HERE IS OUR BODY!
Our bodies are perfect
organisms that allow us to live on earth in comfort, to run
and play, to read and write and, in short, they let us perform
each and every task. These organisms are so wonderful that
one cannot make anything that resembles them even with the
most advanced technology.
How much do you know about
this body of yours, which works non-stop and repairs itself
when it runs down?
Did you know that your body
is made up of fats, proteins, water, carbonhydrates
WINDOWS ON THE WORLD: EYES
organ in our bodies is very important to us. Our lives would
change if even only one of them were missing. For example,
our eyes… Did you ever think what you would have done
if you didn’t have your eyes? You wouldn’t be
able to know what your parents, brothers or sisters, or friends
look like. You wouldn’t be able to see all the beautiful
things. You wouldn’t be able to play most of the games
you now do. You wouldn’t be able to read this book or
see the colourful pictures in it. You
wouldn’t be able to imagine what a rabbit or a dog looks
like, because you would never have seen one. You wouldn’t
be able to watch cartoons on TV. You wouldn’t be able
to perform your tasks with ease. You might not even be able
to find your way around home. You wouldn’t be able to
see any colours or shapes, nor would you know what light is
or be able to notice any of these things. The list is endless.
created all humans with eyes with which they can see. Allah
has given humans this very important asset.
Our eyes serve very important
functions. They perform critical processes of which we are
completely unaware, and only after which we can see around.
us briefly examine how we see:
Every object in the world
reflects and emits light on to its surroundings. For instance,
while you are looking at this book, the light reflected and
emitted from this book is going to the back of your eye through
This light, after going through a series of processes at the
back of your eye, turns into an electrical signal. This electrical
signal goes to your brain. At the back of your brain is the
centre of vision that makes it possible for you to see. The
centre of vision is a small area. This is the tiny area where
the electrical signals form the image of the book and that
is when you see this book.
trying to explain these processes as briefly as possible takes
such a long time, whereas the process is instantaneous. These
processes happen so fast that when you look at the book, at
that instant you are able to see it.
Isn’t it such a perfect
system? If you remember, we had mentioned evolutionists earlier
in the book. We also mentioned that these people believe that
earth, the universe, the stars and all living things are a
result of chance. Those who say this say the same about our
eyes. They say, “The eyes occurred by themselves and
through coincidence.” Can such a complex and wonderful
system form by itself? Let us give an example to clarify how
ridiculous this opinion is:
have manufactured the photographic and video cameras by copying
the human eye. However, none of this equipment gives as clear
a view as your eyes do. Now lift your head from the book and
look around you. Isn’t your vision clear? There is no
blur, snowy dots or missing lines in your vision. Now look
at your television set. Quite often, you see snowy dots or
skipped lines in the image. Even when these don’t happen
and even with all the new technology, televisions still do
not produce the perfect images that your eyes do.
Now, let’s think for a
moment. This means that our eyes are a lot more advanced and
are of better quality than any video or photographic camera
or television. What would you do if someone came up to you
and said something like the following?
“There was a storm
that caused some electrical cables, screws, hammers, screwdrivers
to fly out the door and windows, to fly out of the house,
and then all of them got together in the backyard. Then there
was some rain and thunder and these things were mixed with
the soil. Some time passed and I saw a television set emerge.
I picked it up and brought it home.”
You would probably think that
that person is either insane or lying, because as we all know,
television sets are made in huge factories where there are
hundreds of engineers, designers and specialised personnel.
It is impossible for a television set to form on its own.
Could it be that our eyes,
which are of much better quality than television, have occurred
by themselves? Of course not! Just as a television doesn't
come about on its own, but someone does manufacture it, our
eyes are also not a result of coincidence. Allah is the One
Who created our eyes in such a way that they see in three-dimensions
and with coloured images so clearly. This is why we have to
thank Allah for everything beautiful that we are able to see.
OUR EARS THAT HEAR WITHOUT
has created our ears perfectly just like our eyes. Imagine
a stereo, for instance. Even if you turn on the best of stereos,
you hear some crackling and hissing sounds. Radio channels
often become mixed up. Right now, don’t talk but just
listen! Do you hear any hissing? Your ears never produce any.
You hear the sounds marvellously clearly. Well don’t
you think that your ears could also have produced crackling
just like stereos? Allah has created our ears perfectly and
we are able to hear the sounds around us without experiencing
Allah has created our ears in
such a way that we are unable to hear certain sounds that
would disturb us. The blood in our body, for instance, flows
very fast and it makes a lot of noise during its circulation.
