Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Number 40 in the Quran

It takes 40 days for the embryo to become matured and ready for Allah’s Spirit to be breathed into it and to become a fetus, a new individual worthy of all human rights. Therefore, abortion is only allowed prior to 40 days in case of rape etc. Then Allah gives the fetus hearing, seeing and brain power, in this sequence as per Quran 32:7 – 9:

.7  ٱلَّذِىٓ أَحْسَنَ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ خَلَقَهُۥ ۖ وَبَدَأَ خَلْقَ ٱلْإِنسَٰنِ مِن طِينٍۢ
He is the One who perfected everything He created, and started the creation of the human from clay.
.8  ثمَّ جَعَلَ نَسْلَهُۥ مِن سُلَٰلَةٍۢ مِّن مَّآءٍۢ مَّهِينٍۢ
Then He continued his reproduction through a certain lowly liquid.
.9 ثُمَّ سَوَّىٰهُ وَنَفَخَ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِهِۦ ۖ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلسَّمْعَ وَٱلْأَبْصَٰرَ وَٱلْأَفْـِٔدَةَ ۚ قَلِيلًۭا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ
He shaped him and blew into him from His spirit. And He gave you the hearing, the eyesight, and the lungs; rarely are you thankful. 
Note the sequence hearing, then eyesight, then lungs
It takes 40 weeks for the fetus to mature into a ready-for-birth baby,
40 × 7 = 280 days ≈ 9 lunar months 14 days ≈ 9 solar months 5 days.

It takes 40 lunar months for the baby’s long term memory to become ready for the stage of knowledge accumulation. This is only a speculation and needs a proper verification by specialists in the field to be considered correct.

It takes 40 lunar years for the human to have reached thinking maturity, wisdom, as per Quran 46:15:

أعوذ بالله من الشيطٰن الرجيم بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيم
وَوَصَّيْنَا ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ بِوَٰلِدَيْهِ إِحْسَٰنًا ۖ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُۥ كُرْهًۭا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًۭا ۖ وَحَمْلُهُۥ وَفِصَٰلُهُۥ ثَلَٰثُونَ شَهْرًا ۚ حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُۥ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةًۭ قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِىٓ أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَىَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَٰلِدَىَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَٰلِحًۭا تَرْضَىٰهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِى فِى ذُرِّيَّتِىٓ ۖ إِنِّى تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّى مِنَ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ
We enjoined the human being to honor his parents. His mother bore him arduously, gave birth to him arduously, and carrying him (in the womb) and breastfeeding him for thirty months. Until he reaches maturity, and reaches age of forty (lunar years of hardship), he says, "My Lord, direct me to thank you for all the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do all the righteous deeds that please You, and direct my children (bloodline) to be righteous too. I have repented to You. I am a true submitter."