Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al A’araf (7:179) – Heart Mind Interaction


وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالإِنسِ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لاَّ يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لاَّ يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لاَّ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا أُوْلَئِكَ كَالأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ

And certainly We have created for hell many of the jinn and the men; they have hearts with which they do not understand, and they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear; they are as cattle, nay, they are in worse errors; these are the heedless ones. [7-179]

M Shakir's Quran Translation

Heart Mind Interaction

Traditionally, the study of communication pathways between the "head" and heart has been approached from a rather one-sided perspective, with scientists focusing primarily on the heart's responses to the brain's commands. However, we have now learned that communication between the heart and brain is actually a dynamic, ongoing, two-way dialogue, with each organ continuously influencing the other's function. Research has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways: neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses), biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters), biophysically (through pressure waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions). Communication along all these conduits significantly affects the brain's activity. Moreover, our research shows that messages the heart sends the brain can also affect performance.

These newly discovered facts are already mentioned in the Holy Quran when it encourages us to think saying: "They have heart with which they do not understand"; indicating that hearts have some dynamic relation with thinking.

The heart communicates with the brain and body in four ways:

  • Neurological communication (nervous system)
  • Biophysical communication (pulse wave)
  • Biochemical communication (hormones)
  • Energetic communication (electromagnetic fields)

Many interesting scientific researches are going on in this field. It is becoming a separate subject now. Those people who had gone through heart transplants also experienced strange feelings and started adopting the habits of the person from whom they got the heart. Yasha Kresh, PhD, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medicine, Research Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery says:

"It turns out that the heart has its own 'brain' - an intrinsic nervous system. It's not clear what it does or if it's subservient to the higher brain. But it's clear that it is there, and I believe it has a mission because evolution does not allow things to remain without purpose. We think this internal nervous system helps to fine-tune and integrate the heart's diverse activity."

I urge the readers to read the interesting material on the subject and be amazed with the fact that how is it possible that something that accurate is mentioned in the Holy Quran many centuries back without any modern equipment.



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Anonymous said...

you are insane. seriously. hearts do not have any cognitive function. they control their own beating, and that's far removed from "understanding". they don't think or understand *anything*. this is not rocket science. Nobody has ever become stupider because his heart is damaged. brain damage, on the other hand,...

Muhammad Awais Tahir said...

Heart has a connection with the brain, and that has been proven by modern science that they have a two-way communication. Hence, heart has something to do with thinking. Don't make emotional statements. If you want to discuss, discuss in a logical and sane manner.

Furthermore, I missed out one point that you've reminded me. The Arabic word 'Qalb' used in the Ayah, refers to the 'spiritual' heart (most of the times). And the spiritual heart has connection with thinking. The point being made in the Ayah is that they don't think with their spiritual heart which will guide them to the the right path, like the Quran is telling that they don't see, they don't hear etc. It means they are not seeing the truth, not hearing the truth. Similarly, they are unable to comprehend the truth with their spiritual heart which has in-built property to guide towards the right.

Thinking from the heart (dil say sochna) has been commonly used by people as a phrase since long in a sense that it means thinking in the right direction. So, there's nothing wrong if the Quran uses that too.

Furthermore, even If you take it to be the physical heart, I've given the explanation above.

Amatul Wadood said...

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Peace and blessings be on our beloved Prophet, his family, his companions and all the righteous believers.

Salam wraht wbart!

@ anonymous: when u feel fearful or excited dont u feel ur heart throbbing?'s proved that the center of emotions are located in the y is ur heart responding? u goes hand in hand.
And Allah knows best!

Anonymous said...

I am totally agree with this article

Anonymous said...

bro I am totally agree with article and second thing is that in fear satuation the sensory input is from the many different way as doctor fear can increase the sympathetic outflow that's why there is increase heart rate and as I said the input is different what is in article this will be enough to answer the questions thank you

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