Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al An’aam (6:125) – High Altitude Pressure & Stress, a result of not following religion



فَمَن يُرِدِ اللّهُ أَن يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلإِسْلاَمِ وَمَن يُرِدْ أَن يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقًا حَرَجًا كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِي السَّمَاء كَذَلِكَ يَجْعَلُ اللّهُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Those whom Allah (in His plan) willeth to guide,- He openeth their breast to Islam; those whom He willeth to leave straying,- He maketh their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus doth Allah (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation

Therefore (for) whomsoever Allah intends that He would guide him aright, He expands his breast for Islam, and (for) whomsoever He intends that He should cause him to err, He makes his breast strait and narrow as though he were ascending upwards; thus does Allah lay uncleanness on those who do not believe.

M Shakir's Quran Translation[6-125]

High Altitude Pressure

Allah says that whoever he guides he expands his breast. This is a term used in Arabic for various meanings. In a nut shell a person whose breast has been expanded by Allah becomes open minded to accept the truth. On the contrary he who seeks the path of ignorance Allah makes his breast narrow as if he were ascending upwards.

Quran has bluntly mentioned the fact that a person experiences difficulty in breathing at heights. At the same time Quran is also telling us that more the height increases more difficulty is experienced by the person. These are facts that are known to every person nowadays after the advent of modern science but Quran mentions these facts miraculously many centuries before those were known to the man.

Human beings need oxygen and air pressure in order to live. Breathing is made possible by the oxygen in the atmosphere reaching the air sacs in our lungs. As elevation rises, however, atmospheric pressure goes down as the atmosphere becomes thinner. Therefore, the amount of oxygen entering the blood stream declines and it becomes harder to breathe. As the air sacs grow narrow and contract, we feel as if we cannot breathe.

If the amount of oxygen in the blood is less than the body needs, several symptoms emerge: extreme fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and loss of judgment. When a certain height is reached, it finally becomes impossible for a human being to breathe at all. This is why we need oxygen bottles and special clothing in order to survive at such elevations also we have oxygen equipment in airplanes.

Stress, a result of not following religion

Second important thing mentioned in the Ayat is that a person who follows the wrong path remains tensed. Numerous psychological researches have proved those people who do not believe in any God are more likely to fall ill. There are many psychological and medical surveys that have been carried out in the past years that potray this fact. Modern medicine is now tending towards the realization of this truth. Without going into the details of the subject I would like to summarize it as Patrick Glynn put it: "Scientific research in psychology over the past twenty-five years has demonstrated that religious belief is one of the most consistent correlates of overall mental health and happiness." (Glynn, God: The Evidence, The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World, 60-61)


For more on the subject Surah Raad 13:28 and Surah Tawbah 9:118



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Al An'aam here


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