Can there be a miracle about the word nasiya / forelock mentioned in verses 15 and 16 of the chapter of al-Alaq?

The Details of the Question

"Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-A lying, sinful forelock!" (al-Alaq, 96/15, 16)

- Can it be true that our acts are directed from the brain and that the verse indicates this?

- There are some people who say the forehead is the region of action for the sinful feelings in the brain as the Quran indicates it.

- That is, it is the part of the region where we decide for our acts. To what extent is it true?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

"Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-A lying, sinful forelock!" (Alak, 96/15-16)

The word "forelock" mentioned in the verses above is a metaphorical expression; it is explained in different ways: "We will throw him into Hell; we will confound him; we will disgrace him; we will humiliate him." (Razi, the interpretation of the verses in question)

It is stated that a person who oversteps the limits due to regarding himself self-sufficient and prevents Allah’s slaves from worshipping and fulfilling the orders of the religion might be left free for a while or throughout worldly life as a necessity of the test but that he will be punished eventually.

Since it is not explained in the verse whether the punishment will take place in the world or in the hereafter, it can be thought that it includes both. As a matter of fact, people like Abu Jahl were punished in this world by being defeated by the Muslims; it is stated in several verses that they will also be punished in the hereafter.   

The reason why an indefinite article is used in the phrase “a lying, sinful forelock” repeated in the second verse is to generalize the forelock and include the similar ones in the scope of the verse. From this point of view, it is possible to interpret the verse literally in addition to metaphorical interpretations. (see Hamdi Yazır, Hak Dini, the interpretation of the verses in question)

The scholar Abdulmajid Zindani deals with the issue mentioned in the question in his book called “Wa Ghadan Asrul-Iman”. He states that he had thought about the issue for a long time and that he found out the wisdom behind it when he was listening to a conference given by a Canadian scientist:  

"The front part of the forehead is a center where decisions are made about mistakes and crimes. A Canadian scientist who participated in a medical congress said this information was discovered only fifty years ago." (see Zindani, Wa Ghadan Asrul-Iman, the explanation of the verse in the chapter of al-Alaq)

From this point of view, it is possible to say that there are a lot of miracles in the verses of the Quran and that they indicate many things to be discovered up to the Day of Judgment.

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