What's new | A-Z | Discuss & Blog
Contradiction in number of months for pregnancy, gestation, breast feeding and weaning in the Quran? No contradiction. It's up to the father of the baby!
The sections of this article are:
1- Allah Almighty's Divine Claims in Noble Verses
31:14, 46:15, 2:233.
2- Some of the Glorious Quran's STUNNING Scientific Miracles.
1- Allah Almighty's Divine Claims in Noble Verses 31:14, 46:15, 2:233:
Let us look at the following Noble Verses from the Glorious Quran:
1- Babies breast feed for up to two years. The period could be less. This is clearly seen in the following "in في" in the Noble Verse, which means within:
|Noble Verse(s) 31:14|
[031:014] And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.ووصينا الانسان بوالديه حملته امه وهنا على وهن وفصاله في عامين ان اشكر لي ولوالديك الي المصير
2- But what about the 30 total months here? Doesn't pregnancy take 9 months, and the two years are 24 months? Shouldn't the total here be 33 months?
|Noble Verse(s) 46:15|
[046:015] We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says, "O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam."ووصينا الانسان بوالديه احسانا حملته امه كرها ووضعته كرها وحمله وفصاله ثلاثون شهرا حتى اذا بلغ اشده وبلغ اربعين سنة قال رب اوزعني ان اشكر نعمتك التي انعمت على وعلى والدي وان اعمل صالحا ترضاه واصلح لي في ذريتي اني تبت اليك واني من المسلمين
The following points are important to note:
(a)- Not all pregnancies go for 9 months. Some are shorter, and some on rare occasions go even longer.
(b)- The Glorious Quran never once said that pregnancies go for 9 months. This is because the months almost always vary between women.
(c)- As we saw in Noble Verse 31:14 above, the normal breast feeding period is up to ("in في") two years for the normal family. So the period could go less in months. This is further demonstrated in Noble Verse 2:233, below.
(d)- The 30 months in Noble Verse 46:15 is Allah Almighty's Command for the minimum total months for the gestation and breast feeding and weaning periods.
(e)- The 30 months are also Allah Almighty's picture for the son and daughter to help them picture the type of hardship their parents, especially their mother, has gone through. We children often take our parents for granted way too much, and tend to forget the type of hardship that they've gone through to raise us. So the 30 months here is a picture, and not an exact number, for the children to see in order for them to:
(f)- The 30 months here couldn't be an exact unchangeable number figure here, because both the gestation periods and the needs of children for breast feeding vary. Some are longer and some are shorter. But parents, nonetheless, should aim for completing the 30 total months period.
3- All of this is further supported in the following Noble Verse:
|Noble Verse(s) 2:233|
[002:233] The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered, on equitable terms. But fear God and know that God sees well what ye do.والوالدات يرضعن اولادهن حولين كاملين لمن اراد ان يتم الرضاعة وعلى المولود له رزقهن وكسوتهن بالمعروف لاتكلف نفس الا وسعها لاتضار والدة بولدها ولامولود له بولده وعلى الوارث مثل ذلك فان ارادا فصالا عن تراض منهما وتشاور فلا جناح عليهما وان اردتم ان تسترضعوا اولادكم فلا جناح علكيم اذا سلمتم مااتيتم بالمعروف واتقوا الله واعلموا ان الله بما تعملون بصير
The following points are important to note:
(a)- This Noble Verse, 2:233, is speaking about the divorced parents.
(b)- Since the father isn't around because of the divorce, then Allah Almighty recommended for the child to breast feed for two full years, if the father desires.
(c)- Like in the other Noble Verses above, the total number here isn't a fixed number.
(d)- So the breast feeding period could be shorter.
(e)- But the parents, nonetheless, should estimate a total period of 30 or so months for the total care of the baby from the time of pregnancy to the time of weaning. It could be longer if the father desires. So it varies, and it is up to the father. But the minimum should be, nonetheless, 30 months total.
2- Some of the Glorious Quran's STUNNING Scientific Miracles:
Here are two must-visit sections that demonstrate some of the Glorious Quran's stunning Divine Miracles:
Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below:
1- Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:
The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, IF YOU ADD EACH CHAPTER # with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.
The sum of the odd numbers from the list =
2- The Great Miracle. Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37)  . See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle. Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people.
Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters  ! You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links. Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran. Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections. Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!
1- The explosion
of the Universe,
Stars bring about
declares that the
5- The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.
As we have clearly seen in the Noble Verses above, there is no contradiction in the Glorious Quran. One only had to look at the Noble Verses that dealt with the topic of pregnancy, gestation, breast feeding and weaning to see that there is clearly no contradiction in the Noble Verses. The total period varies depending on what the father wants. Also, "in في" clearly demonstrated that the period was dynamic, depending on the baby and the parents, and that the 30 months that Allah Almighty mentioned were a picture and close estimate to enable the children to see it and to appreciate more and more their parents, especially their mothers who have gone through a lot of pain to care for them.
