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The Qur'an says:

And that We have made every living thing out of water [21:30]

Aren't jinn living things? What are they made of? Isn't it a contradiction with the the following verse?

and the jinn We had created before from flaming fire. [15:27]

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No,we already know that angels are made up of light and jinns are made up of fire. The word 'everything' is according to the context of that verse. In that verse Arabic word for 'everything' used is 'kulla'. For example: Suppose you little brother is eating chips and you asked that you wanted to eat some. Then he said I ate everything and nothing is left. Here it does not means that he ate everything in the world but here everything is used for that context only(for chips). Hope you got my point..

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    46:25 and 27:23 are some examples. – UmH Apr 24 '19 at 18:31
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I can't help but point out that water is literally produced from fire:

Flames consist primarily of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen. (Wikipedia)

E.g. for methane combustion, we have the following chemical reaction:

Combustion of methane

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But I don't think this is the way it's intended to be interpreted. The Qur'an also says:

And We did certainly create man out of clay from an altered black mud. -- Qur'an 15:26

Clearly this does not mean that man is some kind of clay monster. It seems reasonable to interpret Qur'an 15:27 in the same spirit.

We don't view man being made out of clay as conflicting with the notion of man being made out of water. They mean different things.

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  • Angles are made from light? Does it include H2O aswell? – jamal Nov 25 '16 at 18:06
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Bismilah It’s very good question. Jinns are made of smokes flames and humans/man out of mud. Impurities in the fire makes the smoke. So in another word Jinns are purest fire. As we know black or dark mud represents fertility and excellent soil in the world of growing crops. Almost similar concept is the creation of men.

V21.30 allah also tells as about the Big Bang and how he created every living thing out of water. Don’t get confused dark mud has to contain or be in water to stay in it’s mudy state, so no contradiction there. Then allah gave the pure fire and the mud a life or ordered to be and it was.

These states of originality is where we come from, but it’s not a state we are in right now. Let me explain a bit more. If I make a car out of metal I collected from the earth and the say I created this car out of the sand and soil would you then say no. It’s made out of metal and other materials? Or. Why are we not still a sperm or in state of Leach like creature? Because we have an origin doesn’t mean we should remain that state.
And for more clarity. We all have in our body everything that is in the mud including precious metals. Like gold,platinum,iron,silver. And we know very well that these metals came down from space or was forged in conditions far greater then the ones we see in our world. Hence the saying we made of the same stuff as the starts.(star dust)

Do your self a favor read the Quran with sincerity and open mindedness. I’m sure you don’t read books with preconceptions and judging mind. Don’t be afraid. And may Allah guide us all.

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And that We have made every living thing out of water [21:30]

These ayatin or verses were before existence of Jinn and Mankind, water flow to give life to every living things on the land during those Earliest periods.

and the jinn We had created before from flaming fire. [15:27]

An specified term of what were the Jinn made of, and nothing to do with the water stated of sura 21 verse 30, because the verse do not describe things that happen on the future but more on the you called it the modern word earth (actual ancient name: land which word 'earth' was been created after Revelation of Quran, that not from the Book) and heaven (actual ancient describe heaven): sky, region, space, zone, dominion, realm or place that not part of the land). If we use the Modern Man Made translation into English or to any language AFTER revelation of Quran for translation, surely be contradicted! Suggest to use the ancient translation English during and before the Revelation of Quran.

Summary; Living things before Jinn and Mankind indeed is make sense and the verse do not refer to future creations where it indicated more on the One joined land( earth) and the region(sky) development of earliest creations.

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I am not an expert in Arabic, but I have discussed this question with a scholar and according to him, the answer is following. The confusion you raised is created due to reading only the translation and not the original Arabic text. Although a translation of any text helps to understand the general meaning, but can never exchange the true meaning and tone of the original content of any language. The same went here in this case. For the verse 21:30, that is

And that We have made every living thing out of water

used Arabic word جعلنا which has root word as جعل. Its meanings also include ‘to cause’, ‘to bring about’. The whole verse means that Allah has caused every living thing to depend on water. In other words, He has made continuity of every life hooked with some form of water. In the other verse, that is for 15:27 the translation reads as

...and the jinn We had created before from flaming fire.

Here Quran used word خَلَقۡنٰهُ for which the root word is خلق. This means “to create” or “to make”. Here, Allah is talking about the material of creation. Similarly, just one verse before it, i.e., at 15:26, Allah discussed the material of the creation of man, which is clay.

We created man out of dry clay, from molded mud

So, reading all these verses with their correct meanings known does not create any confusion. Collectively reading all these verses enables us to conclude that Allah created Jinns from the fire, human from clay, and made all His living creations dependent on water. Now, as humans, we know that our life is dependent on water. Since we have never observed or perceive through our senses the living style of Jinns, therefore we do not understand how their life is dependent on water. But since the Holy Quran said this, we believe that what is said in it is like it is said.

MaShaAllah! Very good question. This shows that you are reading the Holy Quran with thinking. May Allah makes this a source of guidance for you, me, and everyone else who is reading it

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