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In the very first revelation on the prophet in Cave of Hira, when the light (Gabriel) spoke the to prophet for the first time, I see a technical difficulty, when Gabriel said, God created man from a clot of blood. This is not true. Blood has no role in creation of human being. Why it was said, man was created from a clot of blood? This is surah 96 verse 1-3

Shakir
Read in the name of your Lord Who created.

Shakir
He created man from a clot.

Shakir
Read and your Lord is Most Honorable
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I don't see the word "blood" in your translation. –  Ansari Aug 24 '12 at 0:28
    
it is supposed to be clot of blood. But what is clot then if it is not blood. –  muslim1 Aug 24 '12 at 1:50
    
And how do you know it is a clot of blood? Do you even know if clot is a one-to-one translation of "'alaq"? –  Ansari Aug 24 '12 at 2:04

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If you see sahih international the translation says "clinging substance".

The word used in the Quran is عَلَقٍ (alaq), which would denote "hanging" or "clinging".

It also has roots to علقة (alaqah), which would mean a "leech" (which is a worm that hangs or clings to its host and sucks blood).

Below are the images of a leech and embryo.

Between the 37th and 44th day (16 - 17 - 18 in image), the embryo looks similar to a leech. The embryo also acts like a leech by clinging on its host and drawing its nutrition from its host.

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Nice explanation but google translation says clot –  muslim1 Aug 24 '12 at 2:25
    
Yes but if you paste the word only 'عَلَقٍ' , it says "hang" or "cling". translate.google.com/#ar/en/… –  islam101 Aug 24 '12 at 2:27
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@Thecrocodilehunter - Google translate is one of the worst places to look for an accurate linguistic translation. –  Muz Aug 24 '12 at 2:58
    
@Thecrocodilehunter How do you expect to be scientific and use a tool that translates modern Arabic for classical Qur'anic Arabic? –  Ansari Aug 24 '12 at 3:04
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lol.... first you say...."google says it is clot".....then you say "i dont use google as reference"...... make up your mind and open a question about the arabic word alaq as clot vs leech. –  islam101 Aug 24 '12 at 3:36

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