Marvels of GOD
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tion of the human embryo in the Quran could not have been fully detailed by a living man at the time of Muhammad, as the study would have required powerful microscopes that scientists have only possessed for a few decades.
It takes just one sperm to fertilize an egg and achieve a pregnancy, but for each sperm that reaches and fertilizes an egg, there are millions that don't. The average ejaculation contains close to 100 million sperm; according to the World Health Organization.
[22:5] O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging (embryo), then it becomes a fetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period. We then bring you out as infants, then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants.
Edmund Beecher Wilson and Nettie Stevens are credited with discovering, in 1905, the chromosomal XY sex-determination system; the fact that males have XY sex chromosomes and females have XX sex chromosomes.
The first clues to the existence of a factor that determines the development of testis in mammalians came from experiments carried out by Alfred Jost, who castrated embryonic rabbits in utero and noticed that they all developed as female. In the wake of Jost's experiments, C. E. Ford and his team discovered that the Y chromosome was needed for a fetus to develop as male. All these observations lead to a consensus that a dominant gene that determines testis development (TDF) must exist on the mammalian chromosome Y.
The search for a testis-determining factor (TDF) led a team of scientists in 1990 to discover a region of the Y chromosome that is necessary for the male sex determination, which was named SRY (Sex-
determining Region of the Y-chromosome).
[53:45-6] He is the One who created the two kinds, male and female―from a tiny drop of semen.
[75:37-9] Was he not a drop of ejected semen? Then He created an embryo out of it! He made it into male or female!
This proves that the sex determination of the child depends upon the chromosomes of the father. A recently-discovered fact, mentioned centuries ago in the Quran.
Physiology: Nociceptors were discovered by Charles Scott Sherrington in 1906. In earlier centuries, scientists believed that animals were like mechanical devices that transformed the energy of sensory stimuli into motor responses. Sherrington used many different styles of experiments to demonstrate that different types of stimulation to a nerve's receptive field led to different responses. Some intense stimuli trigger reflex withdrawal, autonomic responses and pain. The specific receptors for these intense stimuli were called nociceptors.
In mammals, nociceptors are sensory neurons that are found in any area of the body that can sense pain either externally or internally. External examples are in tissues such as skin, cornea and mucosa. Internal nociceptors are in a variety of organs, such as the muscle, joint, bladder, gut and continuing along the digestive tract.
[4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
The above mentioned verse clarifies that our skins have very sensitive pain receptors. Hence God has mentioned about changing the new skins as soon as their old skins are burnt in the Hellfire.
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[45:3-4] The heavens and the earth are full of proofs for the believers. Also in your creation, and the creation of all the animals, there are proofs for people who are certain.
Letter from Prisoner
I would like to thank you for your time and corresponding to my letter. Also thank you for the Quran—Allahu Akbar. I have lost my trial and was sentenced to serve 27 years. I am 32 years old and a father of 3 with a fourth child on the way (inshallah). My fiancé has left me and also many family and friends. But even tho this is a devastating time for me, I feel at peace and I am not stressed. The Submitters Perspective is an awesome bulletin and the Quran gives me a feeling of uplifting and steadfast will. I used to find this feeling of superior satisfaction with money, selling drugs, clothes, cars, women, and the praise of my associates. Little did I know how much I was really taking away from my own soul and what would be the end result of where I would have to spend eternity. Through the grace of the Most Merciful, He has shown me this trial in my life is really a test. He wants to guide me to overcome this worldly life. Submitters Perspective helped me to realize this also. Alhamdulillah.
I have two appeals. I believe I will be released when Allah knows I’m ready, not when the judge in this courtroom does. Masjid Tucson is a place I will definitely be visiting upon my release, inshallah. May the peace and blessings of Allah be with you.
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[Ed’s note: the following is a reprint of: “The Muslim Prisoner: Blessing in Disguise?”, by Rashad Khalifa, from our Feb 1985 issue]
[2:216] …you may dislike something which is good for you, and you may like something which is bad for you. GOD knows while you do not know.
What appears to be a real disaster may actually be a great blessing in disguise. Our incarcerated brothers may provide a perfect example. Discovering God and joining His kingdom is the greatest achievement any human being can achieve. If incarceration is what it takes for anyone to attain this pre-
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