By Naheed Sattar
Freshly baked cookies coming out of the oven. Your pair of dirty socks . How do you smell these smells and thousands more? It’s your nose, of course.
Your nose lets you smell and it’s a big part of why you are able to taste things. The nose is also the main gate to the respiratory system, your body’s system for breathing. Let’s find out some more about the nose.
SubhanAllah, the function of nose is the same for every individual yet each one has a different shape and size of nose.
Allah swt has placed the tube of the nose on the face and gave it a beautiful shape and state and opened in it 2 nostrils and then put a barrier between the two. And put in both of them the sense of smell which enables it to feel different smells. Good or bad, liked or disliked, harmful or beneficial .
Your nose is also a two-way street
When you inhale air through your nostrils, the air enters the nasal passages and travels into your nasal cavity. And then reaches your heart making it happy and healthy.
It also acts as a drain where the secretions of the brain are collected and then guess what happens? . You sneeze. Sneeze can send those unwelcome particles speeding out of your nose !
Did you ever think why the upper part of the nose is narrow and the lower part wide?
The air that we breathe in huge quantity , travels slowly through the narrow part after being filtered by the nose and does not reach all together, this is the mercy of Allah that you do not inhale more than you need .
The inside of your nose is lined with a moist, thin layer of tissue called a mucous membrane . The mucous membrane makes mucus, that sticky stuff in your nose. Mucus captures dust, germs, and other small particles that could irritate your lungs. If you look inside your nose, you will also see hairs that can trap large particles, like dirt or pollen. Thus the wider part helps you to clean your nose thoroughly by putting your fingers and blowing your nose while doing wudu and removing all the dirt that is stuck there.
What more does your nose do?
The nose allows you to make scents of what’s going on in the world around you. Just as your eyes give you information by seeing and your ears help you out by hearing, the nose lets you figure out what’s happening by smelling. It does this with help from many parts hidden deep inside your nasal cavity and head. These receptors are very small — there are about 10 million of them in your nose! There are hundreds of different odor receptors, each with the ability to sense certain odor molecules
When the smell receptors are stimulated, signals travel to the brain and then you start recognizing a particular smell. And then you always remember that smell associating yourself with it or disassociating with it. Depending on the smell!
Most people just think of the tongue when they think about taste. But you couldn’t taste anything without some help from the nose! The ability to smell and taste go together because odors from foods allow us to taste more fully.
Take a bite of food and think about how it tastes. Then pinch your nose and take another bite. Notice the difference? It’s just another reason to appreciate the great function of your nose!
Next time you smell something good or bad, do not forget to be thankful as this is a great blessing of Allah . And never complain about the shape of your nose as the nose only increases your beauty. And remember to say فَتَبَارَكَ ٱللَّهُ أَحۡسَنُ ٱلۡخَـٰلِقِينَ
“So Blessed is Allâh, the Best of creators.”