Sura 86
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The Morningstar (At-Târiq)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1By the sky and the night visitant.

2And what will explain to you what the night visitant is?

3The star of piercing brightness.

4There is no soul but has a protector over it.

5Now let man but think from what he is created!

6He is created from a drop emitted.

7Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs:1

8Surely (Allah) is able to bring him back!

9The day that secret things will be tested.

10Man will have no power and no helper.

11By the firmament which returns.

12And by the earth which opens out.

13Behold this is the word that distinguishes:

14It is not a thing for amusement.

15As for them they are but plotting a scheme.

16And I am planning a scheme.

17Therefore grant a delay to the unbelievers: Give respite to them gently.

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Wa samai wathariqi

2Wa ma adraika ma tariq

3Anajmut saqib

4Inkulu nafsil lama alaiha hafiz

5Fal yanzhuri linsanu mima khuliqa

6Khulika mimain dafiq

7Yakhruju minbainis sulbi wataraib

8Innahu ala rajihi laqadir

9Yauma tublas sarair

10Fama lahu min quwatiwa la nasir

11Was samai zatiraji

12Wal ardhi zatish sadi

13Innahu laqaulun fasi

14Wa ma huwa bilhazi

15Innahum yakiduna kaida

16Wa akidu kaida

17Fa mahilil kafirina amhihum ruwaida

1. Man, after Adam, is created from sperm but to say that the sperm comes from between the backbone and the ribs is false medically, biological or otherwise logically. It is a well known documented fact that sperm are made in the testicles. For Allah not to know this fact makes him less than a god because God Almighty is All-Knowing. He knows everything there is to know about anything in this world. Here, Allah has fallen short in saying that sperm are made from between the backbone and the ribs.

Yusuf Ali, in trying to defend Allah, has this to say “A man’s seed is the quintessence of his body. It proceeds from his loins, i.e., from his back between the hip-bones and his ribs. His back-bone is the source and symbol of his strength and personality. In the spinal cord and in the brain is the directive energy of the central nervous system, and this directs all action, organic and psychic. The spinal cord is continuous with the Medulla Oblongata in the brain.”

George Sale quoting from Al Beidawi and Yahya says “From the loins of the man, and the breast-bone of the woman”. Incidentally Farid agrees with him almost word for word. In other words, the meeting of the male and female seeds gives place to conception. Maulana Ali on the other hand thinks it is used as a euphemism.

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