Q. My name is Javed , and I am a student – I would like to ask an question. At one place the Holy Qur’an states that… ‘man is created from sperm’ which is in conciliate with modern science but at another place it also states that… ‘man is made from dust’. Now isn’t the Holy Qur’an contradicting itself ? – Or is it conciliate with modern Science?

A. (Dr. Zakir):  The brother has posed a question that, at one place Holy Qur’an says that ‘human beings have been created from sperm’ which conciliates with modern science – the other place… ‘human being is created from dust’. Can you prove it scientifically – ‘it is created from dust?’ And isn’t there a contradiction – one place… ‘sperm’ – one place it says… ‘dust?’ The Holy Qur’an does say as I mentioned in my talk, in Surah Qiyamah, Ch.75, V. No. 37 to 39. It says that… ‘human beings have been created from sperm’ which has been proved by Science. The Holy Qur’an also says in Surah Hajj, Ch. No. 22, V. No. 5, that… ‘We have created the human beings from a quintessence of dust’. Today Science tells us that all the elements that are there in the human body – they are present in lesser or greater quantity, in the soil in the earth. So the statement that human beings have been created from earth is scientifically proven. That whatever components are there in the human body – the constituent, the elements – they are present in the Earth, in the soil, in lesser or greater proportion. Your second part of the question. Isn’t it a contradiction? One place  the Qur’an says… ‘Man is created from sperm’ – one says… ‘from dust’ – Isn’t it a contradiction? See, a contradiction is two statements which are conflicting with each other, which cannot take place simultaneously. The Qur’an does not only say… ‘Man has been created from sperm’… and the other place… ‘from dust’- it also says in Surah Furqaan, Ch. No. 25, V. No. 54, that… ‘Man has been created from water’. You will tell me there are three contradictions. See, Science has proved that man has been created from dust, as well as from sperm, as well as from water. If I tell you in one statement, that to make a cup of tea, I require water.  In the second statement, I say to make a cup of tea I require tea leaves or tea powder. It is not  a contradiction – I require both.  If I want to make sweet tea, I add sugar to it – If I want to make ‘Pani kum’ tea, I add less  water and more milk. If I want to make ‘Sulaimani’ tea I add only water. So there is no contradiction when the Qur’an says… ‘Human being is created from sperm and  dust and  water’. It is actually  contradistinction – What’s the meaning of contradistinction? Contradistinction means, speaking  two or more things about a subject, which are not conflicting with each other. For example, if I say that… ‘this man – he is honest, he is kind and loving’- It is contradistinction. But if I say… ‘this man is always a liar and a truthful person’- then it is a contradiction, because both are opposing. If it is not opposing, it is called as a contradistinction.

2 thoughts on “Q. My name is Javed , and I am a student – I would like to ask an question. At one place the Holy Qur’an states that… ‘man is created from sperm’ which is in conciliate with modern science but at another place it also states that… ‘man is made from dust’. Now isn’t the Holy Qur’an contradicting itself ? – Or is it conciliate with modern Science?

    • when verse 8:65 was revealed, it became difficult for the muslims, when Allah commanded that one muslim is required to endure 10 idolators. Soon after, this matter was made easy

      (Now Allah has lightened your (task))…(they shall overcome two hundred…)

      Allah lowered the number of adversaries that muslims are required to endure, and thus, made the required patience less, compatible to the decrease in numbers.”

      Al-Bukhari recorder a similar narration from Ibn Al-Mubarak. Muhammad bin Ishaq recorder that Ibn Abbas said, “When this Ayah was revealed, it was difficult for the muslims, for they thought it was burdensome since twenty should fight two hundered, and a hundred should fight against a thousand. Allah subhanwatala made this ruling easy for them and updated this aayah with another aayah.

      (Now Allah has lightened your (task) , for he knows there is weakness in you…)

      Thereafter, if Muslims were half as many as their enemy, they were not allowed to run away from them. If the Muslims were fewer than that they were not obliged to fight the disbelievers and thus allowed to avoid hostilities.”

      source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir

      Allah says in quran
      “Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction.” [4:82] …

      thus inferring that there is not a single contradiction in the quran, alhumdulilah

      hope that answers your question.

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