THE CREATION OF HUMAN BEINGS FROM WATER
Allah created every [living] creature from water.
Some of them go on their bellies, some of them on two legs, and
some on four. Allah creates whatever He wills. Allah has power
over all things. (Qur'an, 24:45)
Do those who disbelieve not see that the heavens
and the earth were sewn together and then We unstitched them and
that We made from water every living thing? So will they not believe?
And it is He Who created human beings from water
and then gave them relations by blood and marriage. Your Lord
is All-Powerful. (Qur'an, 25:54)
When we look at the verses concerned with the creation of human
beings and living things, we clearly see evidence of a miracle.
One such miracle is of the creation of living things from water.
It was only possible for people to come by that information, clearly
expressed in those verses, hundreds of years afterwards with the
invention of the microscope.
All life forms need water in order to survive.
Animals in dry regions, therefore, have been created with
mechanisms to protect their metabolisms from water loss
and to ensure maximum benefit from water use. If water loss
takes place in the body for any reason, and if that loss
is not made good, death will result in a few days. The famous
17th century scientist Jan Baptista van Helmont discovered
in 1640s that water in the soil was the most important element
of plant development.
The words "Water is the main component of organic matter. 50-90%
of the weight of living things consists of water" appear regularly
in encyclopaedias. Furthermore, 80% of the cytoplasm (basic cell
material) of a standard animal cell is described as water in biology
textbooks. The analysis of cytoplasm and its appearance in textbooks
took place hundreds of years after the revelation of the Qur'an.
It is therefore impossible for this fact, now accepted by the scientific
community, to have been known at the time the Qur'an was revealed.
Yet, attention was drawn to it in the Qur'an 1,400 years before