Thursday, August 27, 2009

Surah An Nisa (4:1) – Creation from a Single Being



يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاء وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

O people! be careful of (your duty to) your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind) and spread from these two, many men and women; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship; surely Allah ever watches over you.

M Shakir's Quran Translation


Creation from a Single Being

This is another verse which is brought up by the followers of[4-1] Darwinism and they proclaim that this verse point to the creation of everything out of a single being as Darwinism claims. This is a false allegation on the Holy Quran. Here the holy Qur'an is mentioning a fact which is present in the Authentic Ahadith and also in the Bible. By نفس واحده Quran means Prophet Adam (Peace be on him). From his ribs his wife
Hawwa (Peace be on her) was created and from them the human race evolved.

Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) reported: Woman has been created from a rib and will in no way be straightened for you; so if you wish to benefit by her, benefit by her while crookedness remains in her. And if you attempt to straighten her, you will break her, and breaking her is divorcing her.

Muslim :: Book 8 : Hadith 3467 The Book of Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah)

Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt (trouble) his neighbor. And I advise you to take care of the women, for they are created from a rib and the most crooked portion of the rib is its upper part; if you try to straighten it, it will break, and if you leave it, it will remain crooked, so I urge you to take care of the women."

Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 62 :: Hadith 114

This Hadith is also quoted by Imam Ibn e Kathir in his Tafseer, Tafseer Ibn e Kathir under the commentary on the Ayat under discussion. The same view is present in Tafseer al Tabari. See Tafseer Ibn e Kathir Pg.659 Vol.1 and Tabari 519/7. Bible says the same thing in Genesis

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. "
( Genesis 2:21-22)

Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) mentioned the same thing in his famous last sermon of Pilgrimage and he emphasized the same thing which this Ayat of Quran is emphasizing. This is what we term as 'universal brotherhood'. We all are created from one being so we have some relation with one another. We share the same grand father at the lowest level so we should respect one another.

Ayaats in Quran mentioning creation from a single living being

Surah Nisa 4:1, Surah Anaam 6:98, Surah Aa'raf 7:189, Surah Zumar 39:6.



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah An Nisa here


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