96: The Clot (Al-Aqat)

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96: The Clot (Al'Alaq)

96:1 Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, (96:1-2) "Thy Lord ... createth man from a clot."
Surah 96 (The Clot) was the first surah revealed to Muhammad. It began with this bit of news: Humans were created from a clot.
What was man created from?
96:2 Createth man from a clot.
96:3 Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous,
96:4 Who teacheth by the pen,
96:5 Teacheth man that which he knew not.
96:6 Nay, but verily man is rebellious
96:7 That he thinketh himself independent!
96:8 Lo! unto thy Lord is the return.
96:9 Hast thou seen him who dissuadeth
96:10 A slave when he prayeth ?
96:11 Hast thou seen if he relieth on the guidance (of Allah)
96:12 Or enjoineth piety ? (96:13-18)
Allah will grab those who deny his guidance by the forelock and call the guards of hell.
Hell in the Quran
Some Muslims say that when Allah talks about the "forelock" here, he is acutally referring to the prefrontal cortex, which, as modern science has recently found out, is the place where all that lying and sinful stuff happens. It's just one of the many scientific miracles in the Quran.

(96:13-16) "If he denieth (Allah's guidance) ... We will seize him by the forelock - The lying, sinful forelock."

(96:18) "We will call the guards of hell."

96:13 Hast thou seen if he denieth (Allah's guidance) and is froward?
96:14 Is he then unaware that Allah seeth ?
96:15 Nay, but if he cease not We will seize him by the forelock -
96:16 The lying, sinful forelock -
96:17 Then let him call upon his henchmen!
96:18 We will call the guards of hell.
96:19 Nay, Obey not thou him. But prostrate thyself, and draw near (unto Allah).

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