By the heaven and the nightly star!
And what will make you realize what the nightly star is?
˹It is˺ the star of piercing brightness.
There is no soul without a vigilant angel ˹recording everything˺.
Let people then consider what they were created from!
˹They were˺ created from a spurting fluid,
stemming from between the backbone and the ribcage.1
Surely He is fully capable of bringing them back ˹to life˺
on the Day all secrets will be disclosed.
Then one will have neither power nor ˹any˺ helper.
By the sky with its recurring cycles,
and the earth with its sprouting plants!
Surely this ˹Quran˺ is a decisive word,
and is not to be taken lightly.
They are certainly devising ˹evil˺ plans,
but I too am planning.
So bear with the disbelievers ˹O Prophet˺. Let them be for ˹just˺ a little while.
Testes and ovaries are formed in the abdomen of the fetus during the first weeks of pregnancy, before descending to their permanent place in the pelvis. Both are sustained by arteries originating between the backbone and the ribcage.