The Qur’an mentions the term ‘alaqah as the second stage of human prenatal development. The word ‘alaqah according to many linguistic Arabic dictionaries has several meanings: “leech”, “coagulated blood”, “blood clot”, or “the early stage of the embryo”. In this short video clip Dr. Keith L. Moore describes the ‘alaqah stage with reference to modern embryology. This clip is from a lecture delivered by Dr. Keith Moore at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA (8th May 1990).
- Embryology in the Qur’an: The ‘Alaqah Stage (islampapers.com)
- Surely the Qur’anic ‘Alaqah (the leech-like stage) is easily observed with the naked eye? (islampapers.com)