children, prepare yourselves to step into a broad and miraculous
world in a little while. In fact, this world interests you
closely. Although you might not have realised until now, trillions
of workers of this world have been unceasingly working for
you. You are surprised, aren't you?
This marvellous world is your
body and the workers which have been working for you are your
body cells. Every point of your body consists of cells. At
this moment, there are trillions of cells in your body that
are at your service. They are working even while you are reading
this book. For example, your eye cells are carrying out a
number of processes ceaselessly in order to enable you to
read. As you breathe, the cells in your windpipe and then
the cells in your lungs come into play. In the meantime, the
cells in your stomach are probably digesting the food you
ate a few hours ago.
Our bodies are composed of
cells, each of which has assumed a different task.
The figure above shows a few types of our body cells,
which act together to enable us to live.
What we have mentioned here
are only a few of the processes that are continually carried
out in your body. All of these happen without your even being
aware of them. How is that trillions of cells come together,
know what to do and co-operate to function? Moreover, no trouble
arises during these processes. No cell attempts to do another's
task or refuses to perform its own task. Besides, all these
processes take place with an extraordinary speed.
In the coming pages, we will
examine how daily tasks, such as digestion, respiration, seeing
and hearing are, in reality, quite splendid. We will witness
that our cells sometimes act like a chemist to produce chemical
substances, sometimes act like an engineer to make calculations
and sometimes work to meet the needs of some other cells.
It is astonishing that all these
are achieved by cells that are too small to be seen with the
naked eye. Moreover, the cells in our bodies perform these
vital functions without receiving any help. Remember that
these cells are not human beings like us. They can neither
see each other nor hear, nor decide to "do wise work". They
have no ears or brains. They have not studied chemistry, but,
as we will see in the following sections, they know chemical
formulas and can produce substances according to these formulas.
How is it that they can do all these?
will be filled with admiration as you read and find out that
cells do not perform all these tasks by their own wisdom.
You must already be aware that they could not have possibly
learnt how to carry out these tasks in time by chance.
Still, we owe our life to the
conscious acts of these tiny beings, which we cannot even
see with the naked eye. Surely in them there is a very important
fact for us to understand. There is a possessor of superior
wisdom who makes our cells perform all these tasks and teaches
them what to do. The possessor of this eternal wisdom is Allah,
Who has created everything, loves us and knows all of our
weaknesses and needs.
Each one of the trillions of
cells in our body fulfills its tasks perfectly as a result
of Allah's perfect plan, so that we may lead our lives without
any difficulty. Waking up every morning to go to school, tasting
the sweet flavour of honey, breathing without any difficulty,
running in your school garden and playing with your friends,
writing, reading and lots of other things you do are thanks
to Allah's compassion and mercy.
Like all other things on earth,
Allah has created you perfectly and given you everything you
need. What you should do in return is to give thanks to our
Lord, Who has given you all these blessings that are much
more valuable than any other present you may be given in this
More processes are carried
out in every one of our bodies' cells, which are too
small to be seen with the naked eye, than in the laboratory
For this reason, we need to think thoroughly about what
Allah has bestowed upon us. In the verses of the Qur'an,
our Holy Book, Allah has given many examples for people
to reflect on. The following is one such verse:
In the picture above, you
can see the inside of a cell. At the center of the
cell is the cell nucleus, which is surrounded by other
In the creation of the heavens
and earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the
ships which sail the seas to people's benefit, and the water
which Allah sends down from the sky-by which He brings the
earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures
of every kind-and the varying direction of the winds, and
the clouds subservient between heaven and earth, there are
Signs for people who use their intellect.
(Surat al-Baqara: 164)
In this book, we will reflect
upon our bodies. We will see how perfectly and elaborately
the human body has been created by Allah. Once you read the
book, you will love Allah even more and thank Him. You will
be surprised at the neglectfulness of the people around you,
who do not reflect, and you will be eager to tell them what
you know, so that they will be heedful too.