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The vital force that distinguishes organic from inorganic matter. At the heart of the qurʾānic evocation of life are a paradox and two paradigms. The paradox arises from a dual attitude to, or sense of, “life” ( ḥayāt). On the one hand, life as an animating force in the body is perceived as utterly sacred. Humans are urged not to kill their children (q.v.) out of fear of being reduced to poverty ( imlāq, q 17:31; see poverty and the poor ). God promises that he will provide for both parent and child (see family; parents) and warns that infanticide (q.v.) is a grievous sin (see sin, major and minor ). Th…

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Netton, Ian Richard, “Life”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00260>

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