Imam Ja’fer as-Sadiq (AS) queries stunned Hindu physician
By: Thaqib Alwi
Al-Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be on him) was martyred on Shawal
15, according to some traditions while some other say it was Shawal 25
when the sixth infallible descendant of the holy Prophet Muhammad
(peace be on him his holy progeny) kissed martyrdom.
Marking the occasion, I quote here a very interesting event of the
Imam (peace be on him)’s life:
Once a Hindu physician attached to the court of al-Mansur once asked
the Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be on him) if he wanted to learn
something in this field from him.
The Imam (peace be on him) said: ‘No. What I have is better than what
Then began a very interesting discourse, in which the Imam (peace be
on him) asked the physician questions like these:
• Why is the head covered with hair?
• Why are there lines and wrinkles on the forehead?
• Why are the eyes shaped like almonds?
• Why has the nose been placed between the eyes?
• Why are the hair and the nails without life (sensation)?
• These questions moved from the head downwards, till he ended by
asking: Why do the knees fold backwards, and why is the foot hollow on
To all these questions, the physician had only one reply: ‘I do not
The Imam (peace be on him) said: ‘But I do know.’
Then he explained all the questions, showing the wisdom and power of
The hair is created over the head so that oil may reach inside, and
heat may go out through it, and so that it may protect the head from
heat and cold.
There are lines and wrinkles on the forehead so that sweat from the
head does not reach the eyes, giving the person a chance to wipe it
The eyes are almond-shaped so as to make it easy to put medicine
inside them and remove dirt from them.
Had they been square or round, both would have been difficult.
The nose is put between the eyes as it helps to divide the light
equally towards both eyes.
The hair and nails lack sensation to make it easier to cut and trim
them. If there were life in them it would have hurt a person to cut
The knees fold backwards because human beings walk forward and the
foot is hollow to make movement easier.’
The physician became a convert to Islam.
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guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
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