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The Miracle of the Heart and its Thinking and Processing Capability - Mentioned in the Glorious Quran and confirmed by Science:

The sections of this article are:

1-  Allah Almighty's Divine Claims in the Noble Quran.
2-  The Scientific Proofs.
3-  Conclusion.

  

  

  

1-  Allah Almighty's Divine Claims in the Noble Quran:

The Noble Quran is filled with scientific statements and notions.  These are statements of Allah Almighty describing how He created things on earth and in the Universe.  What's most amazing is that all of these scientific statements and notions had been proven to be in perfect agreement with science and our modern-day scientific discoveries.  Allah Almighty made the Noble Quran be Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) Everlasting Divine Miracle and proof for Prophethood.  The Holy Book certainly stood the test of time 1,500 years ago with Its Claims, Prophecies and Miraculous language eloquence, and it does again and again in our day today with Its overwhelming agreement with science and discoveries that were not known to man 1,500 years ago.

Allah Almighty Said: "We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and inside their selves, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things?  (The Noble Quran, 41:53)"

With this said, let us look at what Allah Almighty Said in the Glorious Quran:

Noble Verse(s) 22:46
Dr. Munir Munshey (one of www.answering-christianity.com's authors):

[022:046]  Have they not moved about in the land? They are endowed with hearts to reason, and the ears to hear. Indeed, their eyes are not sightless. Rather, what is blind are their hearts within their chests.

Arabic (from right to left):

22:46 افلم يسيروا في الارض فتكون لهم قلوب يعقلون بها او اذان يسمعون بها فانها لاتعمى الابصار ولكن تعمى القلوب التي في الصدور

Allah Almighty described the heart of having the functionality and the capability to calculate, feel, decide, guide, think and has emotions.  He also Said that it is the hearts of the disbelievers that are blind, not their eyes.  Allah Almighty also Said that they have "hearts that do not understand (the Truth)" (63:3, 6:25, 9:87).

  • The Noble Words لاتعمى الابصار ولكن تعمى القلوب give ample more support and proofs for the Divine Miracle.  See their detailed analysis in the Conclusion section below.
  • The three highlighted red Arabic words above, in Noble Verse 22:46, are key.  They are as follows:

    قلوب means hearts.

    يعقلون means to learn, to be guided, to reason, to calculate.

  • يعقلون is derived from عقل, which means brain, mind.
      
  • Allah Almighty's Choice of the Word يعقلون is indeed Miraculous, because as we will see in main-section #2 below, the heart does indeed think, feel, calculate, remember and decide, and it does also have its own brain that sends commands to our brain.
  • بها means with it.

    Also, according to Google's Arabic-English online dictionary, عقل means:

    1. mind
    2. intellect
    3. brains
    4. reason
    5. intelligence
    6. sense

    Also, according to Google's English-Arabic online dictionary, mind means:

    1. عقل

      

      

    2-  The Scientific Proofs:

    The following indisputable Scientific discoveries, done by Western Scientists, clearly prove that the heart:

    1-  Has thinking and calculating nerves.

    2-  Has a brain of its own.

    3-  Participates in leading and guiding individuals based on certain calculations, emotions and feelings.

    4-  Relays information back to the brain and has a 2-way communication system with the brain that enables it to take part of the thinking, processing, and decision-making.

    5-  Can force the brain to obey its commands.

    6-  Has memory and data retrieval (remembering) capability.

    7-  Has its own intelligence and intelligent system.

      

    Article #1:

    "Neurocardiology: The Brain in the Heart

    While the Laceys were doing their research in psychophysiology, a small group of cardiovascular researchers joined with a similar group of neurophysiologists to explore areas of mutual interest. This represented the beginning of the new discipline of neurocardiology, which has since provided critically important insights into the nervous system within the heart and how the brain and heart communicate with each other via the nervous system.

    After extensive research, one of the early pioneers in neurocardiology, Dr. J. Andrew Armour, introduced the concept of a functional "heart brain" in 1991. His work revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a "little brain" in its own right. The heart’s brain is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense. The recent book Neurocardiology, edited by Dr. Armour and Dr. Jeffrey Ardell, provides a comprehensive overview of the function of the heart’s intrinsic nervous system and the role of central and peripheral autonomic neurons in the regulation of cardiac function. The nervous system pathways between the heart and brain are shown in Figure 2.

