||Determining the Sex of the un-born baby|
The absolute knowledge of the foetus, being a
male or female, in the womb of the mother is reserved to Allah Ta'aala alone.
Man does not have the power to conclusively deter- mine the sex of the unborn
In these times, however, medical doctors are able to 'predict' the sex of the
baby-to-be "by means of X-Ray scan machinery" and this too, only after a
specific period of pregnancy elapses and the limbs etc. of the foetus are
formed. Nevertheless, this knowledge, which many perceive, does neither
contradict the Quranic verse, "Only Allah knows all what the wombs contain."Surah
Luqmaan, Verse 34) nor does man become participant (an associate) in Ilme-Ghaib
(the hidden knowledge) of Allah Ta'ala. Ghaib refers to that type of knowledge,
which is self present not derived through apparent means etc., whereas the
doctors can only tell by means of X-Ray scan machinery and other apparatus. The
ayah of the Quraan refers to that knowledge which is omni- present and neither
derived nor acquired and this is exclusive to Allah Ta'ala.
The second interpretation of the Ayah is that only Allah Ta’ala knows various
conditions, specifications and circumstances of the womb - whether the foetus it
contains is male or female, normal or abnormal, full-term birth or premature,
normal birth or caesarean section, and what the exact day and time of birth
shall be and most important what the fate of the child will be -pious or
villainous and fortunate or unfortunate. All these aspects are known to Allah
Ta'ala when the foetus is still in the mother's womb. On the contrary,
present-day doctors and scientists are only able to "predict", and this too,
after a specific period of pregnancy elapses, the sex of the baby-to- be.
The third aspect of the Ayah is that it reads "Maa fil Arhaam" and not "Man fil
Arhaam". The Arabic word "Man" is used for human beings and "Maa" for inhumans,
objects etc. This purports that the foetus is a clot of blood and still has not
taken human form therefore it is referred to as "Maa". Even at that stage Allah
Ta'ala knows whether it is male or female. On the contrary, at that stage no
doctor can tell whether the clot of blood shall be male or female.
Nevertheless, anybody acquiring partial knowledge of the womb after a fixed
period of pregnancy elapses does not contradict the Quranic verse, "Only Allah
knows all what the wombs contain."
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