Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Suitable elements of the earth

Quran Chapter 23: 12 & 13 (Pt-18, Stg-4) (L-2148) درس قرآن

Suitable elements of the earth

Chapter Mu’-minuun” – (The Believers) – 23

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ مِن سُلَٰلَةٍ مِّن طِينٍ 12  ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَٰهُ نُطْفَةً فِى قَرَارٍ مَّكِينٍ 13


12.  And verily We created man from a product of wet earth.


13.  Then placed him as a drop (of seed) in a safe lodging.

12.  Wa  laqad  khalaq-Nal-‘insaana  min-  sulaalatim-min-  tiin.


13.  Summa  ja-‘alNaahu  nutfa-tan-  fii  qaraarim-makiin.




Sulaalatan – (a chosen wet product), it is the Subject from the word sallun, which means “to pull, to drag, to draw useful thing from a heap”. Which thing is picked like this, is called sulaalatan.


Allaah Almighty created Adam (peace be upon him) after choosing suitable elements from the entire earth. Now these ingredients are produced into mankind from the food and in the food these ingredients come from the clay. Then those ingredients grow up in the form of semen (a drop of seed) in the womb of mother as it has been described in the verse “qaraarim-makiin” (a safe lodging – womb of a woman).


In the previous verses it was commanded: The doers of good works will prosper if they are Believers. The Belief is to believe in Allaah Almighty, His entire Prophets (peace be upon them) and follow their Sayings. Without it; none will prosper on the Day of Resurrection; however the doers of good works will dwell a happy life in this world. But after death, they will not be able to proceed into the Gardens without Belief. In these verses, it is being described that having Belief in Allaah Almighty is very easy. If the mankind reflect in own creation, he will comprehend Allaah Almighty.


It is commanded: It is the Work of Allaah Almighty that He created the mankind after choosing suitable elements from the earth. For Adam (peace be upon him), He picked up directly those elements from the clay and collected them in a safe place. Then from them; He created Adam (peace be upon him). After that these elements are gotten from the food of the mankind which is produced from the earth. Then these elements are changed in the form of a drop of seed (semen). This drop of seed is settled in the womb of the mother. And in that safe place it grows up. Then after changing in some different forms, it becomes a living mankind and comes out from the womb of the mother. Detail of these forms will be discussed in next lessons. After birth, which means were provided to the mankind for dwelling in the world, were also provided by Allaah Almighty. There is no other than Him who may produce the mankind and actual sources of his living.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).