Of The Body: The Muscles
Muscles are the power stations of our
bodies. They are in charge of transforming energy into
power, which they perfectly perform throughout one's
life. We notice this sometimes, but most of the time
we are not aware of it. For example, some muscles contract
although we do not consciously make any effort. The
heart and stomach muscles are of this type. Their action
is beyond our control. Muscles that contract by our
will are attached to our skeleton. There are 650 voluntary
muscles in the human body. As we move, these muscles
contract and relax together with the bones they are
Muscles are operated by blood vessels
and nerves. Blood vessels carry oxygen and nourishment
to muscles, while nerves drive muscle movement.
would happen if the control of your muscles were completely
left up to you? Suppose, for example, that your heart
muscles contracted only with your conscious control
from now on. You would do nothing but concentrate on
the contraction and relaxation of your heart muscles.
That is because if your heart muscles did not contract
even for a moment, you would die. And death would be
inevitable when you were asleep, since you would not
be able to control your heart's functioning. However
this never happens since you do not need to think about
such things thanks to the perfect controlling system
in your body.
What we need to do, above all, is to give
thanks to our compassionate Lord, Who makes everything
easy for us, and to act in a way that is pleasing to
Him. Allah commands us to worship Him alone in the following
That is Allah, your Lord. There is
no god but Him, the Creator of everything. So worship
Him. He is responsible for everything. (Surat al-An'am:
Muscles operate harmoniously
Did you know that 17 muscles in your face
contract simultaneously when you smile? If one of these
muscles did not contract or malfunctioned, you wouldn't
be able to smile. Furthermore, you would have an empty
expression on your face.
With the joint contraction
of your facial muscles, you can assume expressions
similar to those above.
There are 28 muscles controlling your facial
expression. With the joint contraction of these muscles,
you can assume hundreds of different expressions. You
can express anger, bewilderment, happiness and amusement
as well as many other emotions thanks to these muscles.
Besides the facial muscles, other muscles in your body
work in harmony too. In order to take a single step,
for example, 54 muscles operate at the same time. Thus
we can easily make hundreds of movements, which seem
ordinary to us. But having read of all this one should
stop and think, because people do not contribute anything
at all to the functioning of these muscles. If the muscles
did not function properly, it would not be possible
to take even a step, let alone run, swim or ride a bicycle.
Therefore, we should keep a very important truth in
mind: Allah created a perfect system in the human body.
This is a gift from our Lord. What we should do in return
is to reflect on Allah's infinite mercy, to remember
His greatness and to give thanks to Him.
The Hands Handle Everything Skillfully
Turning the pages of a book, opening a
car door, washing one's hands... These are merely a
few of the things that we frequently do using our hands,
without experiencing any difficulty. We use our hands
in performing hundreds of other acts as well.
A human hand is so strong
that it can exert a pressure of as much as 45 kg (100
pounds) on an object without even clenching the fist.
Besides such strength, we can also use our hands in
very delicate and fine acts, such as threading a needle,
whenever we so wish. While one group of actions requires
a great deal of strength, the other requires strict
accuracy. We, however, do not even realise how remarkable
are the achievements which our hands bring about in
reality. We never consciously decide to exercise a force
of 500 grams (1.1 pound) in order to pick a piece of
paper up from a table or to exercise a force of 5 kilograms
(11 pounds) in order to throw a ball. We perform all
such things automatically without conscious thought,
since Allah created us perfectly. The remarkable competence
of our hands is the result of Allah's matchless creation.
Did you know that one of
the greatest attempts of scientists has been to make
an artificial hand similar to a human hand? Robot hands
made so far have been equivalent to the human hand in
terms of strength, yet have lacked the sense of touch
and the capability to perform various tasks at the same
||You can freely do anything
you wish using your hands. You can write, eat food,
wash your face, hold a ball and so on. Furthermore,
you can do all these things without experiencing
any difficulty. Artificial hands, however, which
scientists and technicians have produced after years
of study, can perform only a limited number of tasks.
a matter of fact, it is the opinion of many scientists
that a robot hand possessing all the functions of a
human hand cannot be made. Engineer Hans J. Schneebeli,
who has designed the robotic hand known as "The Karlsruhe
Hand", stated that the more he worked on robotic hands,
the more he admired the human hand. He added that they
still need a lot of time to be able to tackle even a
few of the jobs accomplished by the human hand.
Our hands, which cannot even be imitated
by today's technology, are designed by Allah. They manifest
the perfection in Allah's artistry of creation.
There is no other creator besides Allah.
In the following verse, Allah informs us that there
is no other god besides Him and addresses those who
do not see this fact:
Say: "Who is the Lord of the heavens
and the earth?" Say: "Allah." Say: "So why have you
taken protectors apart from Him who possess no power
to help or harm themselves?" Say: "Are the blind and
seeing equal? Or are darkness and light the same? Or
have they assigned partners to Allah who create as He
creates, so that all creating seems the same to them?"
Say: "Allah is the Creator of everything. He is the
One, the All-Conquering.' (Surat ar-Ra'd: 16)