By Raashid Ul Nabi Khan
The pen is the most powerful weapon in the world; there are various roles a pen can play. There is a pen for a king, a politician, a lawyer, doctor, engineer, teacher and so on. Everyone on this planet is using the pen in one way or other. In Islam, the pen got ultimate priority. Be it the following decree of Allah mentioned in the Quran: “And if all the trees on earth were pens, and the sea [were ink] with seven more seas to supply it, the words of God could not be exhausted. Indeed, God is Mighty, Wise” (Quran, 31:27) or be it first Revelation of the Quran, ‘’Read in the name of your Lord who created; He created man from a clinging clot. Read, for your Lord is the Most Generous, who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know (Quran, 96:1-5)’’, the importance of the pen is never in doubt.
The use, sanctity and effectiveness of the pen strictly depends on the purity of its writer, his/her chastity, honesty, truthfulness, dedication and determination. Those who hold pen in their hands must be on the straight path, upright in character and must possess in depth analysis or knowledge.
The pen is one of the Allah’s signs; it is worthy to note that the Quran and Hadith all are recorded by the pen which is indeed a marvel. Some Hadiths regarding the pen are absolutely wonderful. The first to write and study natural sciences was Prophet Idrees(AS). Mua’wiya ibn Al-Hakam reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, among us are men who write script.” The Messenger of Allah(SAW) said, “There was a prophet among the prophets who wrote script, so whoever writes according to his way is right.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim). According to Al-Qurtubi, “Idrees (AS) was the first to write with the pen, the first to sew and stitch his clothing, and the first to study knowledge of the stars, their calculations, and their movements.”
That the pen is mightier than the sword is something that we all know; writing is always priceless and one who writes is the most responsible person in the world because through his writing there is an impact on the society, so one who holds pen in his hand should always write the truth and reject falsehood. We should always use pen for constructive purposes; it should be blended with positive thoughts. Let us remember: one pen can change the world. Let us remember that the ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr. There is no doubt that the pen is source of education in Islam as it can put a man into the highest rank of human accomplishment.
Those writers are really blessed who use the pen to eradicate evil in society, to refute falsehood and blessed are those writers who push their pen for truth, peace and justice. One thing that is worthy to note is that the pen protects the rights of people; pen has the power to spread knowledge. It can be used by the common man as well as the elite; both of them can push their pen to express their thoughts, their feelings and both can write down day to day events which are happening in society. Pen can be used by jurists also to dispense justice. The pen has the power to change the society for better and there are thousands of writers who work very hard to use their pen for the betterment of the society.
No one knows the actual power of the pen until one uses it for the first time. We, as students of Islam, should use our pens to propagate the teachings of Islam in the light of Quran and authentic Hadith. Last but not the least, my plea to all my dear brothers and sisters is that whenever you hold pen in your hand, hold it for truth, peace and justice.
—The author is a Law Graduate, and also holds a Masters in political science along with a B.Ed. He is currently a Principal at the Alamdar Public School, Bandzoo, Pulwama and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org