Did life start from single cell organisms?

I heard somewhere in Quran that Allah created the life from water: "We made from water every living thing". 

What about first prophet then? How would this concept be applicable in the creation of the first prophet?

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    I answered a related question here. – user549 Jun 14 '15 at 19:39
  • This is what evolutionists say when they try to describe how the life sprang into existence. see this – Ahmad Afif Khan Apr 3 '17 at 3:47

The scientific study of the origin of life is called abiogenesis. Basically, the idea is that (somehow) basic self-replicating molecules came about, and over time they became more complicated and clustered together to form cells, which evolved over time to give a diverse range of organisms.

Which of these molecule clusters was the first living organism is not a too-meaningful question; it depends on what we consider life to be (we also face this boundary problem in extant life, e.g., are viruses alive?). Thus, it's only scientifically correct to say that life started from single-cell organisms if we define the boundary to be single-cell organisms, which is a somewhat arbitrary decision.

Now, as for Islam...

  • If we interpret evolution as compatible with Islam, then we'd go with the scientific reason above, i.e., it depends on how we define "life".

  • If we believe that life was created around the time of Prophet Adam (a multicellular organism), then no, Prophet Adam would have not evolved from single-cell organisms (by definition).

See: Is evolution compatible with Islam?

In relation to Qur'an 21:30 "... We ... made from water every living thing ...", the essentialness of water for life is established in biology: All known forms of life depend on water (Water, Wikipedia). So this includes single-celled organisms, and it's currently not scientifically controversial (although, if non-water-based life were to be found one day...).

This seems analogous to saying "we make a cake out of flour", where we interpret flour to be a primary ingredient.

For Prophet Adam, we also have: "... He created Him from dust ..." (Qur'an 3:59). Prophet Adam was human (not just a pile of dust), and would have been composed largely of water like all humans.


As a brief answer, I can say that it could be considered by paying attention to this matter that:

“a single cell organism is made from water as well” (according to a general rule that says everything has made from water)

(I am not professional in the medicine matters, but rationally they(scientists) would agree with this matter that even a single cell organism could be consisted of water (to some extent).


I think the water part is covered by the last answer. and IMO there is no problem with the first prophet (Hz. Adam) cuz you can see the first prophet as the first human that evolved according to darwins theory. But then again this is only my opinion.

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  • Them reason behind my answer is because i think before accepting everyword of quran or bible for that matter and i know that when god says he threw adam and havva onto earth i know he didnt literally throw them hence the scientific explanation. #PlsUrBrains – Shervin Sorouri Jun 27 '16 at 8:23
  • God isnt all meta physical and supernatural as quran says in many of its verses, Afala Ta'ghalun: do you not think? Or La'llahom yahzarun: for maybe they pay attention. – Shervin Sorouri Jun 27 '16 at 8:29
  • Note that I'm pointing at the SE polices your answer lacks anything (evidences and references a good elaboration) which makes a good answer I'm not discussing your statement at all. So read what the links I pointed at first before advising me to use my brain! – Medi1Saif Jun 27 '16 at 8:58

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