14- Then We developed the drop into a hanging, then
developed the hanging into a chewed lump of flesh.
23-The Believers, 14
The Quran continues displaying its miracles in its
description of “alaq” succeeded by the “mudga”
(chewed lump of flesh)
stage. As a matter of fact,
the embryo in the uterus
has the appearance of a
chewed lump of flesh, a tiny
piece of flesh. Sura 22-The
Pilgrimage, verse 5, speaks
“of chewed lump of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed,”
which is a good description of the aspect of the fetus. The aspect presented to our sight is of an indented figure whose head, feet and internal organs have begun to develop (partly formed, partly unformed).
Prof. Keith L. Moore says that he had a model made in plastic in
the shape of an embryo and bit on it, leaving the marks of his teeth;
this seemed to be an exact reproduction of an embryo, and explained
the indentation referred to in the Quran.
ADVENTURE OF THE CHEWED LUMP OF FLESH
A single cell undergoes many stages in forming the various organs and
tissues of the body. A chewed lump of flesh at one stage, it is transformed into organs, muscles, skeleton, brain, eyes and ears, until in
time man finally emerges. To review all the stages of this development
renders our awe still greater at the presence of God’s artistry.
There is a time when the lump turns into a heart, a heart that beats
100,000 times a day without our being aware of it and without any
conscious contribution on our part. Blood that comes to the heart and
leaves it does not get mixed together. Blood is distributed in the body
in perfect proportions. The ventricles and atriums of the heart are
wonders of creation. The organized movement of blood within the
arteries and veins presents matchless complexity and would take pages
The day comes when this “chewed lump of flesh” is transformed
into a liver, the organ that assumes more than 400 functions. This tiny
lump becomes muscles to help us in our numerous movements like
eating, running, walking, sitting and laughing. The muscles function
within the framework of an extremely complex net of coordination.
Merely smiling requires the coordinated functioning of 17 muscles.
Our brains, hands, feet, intestines, kidneys, respiratory systems and
the blood circulating in our veins and arteries owe their origins to this
tiny lump of flesh, once a drop of liquid. The story of our creation
would take up a whole encyclopedia. The Quran invites us to study
these phenomena and meditate upon them. The prayer and ritual
enjoined to man in the Quran have been a topic of long discussion.
The verses that refer to ratiocination and meditation, which, although
superior in number to those of the rituals, have received less attention.
6- O human beings! What has seduced you from your Lord,
7- The One who created you, designed you in due proportion, and disposed you aright.
8- In whatever design He chose, He constructed you.
82-The Shattering, 6-8