Magnificence In The Creation Of Man
All the people
around you have come to their present state after months spent
in their mothers' wombs. For each of them the same perfect
system was prepared in their mothers' body, and each of them
passed through the same stages.
Birth is a great miracle. The baby who develops in its specially
protected chamber prepared in the mother's womb, comes into
the world after a certain period of time. The details of this
miraculous event will lead every man who ponders it to very
important conclusions. Let us reach this conclusion together
by looking at a detail that is important for a baby's development:
The placenta is a flesh tissue formed by the woman's body
in order to attach the fertilized egg to the uterus wall.
It contains a soft structure of blood vessels destined to
serve the developing baby. These vessels are like the branches
of a tree. In the placenta, the mother's and baby's blood
vessels intertwine and exchange materials. The two bloods
never mix, but nutrients and oxygen cross from the mother's
blood into the baby's blood while wastes move out of the baby's
blood, ultimately to be excreted by the mother. This function
of the placenta is very important because this tissue must
both meet all the needs of the baby and also be selective
in order to protect it. What makes this exchange possible
for the placenta is a thin membrane called the "chorion."
This membrane separates the baby's blood circulation from
that of the mother. By virtue of this membrane, the blood
of the mother cannot enter the baby's vessels. The baby receives
only oxygen and nutrition through this membrane.
The nutrition a baby needs in its first months is different
from what he needs in the eighth and ninth months, on the
verge of birth. The placenta must also adjust for this in
the consumption of nutrients. As a matter of fact, the placenta
carries out all these functions in a flawless way. It is always
sensitive to how much it should take from what in a selective
and careful way. Here, there are some questions which should
be asked and points to be remembered.
First of all, there is the question of how a placenta that
is a tissue consisting of cells can make these computations.
Also, the question of how the placenta is aware of the needs
of the baby needs an answer too. A person with intelligence
will immediately see that a piece of flesh called a placenta
cannot do these things on its own and could not have acquired
such features by chance. In this case, the fact we come across
is again very obvious: Allah created the placenta with characteristics
that meet the needs of the baby in the mother's womb. The
miracle of birth is another example that displays the magnificence
of Allah's artistry in creation. We are reminded of this fact
in the Qur'an:
O man! What has deluded you in respect
of your Noble Lord? He Who created you and formed you and
proportioned you and assembled you in whatever way He willed.
(Surat al-Infitar: 6-8)