When Rolu argued that the first 12 months of new born baby is a state of Atheism, one tempts to ask that does a new born baby have the choice of accepting a belief in God or rejecting it? What about the advanced stages of pregnancy in which the foetus can eat and respond to external stimuli? Should we also classify this stage as of Atheism? Atheism, according to Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary, is the belief that God does not exist. Why then should we classify a new born baby with ability to believe?
In the mean time, one of the most strange phenomena is the creation of human. One cell grows to be 100 trillion cell. How does this operation happen? Who controls this precise program? Is it nature or the creator of nature?
God, the Supreme Being, says “He It is Who created all things in the best way and began the creation of man from clay, and made his progeny from an extract of despised fluid (Sulalah) ” (Q32: 7-8) .
Again, who guides the embryo in his journey to life? He is Allah, the Supreme Being, who says “Our Lord is He who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright” – (Q20:50). The Glorious Quran also asserts authoritatively that “He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He (Allah), the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Q3:6)
In order to make it convincingly clearer, here is an exquisite remark: Allah says “He creates you in the wombs of your mothers in stages, one after another, in three veils of darkness.” (Q39:6), thus indicating the continuation of the embryonic development and the change from one stage into another, as explained earlier. Embryologists have confirmed that the foetus is surrounded, during the stages of development, with three membranes: 1- The amnion membrane which contains a fluid encompassing the foetus to make it in a state of swimming, thus protecting it from trauma that the uterus encounters, and facilitates the foetus movements for re-position smoothly during labour. 2-The chorion membrane.3-The decidua membrane. Some scholars interpreted the three veils of darkness with the amniotic membrane surrounding the uterus, wall of uterus, and abdomen wall. Yet, Allah knows best.
The embryonic stages are in accordance with the Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) saying in one of his narration in Sahih Muslim: “When 42 nights have passed over the conception , Allah sends an angel to it, who shapes it (into human form) and makes its ears, eyes, skin, muscles and bones. Then he says; ` O Lord, is it male or female?`, and your Lord decides what He wishes
and the angel records it.” After 42 nights (6 weeks), the embryo begins to take the human image with the appearance of cartilaginous skeleton, then the external genitals begin to appear later on (the 10th week). In the 7th week the human image gets clearer with the start of the spread of skeleton. This week represents (between 40 and 45 days) the demarcation line between ‘mudgha’ (lump of flesh) and human image.
So, it is well proved that the Glorious Quran's words are very well contrived and scientifically accurate, as they are composed by Allah who has perfected everything. (…to be continued)