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Index finger

Index finger


  • The index finger is also known as the pointing finger.
  • It is the second digit of the hand.
  • The index finger consists of three phalanges.
  • It does not have any muscles of its own.
  • The movement of the index finger is controlled by muscles in the hand.


  • The index finger held vertically represents the number 1.
  • It can be used for finger-wagging as an admonitory gesture.
  • In American Sign Language, the index finger, thumb, and middle finger touching represent the letter 'I'.
  • Babies start pointing around the age of one to communicate complex thoughts.
  • Pointing in human babies demonstrates the theory of mind and the development of language.


  • Pointing with the index finger is used to indicate or identify something.
  • Babies use pointing to express interest, desire, and information.
  • Non-human primates use pointing in less complex ways.
  • Corvids, dogs, and elephants understand finger pointing.
  • In some cultures, using the index finger to point is considered rude, and the thumb is used instead.

Index finger in Islam

  • Raising the index finger signifies the oneness of God in Islam.
  • The Arabic term for the index finger is 'musabbiḥa' or 'as-sabbāḥa'.
  • The index finger is used to praise or glorify God by saying 'Subḥāna Allāh'.
  • The index finger has symbolic significance in Islamic culture.
  • The index finger is associated with the concept of Tawhīd in Islam.

Index finger in archaeoastronomy

  • Before the advent of GPS and compass, early humans used the index finger to point in the direction of objects using stellar objects.
  • The index finger was used as a navigational tool during nighttime.
  • Archaeoastronomy studies the relationship between ancient cultures and celestial objects.
  • The index finger played a role in ancient navigation techniques.
  • Stellar objects were used as reference points for determining direction.

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