What was man created from, blood, clay, dust, or nothing? There seems to be some confusion...
All quotes are from the Qur'an
"Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood," (96:2).
"We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape, (15:26).
"The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was," (3:59).
"But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?" (19:67, Yusuf Ali). Also, 52:35).
"He has created man from a sperm-drop; and behold this same (man) becomes an open disputer! (16:4).
Answer by b_cheerful at 10:40 PM on May. 20, 2009
I am not a Muslim, but as someone who studies mythology I can say that this is not at all unusual. Many mythological systems term the same creation story in different ways. Mud/clay/dust can all be considered the same thing & can be considered the "blood" of the earth that man was "made" from. The sperm-drop can refer to the life force that the supreme creator gave to mankind from himself. And all can be considered making man out of nothing, because there were no building materials assembled (arms, heart, head, etc.) and the creator improvised. The confusion comes from people wanting to know & envision the details of the story, but the story is that of metaphor. People really evolved like all life on earth, the stories are poetic versions to convey that a creator made it happen "from nothing".
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