And as we've also clearly seen above, the Glorious Quran is filled with Overwhelming Scientific Miracles in It, and also amazing Prophecies.
Indeed, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty alone for making the Noble Quran be the Perfect and Everlasting Miracle, for us humans, out of all of His Divine Miracles! And may Allah Almighty send His Peace, Mercy and Blessings upon our Beloved and Blessed Prophet, Teacher and Role Model, Muhammad. Ameen.
The following is a conversation that is taking place on this website's blog regarding this article:
Thanks for the post brother! As always i have appreciated your work on Quran's interpretation. JazakAllah.
As'salamu Alaikum brother Hilariousastal,
The following Noble Verse that is mentioned in the article answers your questions:
[002:233] The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years (حولين كاملين), if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered, on equitable terms. But fear God and know that God sees well what ye do.
2:233 والوالدات يرضعن اولادهن حولين كاملين لمن اراد ان يتم الرضاعة وعلى المولود له رزقهن وكسوتهن بالمعروف لاتكلف نفس الا وسعها لاتضار والدة بولدها ولامولود له بولده وعلى الوارث مثل ذلك فان ارادا فصالا عن تراض منهما وتشاور فلا جناح عليهما وان اردتم ان تسترضعوا اولادكم فلا جناح علكيم اذا سلمتم مااتيتم بالمعروف واتقوا الله واعلموا ان الله بما تعملون بصير
Here are a few points that answer your concerns, which I've already mentioned in the Article:
1- The two full years may or may not be completed.
2- Mothers do vary in terms of being wet. Some mothers go dry much earlier than others. They all vary, and this had always been a known fact. This is even mentioned in Noble Verse 2:233 that I just quoted. Read the part about hiring a foster mother, if needed for those fathers who want to complete the full two years.
3- Allah Almighty didn't give an estimate number out of confusion. No. Instead, Allah Almighty gave us, the children of our parents, a number that is close enough to give the picture of the type of hardship that our parents had to endure when we were babies. Babies don't just eat any food, nor are they like ordinary children.
4- It is crystal clear from the Holy Quran that the total number of months for the pregnancy, gestation, nursing and weaning periods varies, and isn't a fixed number.
5- Now, your thoughts are very interesting, akhi (brother). But I personally still think that the number is just a picture. But your point on the 6 months gestation period is also very interesting. Jazaka Allah Khayr (may Allah Almighty bless you). Ameen.
I hope this helps, Insha'Allah.
The Overwhelming Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran.
The amazing Prophecies of the Glorious Quran and Islam.
Rebuttal sections:  .
Ask me any question section.
Islam and the Noble Quran - Questions and Answers.
The formation of milk from blood and FARTH (dissolved or digested food's material), mentioned in the Noble Quran and confirmed by Science!
The blood circulation and the production of milk in the Breast: In the Noble Quran and Science.
Breastfeeding for 2 years in the Noble Quran. Science had confirmed Islam's Divine Claims.
Dhul Qarnayn's story. Sunrise and sunset. Also Why حمئة and not حاميةٍ. Dhil Qarnayn's journey is detailed with scientific and geographical maps that are more 1000 years old.
The following article was taken from:
Lying and deception are generated from
1. Lisan Al-Arab dictionary  , Book 8, Page 750.
2. Al-Muheet dictionary , Page 1229.
3. Al-Muajam Al-Waseet dictionary , Page 927.
4. Al-Mawrid dictionary Arabic-English section , Page 1152.
5. Arabic-English dictionary the Hans Wehr dictionary , Page .
الناصية (al-naasiyah): the forehead.
Functional regions of the left hemisphere of the cerebral
Why did the Quran describe the front of the head as being lying and sinful? Why didn’t the Quran say that the person was lying and sinful? What is the relationship between the front of the head and lying and sinfulness?
If we look into the skull at the front of the head, we will find the prefrontal area of the cerebrum (see figure 12). What does physiology tell us about the function of this area? A book entitled Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology says about this area, “The motivation and the foresight to plan and initiate movements occur in the anterior portion of the frontal lobes, the prefrontal area. This is a region of association cortex...”  Also the book says, “In relation to its involvement in motivation, the prefrontal area is also thought to be the functional center for aggression....” 
So, this area of the cerebrum is responsible for planning, motivating, and initiating good and sinful behavior and is responsible for the telling of lies and the speaking of truth. Thus, it is proper to describe the front of the head as lying and sinful when someone lies or commits a sin, as the Quran has said, “...A lying, sinful naseyah (front of the head)!”
Scientists have only discovered these functions of the prefrontal area in the last sixty years, according to Professor Keith L. Moore. 
(1) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Seeley and others, p. 211. Also see The Human Nervous System, Noback and others, pp. 410-411.
(2) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Seeley and others, p. 211.
(3) Al-E’jaz al-Elmy fee al-Naseyah (The Scientific Miracles in the Front of the Head), Moore and others, p. 41.
Send your comments.
Back to Main Page.