CREATION FROM CLAY

In the Qur'an, Allah reveals that the creation of the human is a miracle. The first human being was created by Allah shaping clay into human form and breathing a soul into it:

Your Lord said to the angels, "I am going to create a human being out of clay. When I have formed him and breathed My Spirit into him, fall down in prostration to him!" (Qur'an, 38:71-72)

Then inquire of them: Is it they who are stronger in structure or other things We have created? We created them from sticky clay. (Qur'an, 37:11)

When the human body is examined today, it may be discovered that many elements present on the earth are also to be found in the body. Living tissues contain 95% carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur, with a total of 26 different elements.91 In another verse of the Qur'an we are told:

We created man from an extract of clay. (Qur'an, 23:12)

The Arabic word "sulala," translated as "extract" in the verse, means "representative example, essence." As we have seen, the information revealed in the Qur'an 1,400 years ago confirms what modern science tells us-the fact that the same elements are employed in human creation as those found in the soil.

Below is a diagram showing the distribution of the elements in a 70-kilo human being.

Element
Symbol
Main Function
%
Weight
Macro-minerals Gram

Oxygen

Carbon
Hydrogen
Nitrogen
Calcium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sulfur
Chlorine
Sodium
Magnesium
Silicon

O

C
H
N
Ca
P
K
S
Cl
Na
Mg
Si

Respiration of cells/tissues, a component of water
Organic structure
Component of water/tissue
Component of protein/tissue
Bones and teeth
Bones and teeth
Intracellular electrolyte
Amino acids (hair and skin)
An electrolyte when in the form of chloride
Intracellular electrolyte
Electrolyte of metabolism
Connective tissue/bone
65.0

18.5
9.5
3.3
1.5
1.0
0.35
0.25
0.15
0.15
0.05
0.05

43,000

12,000
6,300
2,000
1,100
750
225
150
100
90
35
30

Macro-minerals % Miligram

Iron
Zinc

Copper
Boron
Cobalt
Vanadium
Iodine
Selenium
Manganese
Molybdenum
Chromium

Fe
Zn

Cu
B
Co
V
I
Se
Mn
Mo
Cr

Carrier of hemoglobin/oxygen
Content of enyzme/DNA synthesis, immunity support
Enzyme cofactor
Bone structure
Essence of B12 vitamin
Fat metabolism
Thyroid hormone
Enzyme, antioxidant, immunity support
Metallic enzymes
Enzyme cofactor
Glucose-tolerant facto

0.01
0.01

0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.01

4,200
2,400

90
68
20
20
15
15
13
8
6

91. Kevin Griffin, “The Elemental Composition of Life,” www.ldeo.columbia.edu/dees/ees/life/lectures/lect21.html.