Qur’an-Wrong on Semen Production

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    QUR’AN–WRONG  ON SEMEN PRODUCTION
(See also
 Qur’an-science).
Christian and other critics of Islam claim that the Qur’an is wrong in its teaching that “He (man) is created of water pouring forth, Coming from between the back and the ribs”–(Qur’an 86:6-7). They argue that semen comes from the testicles not from between the back and ribs.

Christians tossed behind their backs Jesus’ unambiguous, categorical and emphatic declarations that GOD sent him only for Jews,  that he prayed only for Jews, and considered non-Jews “dogs” and ‘swine,” which includes these Christians unless they are Jews, and preached in parables to keep these human “dogs” and ‘swine” out of heaven. And he taught that eternal life lies in observance of the Mosaic Law until the arrival of the Comforter who will then guide them into “ALL TRUTH” and will “ABIDE  FOR EVER.”
And they follow a God who was in the belly of a woman He created, came out her vagina; sucked the woman’s “paps,” had Jews circumcised His foreskin (God forbid!); answered the calls of nature (urinate/pee and defecate/poo like humans and dogs and cats, etc); was pinned in diapers and was in need to be cleaned and fed like a baby; a God that committed gruesome injustices of loading Adam’s sin onto billions of innocent, helpless and morally and mentally non-competent babies; and worldwide and for more than 5,000 years now and will continue to do so to the Resurrection; and then loaded everyone’s inherited sin from Adam onto Jesus and had Jesus killed as scapegoat for this sin.
And instead of “wailing and gnashing” their  teeth over these monumental and grotesque utterances against His Holy Majesty, Christians are trying to find non-existent fault with the Divine Qur’an. These Christians are  to be on “Jokes ‘R’ Us.”

The following is taken from the website (if link does not connect please copy and paste. Color added-NGBA):

Quran Got it Right About Semen Production!

“Quran Got it Right About Semen Production!

AUGUST 23, 2009 YAHYASNOW7 COMMENTS

Some Christians claim that the Quran has a scientific error in it regarding sperm production

This is incorrect again. The critic focuses on the verses 86:6-7, especially verse 7 as this is where their contention is directed. The critic claims the Quran (86:7) is telling us that semen is produced between the backbone (sulb) and the ribs (tara’ib). The Arabic words mentioned by the Quran are sulb and tara’ib. Tara’ib is thought to mean ribs, though there is some dispute. However, the chief point of interest is the word sulb. Sulb  can be translated as ‘loins’ or ‘backbone’ or ‘lower back’. The critic favours the translations which use the word ‘backbone’ as they use it to attack the Quran by claiming the Quran teaches that semen is produced between the backbone (sulb) and the ribs (tara’ib).

However, the critic is very selective in deciding which translation to use as he/she avoids the numerous translations which translate ‘sulb’ as ‘loins’. They avoid these translations as they scupper their critical claims straight away as loins. Here, the word loins refers to:

  1. The region of the hips, groin, and lower abdomen.
  2. The reproductive organs. (1)

So the critic refrains from using this translation for the word sulb as it is clearly scientifically accurate, ie the semen is produced in the are between the loins and ribs. So, if we translate the Quran (86:7) this way there is no contention. The misleading methodology of the critic is to avoid mention of the numerous translations which translate the word sulb as loins. Not only do they avoid mentioning the numerous translations using the word ‘loins’ they highlight translations which use the word ‘backbone’. This is rather deceptive, especially considering a number of non-Muslim translators, including a Christian translator, translates it as ‘loins’ (A.J Arberry, George Sale, J.M Rodwell and Henry E Palmer) as well as a number of Muslim translators who also use the word loins (Hamid S Aziz, Muhammad M Ghali, Muhammad M Pickthall and Mohammad Asad) (4). It is unscholarly as well as misleading on the part of the critic not to mention this important fact.

However, the critic does use Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s translation which translates it as ‘backbone’, therefore rendering a meaning of between the backbone and ribs. So the critic understands the Quran as teaching us that semen is produced between the backbone and ribs. In the way of intellectual honesty I do not want the reader to believe that only Abdullah Yusuf Ali translates this verse by using the word ‘backbone’, Shakir and Khan/Hilali also do this. The question still remains; which word should be used in the translation?

Well, the critic does not tell you that Dr Edward William Lane’s Lexicon indicates the word sulb’ to mean ‘loins’ and even refers to the verse in question (86:7) as referring to the ‘loins’. So it does seem that the more accurate translation of this would be “between the loins and the ribs” as opposed to “between the backbone and the ribs” (4). Hence the critic uses the weaker translation.

However, even if we assume the critic to be correct and take the translation; “between the backbone and the ribs” we still see no scientific error. The critic assumes that the ejaculate (semen) emanates from the testes, this is incorrect.  Sperm is produced in the testes and is then transfered to the seminal vesicles awaiting ejaculation, the=is accounts for 5 % of the ejaculate, the rest of the ejaculate comes from the seminal vesicles (46-80%),with the prostate gland and the bulbourethral and urethral glands producing the rest of the ejaculate (2). At the time of ejaculation, all this (semen, which contains the sperm) is released

From the seminal vesicles which are in fact between the backbone (coccyx, lower back) and the ribs! So if we run with the translation of the critics we see something that people would describe as a scientific miracle and not a scientific error.

Osama Abdallah says the same thing but goes into a little more detail (bracketing is mine):
“If one was to insist upon the literal meaning (the translation favoured by the critics), one would still find that the Quran is 100% correct literally, too.  The seminal vesicles are anterior to the sacrum and coccyx (lower back, loin) and the ribs are anterior to the seminal vesicles.
If one was to draw a line from the tip of the coccyx, to the upper portion of the seminal vesicle _ either one of the two_ and extend the line forward it will catch the ribcage. The seminal vesicles from which the semen spurts out during coitus, lies between the ribs and the coccyx (backbone)!” (3)

The irony is that the critics accuse the Quran of making a scientific error yet the error is on their part as they only believe it to be an error as they wrongly believe semen emanates from the testes, while in fact in emanates from the seminal vesicles which are in between the backbone and the ribs! So now we all know the critics are being unfair, unscholarly and misleading when they claim the Quran (86:6-7) tells us that semen is produced in the kidneys etc.

May Allah guide us all to further Truth. Ameen.

Further reading:
This short article lent very heavily on Fotfoundation’s video presentation on this subject. This two part video presentation (in my view) is the best explanation of this subject and most in depth (all praise is due to Allah) so if the reader wishes to study further then please view:”
(For convenience to the readers we have added below the two videos by Fotfoundation-NGBA):
Part 1 by Fotfoundation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQPkDK nOCM&feature=video_response
Part 2 by Fotfoundation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eghBcXY ddk&feature=response_watch
(See also Qur’an-science -NGBA).

Other further readings:
http://www.understanding-islam.com/related/text.aspx?type=question&qid=100
http://answering-christianity.com/munir_ munshey/semenproduction_rebuttal.htm

References:
1. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/loins
2.http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/menshealth/facts/semenandsperm.htm
3. 
http://answering-christianity.com/ munir_ munshey/ semen production_rebuttal.htm

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