203 – IARLG – REGENERATING RIBS – ADAM AND THAT ‘MISSING’ RIB; Date 12th January 2018; 24th or 25th Rabi Al-Thani 1439

Date: 12th January 2018; 24th or 25th Rabi Al-Thani 1439;

Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim

Source: https://creation.com/regenerating-ribs-adam-and-that-missing-rib ; by Carl Wieland ;; http://www.answering-christianity.com/bible_not_error_free.htm

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It was narrated from ‘Ali that : The Prophet said concerning the urine of a nursing infant: “Water should be sprinkled over the urine of a boy, and the urine of a girl should be washed.” Abul-Hasan bin Salamah said: “Ahmad bin Musa bin Ma’qil narrated to us that Abul-Yaman Al-Misri said: ‘I asked Shafi’i about the Hadith of the Prophet, “Water should be sprinkled over the urine of a baby boy, and the urine of a baby girl should be washed,” when the two types of water (urine) are the same. He said, “This is because the urine of the boy is of water and clay, but the urine of the girl is of flesh and blood.” Then he said to me: “Did you understand?” I said: “No.” He said: “When Allah the Most High created Adam, He created Eve (Hawwa’) from his short rib, so the boy’s urine is from water and clay, and the girl’s urine is from flesh and blood.” Then he said to me: “Did you understand?” I said: “Yes.” He said: “May Allah cause you benefit from this.” [Ibn Majah: Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 525] [Hasan (Darussalam)]

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah ‘s Apostle said, “Treat women nicely, for a women is created from a rib, and the most curved portion of the rib is its upper portion, so, if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So treat women nicely.”


Now let us read the actual article to understand the heading above:

A head-on impact with a fully laden fuel tanker at highway speeds [1] is an experience I would hope for none to share. The surprise was to have survived it—God clearly had other plans for me. [2]

During the 5½ months in hospital, and for years afterwards, I had a series of operations to reconstruct various parts of me, particularly the bones of my face. [3]

These operations often required using my own bone for grafting. I noticed that the plastic surgeon would keep going back to the right side of my ribcage, through the same horizontal scar, actually, to get more bone for these procedures. One day, I asked him why he hadn’t ‘run out of bone’. He looked at me blankly, and then explained that he and his team took the whole rib out, each time. ‘We leave the periosteum intact, so the rib usually just grows right back again’.

Despite having trained and practised as a family doctor, I was intrigued; I had never realized this before. The periosteum (the literal meaning of this word is ‘around the bone’) is a membrane that covers every bone—it’s the reason you can get things stuck between your teeth while gnawing on a leg of lamb, for instance. The periosteum contains cells that can manufacture new bone. Particularly in young people, ‘rib periosteum has a remarkable ability to regenerate bone, perhaps more so than any other bone’.[4]

Thoracic (chest) surgeons routinely remove ribs, and these often grow back, in whole or in part. A lot depends on the care with which the rib is removed; it needs to be ‘peeled’ out of its periosteum to leave this membrane as intact as possible. A major reason why the rib is the ideal situation for such regeneration is that the attached intercostal muscles provide it with a good blood supply.

When the surgeon originally told me this, my immediate thought was—‘Wow, that’s really neat, Adam didn’t have to walk around with a defect!’ In Genesis 2:21, referring to the creation of Eve, we read:

‘And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.’

Surprisingly, some have grown up believing that men have one less rib than women. They have the same number, of course. Some have used the fact that men don’t have any missing ribs today to mock religion.

For years before my accident, when asked about this, I would give a reply something like this: ‘If your father had lost his finger in a circular saw, would you really expect all his children to have one less finger, too? Or all of his sons, but not his daughters? Of course not. The DNA instructions that are passed on from parent to child are in the form of a code, like writing—removing a rib (or finger) would not change the instructions on the code, so all the offspring will have all their ribs (or fingers).’

While all that is still very true and pertinent, this information about rib regrowth adds a new and fascinating dimension. God designed the rib, along with the periosteum. He would certainly have known how to remove the rib in such a way that it would later grow back, just as ribs still do today—without requiring any sort of special miracle.

Adam would not have had any permanent area of weakness in his rib cage, but would have had, for all of the hundreds of years of his life, the same number of ribs that you and I have today.



[1] Combined speed of the collision, in 1986, was some 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour.

[2] As well as for my daughter Lisa, then 11, who miraculously escaped virtually unscathed.

[3] As a direct result of the accident, I had a total of 55 episodes of surgery under general anesthesia (the majority not involving rib removal).

[4] Plastic surgeon Dr David Pennington, personal communication May 7, 1999.


IARLG’s comments: Though we took the article from a Christian; there is a lot we have learned. Have you also learned?

Narrated Ubaidullah:  “Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Why do you ask the people of the scripture about anything while your Book (Quran) which has been revealed to Allah’s Apostle is newer and the latest? You read it pure, undistorted and unchanged, and Allah has told you that the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) changed their scripture and distorted it, and wrote the scripture with their own hands and said, ‘It is from Allah,’ to sell it for a little gain. Does not the knowledge which has come to you prevent you from asking them about anything? No, by Allah, we have never seen any man from them asking you regarding what has been revealed to you!”  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Holding Fast to the Qur’an and Sunnah, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 461)”

The Apostle of Allah (SAW) said: Whatever the people of the Book [Jews and Christians] tell you, do not verify them, nor falsify them, but say: We believe in Allah and His Apostle. If it is false, do not confirm it, and if it is right, do not falsify it.  (Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud, Knowledge (Kitab Al-Ilm), Book 25, Number 3637)”

Narrated Abu Huraira:  “The people of the Book used to read the Torah in Hebrew and then explain it in Arabic to the Muslims. Allah’s Apostle said (to the Muslims). ‘Do not believe the people of the Book, nor disbelieve them, but say, ‘We believe in Allah and whatever is revealed to us, and whatever is revealed to you.’ ‘  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Holding Fast to the Qur’an and Sunnah, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 460)”


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