Saturday, June 5, 2010

Name the First Wonder of the World

This is very common – children are more often than not are asked this question. Even when appearing fr any interview, some general knowledge crazy member of the interviewing panel may ask this question to test the knowledge of the already sweating person sitting across the table. And such questions often take people off guard.

But ever thought which really is the first wonder of the world? The Egyptian Pyramids, Niagara Fall, Taj Mahal or the Grand Canyon or still more? You may be wrong in selecting one from the so called famous seven wonders of the world. I also thought so till yesterday when I came across a quotation from Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC), who said, Numberless are the world's wonders, but none more wonderful than man.”And I just pondered over and thought how true it is. We, the human beings, crafted and created so beautifully by the Allah almighty are no doubt the best wonder of the world. Whatever we see around us has either been discovered or invented by us. It is the same man thought, designed and constructed the Egyptian Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal, discovered the Niagra Falls out in the wilderness, found the deep gorges and the valley of natural wonders in the Grand Canyons, scaled the unscallable Mt. Everest, the K-2 or the Nanga Parbat. Yet the same man invented Penicillin and so many other medicines.

The Allah Almighty commands the men in the Quran, the Holy book of Islam, to spread out in His universe and find the unthinkable. And so the man went out of the earth’s orbit and reached out to the moon physically, or sent satellites as far away as the distant planets. The Hubble Telescope is continuously finding secrets in the obscured darkness of the far away galaxies.

It still it is the same man whose greatness compels him to rescue a pet from a burning house by putting his life in danger, when he could get away to safety (and let the pet die). The man in white attire spends hours operating on a dying man so that he lives.

This is the greatness of the man, we ignore so often and look for the things that we carve out of our own hands and label them wonderous. So let us feel that greatness in us and do the wonders not yet done.