Quran Describes Gender Determination By Sperm

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This page has been changed as it took for granted the false claim that the Qur'an indicates that gender is determined by sperm (disproved by other verses and the hadith), and other mistakes.

Please see the following articles for accurate information regarding this topic, and a valid debunking of the apologetic claim.

Embryology in the Quran (section on Gender Determination)

Greek and Jewish Ideas about Reproduction in the Quran and Hadith

The main problem with the apologetic claim that in the Qur'an, sex is determined by the male sperm, which is a very weak interpretation anyway, is that verses 75:37-39 show that the author believed that gender was determined after the 'alaqah (blood clot) stage. Both Quran 53:45-46 (the verses used by apologists) and verse 75:39 use the exact same phrase, "alzzawjayni alththakara waalontha" ("of the two spouses, the male and the female").

Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? Then he became a clot; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned And made of him a pair, the male and female [alzzawjayni alththakara waalontha ٱلزَّوْجَيْنِ ٱلذَّكَرَ وَٱلْأُنثَىٰ].

In light of the above verses, those used by apologists below are merely saying that male and female babies start off as a nutfah (drop of semen).

And that He createth the two spouses, the male and the female[alzzawjayni alththakara waalontha ٱلزَّوْجَيْنِ ٱلذَّكَرَ وَٱلْأُنثَىٰ], From a drop (of seed) when it is poured forth [nutfatin itha tumna نُّطْفَةٍ إِذَا تُمْنَىٰ];

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