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then created the chewed lump of flesh... -14
(mudga) into bones, then covered the bones
...(with flesh (lahm
The Believers, 14-23

Look further at the bones, how We -259

construct them and then cover with flesh
The Cow, 259-2
The embryo is a boneless lump. Its cartilage
tissue is transformed into bones in due time, as
stated in the Quran, followed by their being
clothed in muscular flesh. The Arabic word
“lahm” means the muscular flesh. This process
was unknown 1400 years ago. It was believed
that the bones and muscles developed
simultaneously. Advanced microscopes and
micro cameras introduced into the uterus
corroborated once again the truth expressed in
.the Quran
The verse quoted from the sura The Cow
draws our attention to the skeleton and invites
us to examine it closely. While reading this
verse, we will try to meditate upon the
miraculous formations within our bodies. Our
skeletons, marvels of engineering, are formed
of 206 bones of varying sizes. They are towers
made of bones connected with each other by
joints and ligaments, enabling us to jump, run,
bend, sit, etc. To turn the page of a book
necessitates the concurrent action of our
shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers, without our
being aware of the fact that it is the skeleton
.that performs this act

The skeletal system is made up of structures

composed of bones or cartilage or a
combination of the two, which provide a
framework for the vertebrate body and serve
as attachment for muscles. Every part of this
system independently performs the duty with
which it has been charged. Where the
movement is deemed to involve danger, the
joints are fixed, like in the skull and pelvis,
while in the hips or shoulders they are mobile.
Cervical vertebrae permit the head to revolve
around its axis up to 180 degrees. Thus, one
does not have to turn his body to look around.
The lungs and heart are protected by ribs to
ensure their proper and safe functioning
without being exposed to any hazard. The
skeletal system supports the body like the
columns and beams of a building. However, it
is to be wondered at that while in modern
buildings the frame forms 60-70% of the
building’s weight, the human skeleton forms
but 15% of the body weight. The structural
frame is highly resistant. For instance the
thighbone (the femur) in vertical position can
carry a weight of one ton. Solidity and
.elasticity coexist

The skeleton has a lubricating system, the

details of which the present book can hardly
touch. Every joint in our bodies is regularly
lubricated with special oily substances. Verse
259 of the sura The Cow, “Look further at the
bones,” directs our attention to these data that
form but a small portion of man’s marvelous

Verily, We created the human from a drop -2

of liquid mixture in order to try him. Thus We
.made him a hearer and a seer
The Human, 2-76
How marvelous it is to think that a day will
come when a mixture called semen will be
able to hear, see, laugh, weep, think,
understand; and artistic works may be created
by him endowed with aesthetic feelings. What
!a great gift for a man

While the Quran says that there will be a day

when a drop of a mixture will be able to hear
and see, maybe it implies the fact that seeing is
to succeed hearing. In many verses we
frequently come across “hearing and seeing.”
In all these verses hearing comes first and
seeing second. By the 23rd week of pregnancy
the development of the ear is completed while
the retina is still undeveloped even in the 25th
week. The fact that the verse mentions hearing
first and the organ of vision afterward may be
.an allusion to this fact

God knows what every female bears, and -8

how much the womb falls short or exceeds.
.Everything He does is perfectly measured
The Thunder, 8-13