how the baby grew inside its mother’s womb, the Qur’an gives a very detailed description of this.

The Qur’an says the baby grows under ‘three layers of darkness’. Scientists have confirmed that there are three layers covering the baby if we were to look from the outside: the mother’s abdominal muscles, the wall of the womb, and the membrane covering the baby.

The Qur’an says that the baby then looks like a leech. Scientists have confirmed that a week after the baby is in the womb it actually does look like a leech:


The next stage the Quran describes is that the baby looks like a chewed lump and this has also been confirmed by scientists:






















Then the Quran says that a baby’s bones are covered by flesh and this is also true. A skeleton formed of a young bone [made mainly of cartilage at 6-8 weeks] forms before recognisable muscle begins to wrap itself around this skeleton in a process called myogenesis:



Note how by just 7 weeks the young skeleton is beginning to form knee and ankle joints! (diagram 8 and 9).

Finally, the Quran states that the baby develops the ability to hear, see, and feel and scientists have confirmed that a baby gets those senses in that exact order!


Information taken from the Imam Husain Islamic School Syllabus.

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