The Thyroid Gland in the Qur’an

The Thyroid Gland (the “bird-shaped gland inside the neck”) is precisely mentioned in the Glorious Quran and is confirmed by Science!

The sections of this article are:

1-  Allah Almighty’s Divine Claim.
2-  The Scientific Proofs.
3-  Conclusion.
(must read!)
Note:  Noble Verse 17:13 and the shape of the Thyroid Gland and it’s location being inside the neck were sent to me by brother Arthur K. (Ayyub); may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.  His email is listed in Article #4 in the “Scientific Proofs” main-section, below.

1-  Allah Almighty’s Divine Claim:

The Holy Quran and Islam are 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 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 now look at the following Noble Verses from the Holy Quran:

Noble Verse(s) 17:12-17:14
Arabic (from right to left):17:12 وجعلنا الليل والنهار ايتين فمحونا اية الليل وجعلنا اية النهار مبصرة لتبتغوا فضلا من ربكم ولتعلموا عدد السنين والحساب وكل شئ فصلناه تفصيلا

17:13 وكل انسان الزمناه طائرهفي عنقهونخرج له يوم القيامة كتابا يلقاه منشورا‏17:14 اقرا كتابك كفى بنفسك اليوم عليك حسيبا

Arberry:

[017:012] We have appointed the night and the day as two signs; then We have blotted out the sign of the night, and made the sign of the day to see, and that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years, and the reckoning; and everything We have distinguished very distinctly.[017:013] And every man — We have fastened to him his bird of omen upon inside his neck [1]; and We shall bring forth for him, on the Day of Resurrection, a book he shall find spread wide open.

[1]Allah Almighty Said  عنقه (his throat) which is derived from عنق, which means throat or the front side of the neck.  The Arabic word عنق specifically means the throat or the front side of the neck.  رقبة means neck, and usually the back of the neck or the entire whole neck.  The front side of the neck is rarely called رقبة.  It is always referred to as عنق.  See the ample proofs below from the Arabic dictionaries.


                   (See the Scientific Proofs section below)

[017:014] ‘Read thy book! Thy soul suffices thee this day as a reckoner against thee.’

Let us examine the following four important key words:  طائره  and  في  and  عنقه  and  رقبة  in good details:
1-  The Arabic word طائر literally means:

1-  Bird.
2-  A flying thing or object.

According to Google’s Online Arabic-English Dictionary,  means:

1-  Bird.

Furthermore, the word also means bird in the following Noble Verse:

Noble Verse(s) 6:38
Arabic (from right to left):6:38 ومامن دابة في الارض ولاطائر يطير بجناحيه الا امم امثالكم مافرطنا في الكتاب من شئ ثم الى ربهم يحشرون

Arberry:

[006:038] No creature is there crawling on the earth, no bird flying with its wings, but they are nations like unto yourselves. We have neglected nothing in the Book; then to their Lord they shall be mustered.

Furthermore, the Arabic word طائره means:

1-  His bird.
2-  His flying thing or object.

2-  The Arabic word في means:

1-  In.
2-  Inside.
3-  At.
4-  Upon.

See detailed analysis on Noble Verse 30:3 for ample proofs.

Also, according to Google’s Online Arabic-English Dictionary,  means:

1-  in
2-  at
3-  on
4-  within
5-  during
6-  by
7-  among
8-  thereof

3-  The Arabic word عنقه  means:1-  Throat.
2-  The front side of the neck.

In Arabic, it is said:

1-  قبض عنقه he grabbed him by his throat, or grabbed his throat.  Google wrongly uses “neck” instead of “throat” for this expression.  However, it is common knowledge that the grabbing of the neck is almost always done by grabbing the front side of the neck, and it is usually during a physical struggle.  It is also used as a threatening gesture to instill fear in an individual without going as far as physically beating him up.

  • For example:  A guy grabs another guy by the throat and tells him: “If you do this again, then I will make you pay for it!”  This is what  قبض عنقه  here can be used for.
  • 2-  حز عنقه means he slit or cut his or its throat.  Again, Google wrongly uses “neck” instead of “throat” in this one as well.  However, it is also a common knowledge that the cutting of the neck starts from the front side and not the back side.

    4-  The Arabic word رقبة  means:

    1-  The entire neck.
    2-  The back of the neck.

    Google uses “neck” for both رقبة  and  عنق, which is inaccurate.  The first one means “neck”, and the latter one means “throat or the front side of the neck”.

