“We created man of the extract of clay; then We made him into a drop of life-germ, then We placed it in a safe depository; then We made this drop into a clot; then We made the clot into a lump; then We made the lump into bones; then We clothed the bones with flesh, and then We caused it to grow into another creation. Thus Most Blessed is Allah, the Best of all those that create.”

(Al-Qur’ān – 23:12-14)

One cannot anticipate what kind of baby will come into being nor what its mental and physical faculties will be. It is impossible for him to predict the marvellous achievements that a child may go on to make in different fields by dint of his intellectual ability, wisdom and skill. For, in the beginning every child is no more than a lump of flesh, which up until its birth is possessed of no more than the most rudimentary attributes of life. In these early stages, the foetus is devoid of the faculties of hearing, sight, speech, understanding and reason.

Soon after birth, however, a child becomes something quite different from the foetus it originally was. It now makes its mark as one gifted with the faculties of seeing, hearing, and speaking and one who gradually acquires knowledge through experience and observation. Such extraordinary changes do not occur in any other creature on earth. When one does reflect on this, one is forced to utter with wonder and excitement: Most Blessed is Allah, the Best of all those that create.

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