"We already know how much of them the earth takes away: With Us is a record guarding (the full account)." (Qaf, 50/4) How should we understand this verse?

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"We already know how much of them the earth takes away: With Us is a record guarding (the full account)." (Qaf, 50/4)

The verse above indicates that Allah has endless knowledge along with His endless power. For Allah Almighty states that knowledge is effective in the deed of creating again; and the one who knows can definitely create. 

When the features of man who enters under the ground and decays are known, it will not be difficult to create him again after his death since the properties that form man and that emit from him and that change are known and kept. Therefore, it is not difficult for Allah to create a community or an individual again after death and to resurrect them. (see Elmalılı Hamdi Yazır, the interpretation of the verse in question)

The statement "We already know how much of them the earth takes away" in the verse means they cannot be hidden from us though the parts of the dead are scattered under the ground. This verse is also an answer to the following statement of the polytheists:

"What! When we lie, hidden and lost, in the earth, shall we indeed be in a Creation renewed?" (as-Sajda, 32/10) (Razi, XX/261)

It can be understood through scientific data that it is not difficult to create man after his death even if his body decays and mixes with soil. It is possible to determine a person’s characteristics, genetic features, the colors and shapes of his eyes, hair and skin, his pleasures, interests and attitudes from a DNA molecule. Therefore, it is possible to produce an identical copy of a person from a cell, that is, to create him again. 

That some plants come out and grow from a single seed or leaf are examples of this fact. Allah, who places the program of a huge tree in a tiny seed, can place all of the features of man in a gene, keep it and create him again on the Day of Judgment.

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