Islamic Embryonic Biology? Fail!

The picture presented above is of a 9th grade biology book taught in Pakistan. That’s right, this is taught to actual students! I find it absolutely horrifying that Pakistani youth are being brainwashed with such bullshit.

The Quran, which was written by Muhammad, tries preaching embryonic biology via nonsensical assumptions, phony science, and tidbits of detail anyone who isn’t blind could equally claim. It says in the Surah 23. Al-Muminum, Ayah 12-14:

“We created man from an essence of clay, then We placed him as a drop of fluid in a safe place. Then We made that drop of fluid into a clinging form, and then We made that form into a lump of flesh, and We made that lump into bones, and We clothed those bones with flesh, and later We made him into other forms. Glory be to God the best of creators.”

So according to Islam, Allah decided to play around with clay and designed us. Islamic scholars would look at this and attempt to translate it in order to save their asses from looking like absolute morons (they fail each time). Muhammad Asad (not related to original Quran writer), who was a 20th century Islamic scholar, attempted to better translate this mess into saying:

“Now, indeed, We create man out of the essence of clay, and then We cause him to remain as a drop of sperm in [the womb’s] firm keeping, and then We create out of the drop of sperm a germ-cell, and then We create out of the germ-cell an embryonic lump, and then We create within the embryonic lump bones, and then We clothe the bones with flesh – and then We bring [all] this into being as a new creation: hallowed, therefore, is God, the best of artisans!”

First of all, we are not fucking clay. Islamic scholars try saving themselves by pointing out that clay has calcium, nitrogen, hydrogen, potassium, sulfur, etc. etc. etc., which are also the necessary ingredients of a healthy fetal development. Irrelevant! That still doesn’t make us clay, just like every other natural product out there which attain these elements is equally not us!

Second of all, saying things like “a safe place,” “drop of fluid,” and “lump of flesh” which clothed over bones hardly necessitates Higher Power abilities. Anyone who’s had sex knows drops of fluid are involved. *wink* Translating “safe place” as a mother’s womb is also hardly the leap of beyond-human insight. And pointing out that a baby has flesh which covers bones is, I truly do hope, common knowledge to even kindergartners. Also, to Asad, really? You’re really taking the leap that Allah meant “germ-cell” when he said “clinging form”?

Thirdly, and last, if Allah were real I’d tell him he needs to go back to medical school, because “We made that lump into bones, and We clothed those bones with flesh” isn’t even correct in fetal development. The flesh of fetuses develop before bones. Bones begin growing internally at around 6-7 weeks of fetal development.

The fact that students are actually being taught this nonsense is abhorrent. I would say that not even Christians would believe in such obvious bullshit, but, then again, in the Bible it also claims that women are the result of a man’s rib. *sigh*

Moral of the story here: Religion ≠ Science

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  1. montealbert says:

    My older siblings read proper biology with pictures of embryonic stages. I selected computer in 9th, but the biology at that time had removed most of the human reproduction system. Only limited the discussion about frogs though.
    Now it looks like they are pushing quranic pseudo science.

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