The Prophet on 360 Joints

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Everyone of the children of Adam has been created with three hundred and sixty joints; so he who declares the Glory of Allah (i.e., saying Allahu Akbar), praises Allah (i.e., Al-hamdu lillah), declares Allah to be One (i.e., La ilaha illallah), glorifies Allah, and seeks forgiveness from Allah (i.e., Astaghfirullah), and removes stone, or thorn, or bone from people’s path, and enjoins good and forbids evil, to the number of those three hundred and sixty, will walk that day having rescued himself from Hell”.

Are there three and sixty bones as the Prophet said?  This is a good question to ask for two reasons.  First, it tells us if the Prophet was a true prophet of God, and second it helps us to determine if the sayings of this prophet have reached us authentically. There is no definitive answer to this question. The first problem is that the number of bones in a body changes. A fetus has about 300 bones, but by the time of birth, many of them have fused together. The average adult human has 206 bones.

To my surprise there is a website by by a group of doctors that are well known for their research work on orthopedic care.  If you scroll to the bottom it says:-

640 muscles. 206 bones. 360 joints

The number of joints can be easily arranged to make 360 in the following way. Their distribution is as follows:
Skull joints: 86
Throat joints: 6
Thorax joints: 66
Spine and Pelvis joints: 76
Upper limbs: 32 x 2 = 64
Lower limbs: 31 x 2= 62

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