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The pen is mightier than the sword
By Syeda Mehrunnisa, 13
Pakistan International School (ES)

On 23rd October, PISES celebrated UN Day. The upper school had a debate competition on the topic ‘the pen is mightier than the sword”. I too participated in it and qualified to the final. This is the debate that I delivered:
It is my sincere belief that the pen through which we write words is surely mightier than the sword. Allah Almighty has said in His first revelation “Read! And your Lord is the most generous, He who has taught by the pen, has taught man that he knew not.” These words of the Holy Quran prove the universal truth that pen is the first mightiest thing that has brought a revolution of knowledge, wisdom, and education in human being.
The pen looks like a small ordinary thing. It is also not very costly and it does not have much weight too. Apparently, its structure is also not impressive in its built, but it has great strength and power. The holder of pen is always knowledgeable and learned man. He succeeds everywhere and his orders are obeyed. If the weapon of a warrior is a sword, the weapon of a learned and a commanding authority is the pen. Who so ever held the pen he would get the respect, wealth and fame, and he who left it, would become ineffective, unsuccessful and futile.

History has proved that the pen is mightier. All philosophers, doctors, educated and wise men, scientists, poets, writers and engineers got their repute due to the pen. Their names are still alive today only on account of their books, theories, laws and their written works left behind them. Had they not held the pen in their hand, they would not have had education and ultimately their names would have been buried with them in the grave and remained unknown in oblivion.

The progress of sciences, evolution, and advancement of the world at large, all is indebted to the pen only. The man invented electricity, ships, Aeroplane, radio and television. He is now commanding seas, mountain, rivers, air, water, fire, the Sun the Moon and the Earth. He is willing to go beyond the moon. The man had invented the computer, robot, and he has succeeded in inventing the treatment of previously un-curable diseases. The information technology has brought the countries of the world very closer to each other. The latest news of one end of the world is known to the other end in a fraction of time. All these miracles have been possible by the knowledge delivered by pen.

Now some of us might wonder how the pen can be mightier than the sword. Yes! None can deny the sword has also great importance, because it is the next name of might and power. However, the sword can create havoc, spread a sense of terror like Changez Khan, and conquer the world. With the swords, you can only learn fighting each other. There are many other weapons of terror that has been invented. Now all the super powers have the atomic power, the most destructive weapon of the modern time. The holders of such weapons are supposed to be mightier countries.

Now I ask my opposition to answer how the atom bomb, has been invented. In fact, this is the gift of science or knowledge whose alternate name is pen. This proves that the power itself is not self reliant without the help of pen. The power having no support of pen will never be effective, and will be weak and defenceless. I do not say that the sword and other weapons used are useless, but their use should be strictly limited to self-defence and for the ultimate benefit of mankind.

It is therefore imperative that the sword is used for tyranny and oppression as well as implement justices. Whereas the pen whose second name is knowledge and wisdom makes the nation literate, cultured, and well behaved. The words from pen are always better than blood spilt out by the sword. We could express and convey our feelings of justice and peace through words of wisdom. Our thoughts and opinions, justice and belief, laws of human rights and humanitarian principles can only be written through the pen. You cannot enforce justice and peace through the mightiest sword. The pen is the pioneer of truth and justice, teaches us to help poor, oppressed and downtrodden. The rule of the pen can make the world a peaceful place and a paradise on the Earth.

Pakistan was won by means of the words written by a pen. Quaid-e-Azam, Sir Sayed Ahmad Khan and other Muslim leaders never used the sword to get Pakistan. They wrote the peaceful speeches and publicised their thoughts in words to win Pakistan for the Muslims of India.

Albert Einstein once said, “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war” Franklin Delano Roosevelt also said, “When peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries is in danger.”

Allah almighty says in the Holy Quran “…if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind…” (05:32)   

Let us be united through one agenda of peace for saving the entire humanity by preaching for the global peace through pen, and throw away the sword and destroy all mass- destructive weapons to prevent any future war.
I expect that you all have enjoyed it.

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