About 2 weeks ago I emailed you regarding the allegation that Christian missionaries make about the references to embryology in the Qur’an. You responded back by asking me what exactly was the allegation made by the Christians. Well the allegation they make is regarding Surah 23 verse 14. They say that when the Qur’an talks about the development of bone in the fetus and then covering of bone by the muscle is embryologically incorrect. I would like to know what your opinion on this issue is and also if you can provide me some with scientific data on this topic (stuff like web links to websites that explain this issue) I personally believe that the Qur’an is 100% correct, but I would like to know how to respond to a certain allegation that is made by the unbelievers about the Holy Book. Please reply.
I greatly appreciate your help in advance.
The related part of the referred verse of the Qur’an translates as:
Then We made the drop [of semen] a sticky material; and made this sticky material a [shapeless] lump [of flesh]; and made bones in this lump [of flesh] and clothed these bones with skin.
If the development of bones in the foetus does not even initiate till the time that all the layers of the skin are fully developed only then your friend has a point, however, it is an established fact that this is not the case. Kindly refer to professor Keith Moore’s book ‘The developing humans’ which has only accepted that the description of developing foetus in the Quran could not have been possible without God informing Muhammad(pbuh)through revelation as microscopes were invented about a 1000 years after the revelation of Quran.
In view of the foregoing, kindly ask your friend, who has criticized this verse to provide reliable references in support of his point.
-You can also watch Professor Keith Moore’s interviews on youtube with regards to the same issue.