By: Muhammad Ayaz
A Distress Call within the Body
Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said
"The example of the believers in their mutual affection and mercy is like a body. When one part of it complains, the whole body is affected with wakefulness and fever." ( Narrated by Al-Bokhari and Muslim)
Intensive modern research reveals marvelous facts about the interaction between different parts of the human body when afflicted with injury or illness and has led to the discovery of strategies and functional responses of the body when a part of it suffers. These responses differ according to the nature of the distress.
Soon after the onset of an infection or injury, sensory centers contact the alert and control centers in the brain's hypothalamus. These in turn call upon the pituitary gland to secrete hormones that prompt the rest of the endocrine glands to secrete substances which prompt all body parts to aid the endangered one, so the rest of the body exerts utmost energy to save it. The heart, for example, starts beating faster to help blood circulate and reach the injured area. At the same time, blood vessels in the injured region contract, while other vessels in the body expand in order to send the required amounts of energy, oxygen, antibodies, hormones and amino acids to the injured part, helping it resist infection and heal quickly. The body also starts to break up stored fats and proteins in order to provide aid for the injured part. This rescue process subsides once the injury or disease is under control and the infected tissues and cells are cured.
The call from the injured or infected part resembles a real call for help; the infected place releases neuro pulses to the sensory and alert centers of the brain; moreover, some chemical substances are released with the first drop of blood that is shed or when a tissue is torn. Then, all body organs respond in order to provide help for the infected organ according to the nature of its injury or disease.
Facets of Scientific Inimitability:
What is mentioned in the honorable hadith actually happens, as all organs of the body call each other to save the infected organ and the Muslim Ummah should be like that: When an area suffers any aggression, the whole Ummah should call each other to come to its aid.
The Prophet's صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم eloquent description of an ailing body part is completely accurate and describes what actually happens within the human body without the aid of instruments. Just as all parts of the body call upon each other to save an injured one, likewise, Muslims are expected to support one another at times of need.