Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al An’aam (6:95) – Food Cycle, Splitting of Seed and Grain



إِنَّ اللّهَ فَالِقُ الْحَبِّ وَالنَّوَى يُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَمُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتِ مِنَ الْحَيِّ ذَلِكُمُ اللّهُ فَأَنَّى تُؤْفَكُونَ

Surely Allah causes the grain and the stone to germinate; He brings forth the living from the dead and He is the bringer forth of the dead from the living; that is Allah! How are you then turned away?

M Shakir's Quran Translation

It is Allah Who causeth the seed-grain and the date-stone to split and sprout. He causeth the living to issue from the dead, and He is the one to cause the dead to issue from the living. That is Allah: then how are ye deluded away from the truth?

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation

Food Cycle

There are many Ayaats in the holy Quran in which bringing up living up from dead is mentioned with the germination of grains and stone (seed). This draws our attention is drawn to a food cycle. When a living thing dies, micro organisms quickly cause it to decompose. The dead body is thus divided up into organic molecules that mix with the soil and form the basic source of food for plants, animals, and, ultimately, humanity. Were it not for this nutritional cycle, life would not be possible.

Bacteria are responsible for meeting all living things' mineral and food needs. Plants and some animals, which remain almost dead (hibernation) throughout the winter, revive in the summer and meet all of their mineral and food requirements through the activities of bacteria during the winter. Throughout the winter, bacteria separate organic wastes (i.e., dead plants and animals) and turn them into minerals.

Thus, when living things reawaken in spring, they find food ready and waiting for them. Thanks to bacteria, a "spring cleaning" has been carried out in their environment and the necessary amount of food has been prepared for nature as it returns to life in the spring.

(See Harun Yahya's book Allah's Miracles in The Holy Quran Pg 236)

Splitting of the Seed and the Grain

This Ayat consists of a number of scientific facts and spiritual glimpses found in the Holy Quran that is not preceded by any other scientific book. 

First of all, the verse differentiated between the grain حب and seed/stone نوى. Scientifically, the seed or the grain is considered a complete fruit like all kinds of grains, corn, wheat, barley. While the stone/seed is a part of the fruit like the date seed, peach, grapes and kidney beans. Quran differentiates between seed and grain before the development of modern botany.

 Secondly, the verse drew a link between the process of the splitting of the grain and seed and the process of bringing out the dead from the living and the living from the dead.   Carbohydrates, fats, proteins minerals, salts and water are stored in the seed and grain in a form of dead nutritious substances, when these substances move through the Plasma membrane of the grain and cells. The seed and grain changes to become a living cytoplasm and the cell of the rootlet and dycoteledon become alive.

It is an astonishing fact that Quran mentions these minute facts many centuries before it being discovered by the humans. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this verity is that Quran is the word of the creator himself.

Prof.Dr.Nazmi Khalil Abo-el-atta Mousa Ph.D. Botany, Ain Shams University, Egypt has discussed the verse in great detail. For more details see his Article It is God Who Causes the Seed – Grain.

Its miracles will never cease

Quran is a book full of miracles. In the above mentioned Ayat we see that it has been explained in two different ways. There are various Ayaats of the Quran which have several meanings. It is not necessary that we have to 'choose' the correct 'interpretation'. Both the interpretations can be 'totally' correct at the same time. This is the glory of the Holy Quran; as it is mentioned in the Prophetic saying quoted in Jami' Tirmidhi that 'its miracles will never end'.



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Al An'aam here


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