    2-  The Scientific Proofs:

    Let us look at what the bird-shaped gland inside the neck looks like, and what is it responsible for:

    Article #1:

    From the United States Government Website of the National Institute of Health:

    The thyroid is a gland located in the neck.
    It is a part of the endocrine (hormone)
    system, and plays a major role in
    regulating the body’s metabolism.
    If a
    sample of cells is needed from the thyroid
    gland a fine needle biopsy can be
    performed. During this procedure, a
    skinny needle is inserted into the thyroid
    gland, and a sample of thyroid cells and
    fluid is drawn into the needle. The needle
    is then withdrawn and the cells are sent
    for examination. This test is usually
    performed to diagnose thyroid disease
    or thyroid cancer.

    Article #2:

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyroid:

    “In vertebrate anatomy, the thyroid gland or simply, the thyroid (pronounced /ˈθaɪrɔɪd …/), is one of the largest endocrine glands. The thyroid gland is found in the neck, below (inferior to) the thyroid cartilage (which forms the laryngeal prominence, or ‘Adam’s Apple’) and at approximately the same level as the cricoid cartilage.The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. T3 and T4 are synthesized from both iodine and tyrosine. The thyroid also produces calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.

    Hormonal output from the thyroid is regulated by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the anterior pituitary, which itself is regulated by thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) produced by the hypothalamus.

    The thyroid gets its name from the Greek word for “shield”, after the shape of the related thyroid cartilage. The most common problems of the thyroid gland consist of an overactive thyroid gland, referred to as hyperthyroidism, and an underactive thyroid gland, referred to as hypothyroidism.

    …………………

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ and is composed of two cone-like lobes or wings, lobus dexter (right lobe) and lobus sinister (left lobe), connected via the isthmus. The organ is situated on the anterior side of the neck, lying against and around the larynx and trachea, reaching posteriorly the oesophagus and carotid sheath. It starts cranially at the oblique line on the thyroid cartilage (just below the laryngeal prominence, or ‘Adam’s Apple‘), and extends inferiorly to approximately the fifth or sixth tracheal ring.[1] It is difficult to demarcate the gland’s upper and lower border with vertebral levels because it moves position in relation to these during swallowing.

    …………………

    Cells of the developing brain are a major target for the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Thyroid hormones play a particularly crucial role in brain maturation during fetal development.[26]

    Article #3:

    Another article from the United States Government Website of the National Institute of Health:

    The thyroid gland, a part of the
    endocrine (hormone) system,
    plays a
    major role in regulating the body’s
    metabolism.

    Article #4:

    Brother Ayyub’s Notes:

    Assalamu Alaykum, Dear Brothers!

    My name is Ayyub, I am from Chechnya.
    First of all I would like to thank You for running this website for it is of paramount importance for all of us!
    I frequently visit it and cannot help admiring how clearly and confidently you defend the Noble Quran and Sunnah!
    My major interest is the issue concerning Scientific Miracles in Quran.
    Unfortunately I do not know the Arabic language which is crucial for understanding the Noble Quran. While reading Quran I got interested in the Verse 17:13 wherein it reads:
    “Wakulla insanin alzamnahu ta-irahu fee AAunuqihi wanukhriju lahu yawma alqiyamati kitaban yalqahu manshooran” (17:13)
    In the English translation (by Muhammad Muhsin Khan) it reads as follows:
    “And We have fastened every man’s deeds to his neck, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a book which he will find wide open.” (17:13)

    However, the English translation fails to mention the “tairahu” – the bird!

    It came to my mind that the “bird” attached to human neck could be the thyroid gland since it looks like bird or rather butterfly. I know little about this gland except it plays an important role in metabolism and hormones of human body. Maybe, apart from metabolism, it deals with (or affects) information about human deeds, emotions, intentions etc. Anyway, my vision is purely hypothetical. An Allah knows best!

    Assalamu alaykum!
    Your brother Ayyub
    Arthur K.

    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)

    We have seen how Allah Almighty’s Statement: وكل انسان الزمناه طائرهفي عنقه  (And every man — We have fastened to him his bird inside his neck) is in perfect harmony with Science.  The Thyroid Gland does indeed resemble the shape of a bird with wings, and it is also located in the  عنق (front side of the neck).  Not only that, but this gland is also responsible for controlling:1-  How quickly the body uses energy.

    2-  The body’s sensitivity to other hormones.

    3-  It makes proteins.

    4-  Plays an important role in brain development.

    All of this seems to point to the the behavior of the individual and the evil and good choices and decisions that he/she commits in life.  Notice in the very next Noble Verse how Allah Almighty Says:

    1-  اقرا كتابك كفى بنفسك اليوم عليك حسيبا (‘Read thy book! Thy soul suffices thee this day as a reckoner against thee.’ ).  نفسك in Arabic literally means “your self”.  Here Allah Almighty is telling the evil doer that he has only himself to blame for his evil deeds.

    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.

     

    Source: http://answering-christianity.com/thyroid_gland_miracle.htm

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    "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 Qur'an, 41:53)
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