    The heart’s nervous system contains around 40,000 neurons, called sensory neurites, which detect circulating hormones and neurochemicals and sense heart rate and pressure information. Hormonal, chemical, rate and pressure information is translated into neurological impulses by the heart’s nervous system and sent from the heart to the brain through several afferent (flowing to the brain) pathways. It is also through these nerve pathways that pain signals and other feeling sensations are sent to the brain. These afferent nerve pathways enter the brain in an area called the medulla, located in the brain stem. The signals have a regulatory role over many of the autonomic nervous system signals that flow out of the brain to the heart, blood vessels and other glands and organs. However, they also cascade up into the higher centers of the brain, where they may influence perception, decision making and other cognitive processes.

    Dr. Armour describes the brain and nervous system as a distributed parallel processing system consisting of separate but interacting groups of neuronal processing centers distributed throughout the body. The heart has its own intrinsic nervous system that operates and processes information independently of the brain or nervous system. This is what allows a heart transplant to work: Normally, the heart communicates with the brain via nerve fibers running through the vagus nerve and the spinal column. In a heart transplant, these nerve connections do not reconnect for an extended period of time, if at all; however, the transplanted heart is able to function in its new host through the capacity of its intact, intrinsic nervous system."  (Source)

      

    Article #2:

    "Neuroscientists have discovered that the heart has it’s own independent nervous system, a complex system referred to as the brain in the heart. There are at least 40,000 neurons (nerve cells) in the heart, this can be as many neurons as are found in some parts of the brain. And this “brain in the heart” has the ability to relay information back to the brain creating a two-way communication system between the heart and brain. Physiologists John and Beatrice Lacy discovered that when the heart sends messages to the brain the brain not only understands the messages but also obeys them."  (Source)

      

    Article #3:

    "There are 40,000 nerve cells in the heart as well as neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline and dopamine (known emotional mediators), that the heart synthesizes and releases. "With every beat of the heart, a burst of neural activity is relayed to the brain," Martin explains. "The heart senses hormonal, [heart] rate and pressure information, translates it into neurological impulses and processes this information."  (Source)

      

    The Scientific Miracle is Confirmed!

    It is clear that the 7 points that are mentioned above are clearly confirmed by Science.  Yet, we find these functionalities and capabilities of the heart mentioned in the Glorious Quran, 1,500 years ago.  There is no question that Allah Almighty's Divine and Holy Words are confirmed by the recent Scientific discoveries.  Indeed, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone!

      

      

    3-  Conclusion:

    Again, the Noble Quran is filled with scientific statements and notions.  These are statements of Allah Almighty describing how He created things on earth and in the Universe.  What's most amazing is that all of these scientific statements and notions had been proven to be in perfect agreement with science and our modern-day scientific discoveries.  Allah Almighty made the Noble Quran be Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) Everlasting Divine Miracle and proof for Prophethood.  The Holy Book certainly stood the test of time 1,500 years ago with Its Claims, Prophecies and Miraculous language eloquence, and it does again and again in our day today with Its overwhelming agreement with science and discoveries that were not known to man 1,500 years ago.

    Allah Almighty Said: "We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and inside their selves, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things?  (The Noble Quran, 41:53)"

    Allah Almighty's description of the heart's functionality in the body as it being able to do the work of calculations, emotions, feelings, decisions, guidance and thinking was indeed proven to be 100% perfect and accurate with what scientists today have discovered and confirmed.  And as Allah Almighty Said in the same Noble Verse:

    لاتعمى الابصار ولكن تعمى القلوب التي في الصدور

    Indeed, their eyes are not sightless. Rather, what is blind are their hearts within their chests.

    Indeed, the coming to understand and accept the Truth of Allah Almighty is not for everybody.  People who don't have "diseases in their hearts" (47:29, 2:10, 5:52, 8:49, ....) are the ones whom hearts are capable of understanding, comprehending and ultimately accepting the Truth of Allah Almighty.  The Scientific Miracle about the heart and its functionality in the Glorious Quran is indeed a stunning one, because Allah Almighty Spoke about the actual functionality of the heart and its vital and essential role in guiding the individual and enabling him/her to make the right decisions.  Again, يعقلون is a key Word here, because it is referring to the actual activity of thinking and processing of data, and making decisions in the heart and by the heart.  This is a Scientific Miracle that only Science today was able to confirm, and only very very recently.

    Indeed, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty alone for making the Noble Quran be the Perfect and Everlasting Miracle, for us humans, out of all of His Divine Miracles!  And may Allah Almighty send His Peace, Mercy and Blessings upon our Beloved and Blessed Prophet, Teacher and Role Model, Muhammad.  Ameen.

      

      

      

      

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