However, our ears do not hear the noise that it makes. Our
planet also produces quite a strong noise while it spins.
Nevertheless, Allah has created our ears so ideally that we
don't hear this noise. Allah is very caring towards us. This
is the reason why, throughout our lives, He doesn’t
let us hear noises that will disturb us.
This is why we have to thank Allah for
His benevolence. Allah has stated the following in a verse
in the Qur'an:
"Allah brought you out of your mothers'
wombs knowing nothing at all, and gave you hearing, sight
and hearts so that perhaps you would show thanks." (Surat
OUR HEART THAT NEVER TIRES
us, our heart is an essential organ. It beats about seventy-two
times per minute and about forty million times per year. To
understand what a tiring activity this is, just make a fist
with your hand and then relax it, and continue making a fist
and relaxing it. How many minutes do you think you will be
able to keep this up?
heart, which is about the size of your fist, continues this
action throughout your life without becoming tired or even
stopping once. Our hearts don't stop even while we are asleep.
If we become excited, our heart beats faster, and it beats
slower while we rest. Our heart makes all these adjustments
automatically while we are totally unaware.
time our heart beats, it pumps blood around our bodies. What
we need to survive is in this blood. Every one of our cells
receives the necessary oxygen and food they need from the
blood. Our heart pumps about 43,000 litres (approx. 11,000
gallons) of blood per day. Do you know just how much blood
this means? This is about enough to fill 150 bathtubs. Wouldn’t
you become tired if you tried to empty a single bathtub full
of water with just a cup? Now imagine having to empty 150
bathtubs of water with just a single cup. Probably you wouldn’t
have been able to accomplish such a difficult task. However,
our heart does such a task and has done so since the day we
were born and will continue to do so until the day we die.
Moreover, it never takes a break. You, for example, would
take a break while doing a difficult chore. You would probably
need to lie down, or take a rest, but our hearts don’t
become tired, because they are essential for our survival.
It is small but its task is enormous. This is why Allah has
created it in such a way that it never tires.
is unimaginable for a country to be without a network
of roads, railways or seaways. A unique network in your
body allows it to function faultlessly. These are the
blood vessels of our circulatory system. Inside these
vessels, the blood flows that the heart continuously
pumps. The blood carries countless materials from one
part of the body to another. It distributes food continuously
to each part of the body and collects waste materials.
YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS AN ARMY IN THE BODY THAT PROTECTS US
places where we sit, the air we breathe, the things we hold
are full of germs and viruses, but we are unable to see them.
Germs and viruses are small organisms that cause diseases
in human beings. We cannot see them with our eyes but they
can cause us to become sick and to lose strength.
There are other organisms we
are unable to see. These make up the army that lives inside
us and protects us against our germ and virus enemies. This
army is called the “Immune System”.
Our immune system exists within
our blood. The cells that make up our immune system are called
the white blood cells.
When an enemy enters our
body, our blood works just like a laboratory. It immediately
produces very special substances to fight the enemy and reproduces
more cells matching the enemy’s strength. A ferocious
battle begins. Sometimes the army in our body wins the battle
without us feeling it and the germs and viruses die.
The importance and benefits of vaccination:Dangerous
germs are given to the body after being made ineffective.
In this way, the immune cells recognise them and take
measures to protect you against them
the virus enters the body, the immune cell that acts
as a guard notices it.
The guard cells
calls the other immune cells by warning them. Meanwhile,
the necessary weapons are being produced.
viruses enter the body cells in order to multiply.
The immune cells kill these body cells and in so doing
they destroy the viruses. Result: Our body wins the
we do feel this battle. You say how? When we have a fever!
Of course, you must have had a fever at least a couple of
times by now. That was when your enemy was fighting the army
inside your body. During the battle, your body uses up all
its energy and needs some more. If you go out to run, while
your body is engaged in a battle, you would be using up all
the energy that your body needs to fight. In this case, your
army would lose the battle and you would fall sick. However,
when you get a fever, you naturally lie down to rest, and
your army uses all your available energy. In doing so, the
army could be victorious. When our temperature rises, our
body gives us the message “rest!”
Do you know what would have happened,
if we did not have an immune system? Shortly after we were
born, the first germ that entered our body would have killed
us. Because Allah is very merciful and caring towards all
humans, He has created each human being with an immune system.
As we have realised from the beginning of this book, we owe
Allah each minute of our lives for our being able to see beautiful
things and being able to eat delicious food. That is why we
have to think about Allah in everything we see and say “O
Allah, I am grateful to You for giving me all these blessings”.