created from sperm or dust?
At one place
the Qur’an mentions that man is created from
sperm and in another place it mentions that
man is created from dust. Are these two
verses not contradicting? How can you
scientifically prove that man is created
1. Man created from sperm and dust
The Qur’an refers to the lowly beginnings of a human being
from a drop of sperm, in several verses including the following verse from
"Was he not a drop of sperm emitted (in lowly form)"?
The Qur’an also mentions in several places that human
beings were created from dust. The following verse makes a reference to
the origin of human beings:
"(Consider) that We created you out of dust". [Al-Qur’an 22:5]
We now know that all the elements present in the human body
(i.e. the constituent elements of the human body), are all present in the
earth in small or great quantities. This is the scientific explanation for
the Qur’anic verse that says that man was created from dust.
In certain verses, the Qur’an says that man was created
from sperm, while in certain other verses it says that man was created
from dust. However this is not a contradiction. Contradiction means
statements, which are opposite or conflicting and both cannot be true
2. Man created from water
In certain places the Qur’an also says that man was created
from water. For instance in Surah Al-Furqan it says:
"It is He Who has created man from water". [Al-Qur’an 25:54]
Science has proved all the three statements to be correct.
Man has been created from sperm, dust as well as water.
3. It is not a Contradiction but a Contradistinction
Suppose I say that in order to make a cup of tea one needs
water. One also needs tea-leaves or tea powder. The two statements are not
contradictory since both water and tea leaves are required in order to
make a cup of tea. Furthermore if I want sweet tea I can even add sugar.
Thus there is no contradiction in the Qur’an when it says
that man is created from sperm, dust and water. It is not a contradiction
but a contradistinction. Contradistinction means speaking about two
different concepts on the same subject without conflict. For instance if I
say that the man is always truthful and a habitual liar, it is a
contradiction, but if I say that a man is always honest, kind and loving,
then it is a contradistinction.