In the human body, all the systems simultaneously work in a co-ordinated
way and in full harmony for a definite purpose, namely, to keep the body
alive. Even the smallest movements we do everyday, such as breathing or
smiling, are outcomes of perfect co-ordination in the human body.
Inside us is an incredibly complicated and comprehensively co-ordinated
network that operates without stopping at all. The purpose is the
continuance of living. This co-ordination is particularly visible in the
locomotive system of the body, because, for even the smallest movement,
skeletal system, muscles and nervous system must work in perfect collaboration.
In order to perform a co-ordinated act, first, the organs involved in
this act and their inter-relations should be known. This information comes
from the eyes, the balance mechanism in the internal ear, muscles, joints
and skin. Every second, billions of pieces of information are processed,
evaluated and new decisions are taken accordingly. Man is not even
aware of the processes accomplished in his body at dizzying speed. He
just moves, laughs, cries, runs, eats and thinks. He spends no effort
in performing these acts. Even for a faint smile, seventeen muscles have
to work together at the same time. In order to be able to walk, fifty-four
different muscles in the feet, legs, hips and back must work in co-operation.
The perfection of the co-ordination of the body will be better understood
with the following example. In order just to lift the hand, the shoulder
has to be bent, the front and rear arm muscles - called "triceps"
and "biceps" - should be contracted and relaxed, and the muscles
between elbow and wrist have to twist the wrist. In every part of the
act, millions of receptors in the muscles pass on information immediately
to the central nervous system about the position of the muscles. In return,
the central nervous system tells the muscles what to do in the next step.
Of course one is not aware of any of these processes, but just wishes
to lift one's hand, and does it right away.
What happens in case of a problem in this co-ordination? Different expressions
might appear on our faces when we want to smile, or we might not manage
to talk or walk when we want to. However, we can smile, talk, walk anytime
we want and no problems occur, because everything mentioned here is accomplished
as a result of the fact of Creation which logically requires "infinite
intelligence and power".
For this reason, man should always remember that he owes his being
and life to his Creator, God. There is nothing for man to be arrogant
or boastful about. His health, beauty or strength is not his own work,
and it is not given to him eternally. He certainly will become old and
lose his health and beauty. In the Qur'an, this is stated as:
Anything you have been given is only the enjoyment
of the life of this world and its finery. What is with God is better and
longer lasting. So will you not use your intellect?" (Surat al-Qasas: