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Alaq (علق)


From the Quranic Arabic Corpus - Ontology of Quranic Concepts

Alaq (علق) is usually translated into English as a clinging substance or clot, and refers to an early stage in the development of the embryo in the womb.

The Quran mentions several stages of Human development, from the Alaq (clinging substance) to the more developed form shown here.

This concept is part of the following classification in the ontology:

Concept (root)
Living Creation
Organic Object
Alaq (علق)
Quranic Concept
TranslationClinging substance
CategoryOrganic Object

Alaq is referred to in verse (23:14) of chapter (23) sūrat l-mu'minūn (The Believers):

Sahih International: Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah , the best of creators.

Visual Concept Map

The map below shows the part of the visual ontology for this concept. You can click on other concepts in the map for related information:

AlaqOrganic ObjectDiseaseEmbryoEyeIntestineHeartPorkTongueWing

Concept map for Alaq. Related concepts are highlighted in blue.

Knowledge Base

// Predicate logic relations for the ontology concept alaq:

(instance alaq organic-object)

See Also

  • Verse List - Show other verses related to this concept in the Quran (6 occurances)
  • Al-Alaq - Wikipedia article
  • Quran Index - Index of Quranic concepts


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