THE REGION THAT CONTROLS OUR MOVEMENTS
No indeed! If he does not stop, We will grab
him by the forelock, a lying, sinful forelock. (Qur'an, 96:15-16)
The expression "the lying, sinful forelock" in
the above verse is most interesting. Research carried out in recent
years has revealed that the prefrontal area, which is responsible
for the management of particular functions of the brain, lies in
the frontal part of the skull. Scientists only discovered the functions
of this area, which the Qur'an pointed out 1,400 years ago, in the
last 60 years. If we look inside to the brain at the front of the
head, we will find the frontal area of the cerebrum. A book entitled
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, which includes the results
of the latest research on the functions of this area, says:
The motivation and the foresight to plan and
initiate movements occur in the anterior portion of the frontal
lobes, the prefrontal area. This is a region of association cortex�63
The book also says:
In relation to its involvement in motivation,
the prefrontal area is also thought to be the functional center
So, this area of the cerebrum is responsible for planning, motivation,
and initiating good and sinful behaviour, and is responsible for
telling lies and the truth.
It is clear that the statement "the lying, sinful forelock" corresponds
completely to the above explanations. Again, this fact which scientists
have only discovered in the last 60 years, was stated by Allah in
the Qur'an centuries ago.
63. Rod R. Seeley,
Trent D. Stephens, and Philip Tate, Essentials of Anatomy &
Physiology, 2nd ed. (St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book Inc.: 1996), 211.
Also Charles R. Noback, N. L. Strominger, and R. J. Demarest, The
Human Nervous System, Introduction and Review, 4th ed. (Philadelphia:
Lea & Febiger: 1991), 410-411.
64. Seeley, Stephens, and Tate, Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology,