On History Channel late Thursday evening, they showcased some of Greek's famed historical figures including those of Alexander as well as Ptolemy. Though I was never into history whilst in school, I find myself drawn to it with each passing day since, and have always wondered what or how it was like in the past especially on the first meet of 2 civilisations. For instance, what exactly took place and on the minds of the people like Hernan Cortez and the South American indigeneous people like the Aztecs, and later the Incas.
As horses was introduced to South America by the Spaniards, I read that the Aztecs came to nearly worshipping people like Cortez simply because they saw him riding on one and thought he was a god (they thought Cortez and the horse was a single heavenly being). When he dismounted, it shocked them even more to note that the two are mere creatures of this planet.
But it must have been exciting then - for both civilisations - to meet for the first time, the horrifying historic details aside; while one had loot and plunder in mind, the other was shaken to the core of their belief. Time and again I have to remind myself that the these South American people, were at the peak of their civilisation and feeling all high and mighty, only to be met with another from a land far away and arguably, one on a higher plateu. The carnage brought by the Spaniards, proved to be disastrous for the Aztecs, Maya and Incas. To this day, their descendants have not been able to rise again while many have lost their roots. The only physical remembrance of their civilisation lay in the ruins of their cities deep in the jungles, where once stood cities literally brimming with gold (gold was of meaningless value to them and functioned only as decorative ornaments for buildings which include doors made from it).
Or maybe, closer to home. If I could, I would surely would like to witness the rise of the Royal Courts in Melaka, Betawi, Kelantan, Mataram and many others, or to meet figures who are legendary and historical. Or, how was it like when Admiral Cheng Ho first came to Melaka. Undoubtedly, there were already Chinese and Indians in the city, but it does interest me on how they communicated with each other on their first meet. There are, so many interesting things of the past which I would dearly love to be a witness to, that I dream should I be accepted into Allah's Heaven, I would like the history of human beginning from the Prophet Adam a.s., right to the last man alive, to be staged for me. Perhaps it would quite like the Simulation Deck of The Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations. That certainly would be a wish come true. But alas, it remains a dream. And that too, should I be accepted into Heaven.
For now, I have come to reasoning and face the fact that with the limitations I have (as each of us do), it would be more practical for me to instead offer wishes to all my friends and visitors to this humble blog. Though it may be somewhat early, it is from my heart and with all sincerity.
Memohon maaf kepada semua
di atas kesilapan dan salahkata yang pasti ada
kerana sesungguhnya kita ini hamba kepada Nya
Yang Maha Mengasihi dan Maha Berkuasa
Selamat Menyambut Aidil Fitri yang mulia.
tapi kali ini bukan cakap saja.
p.s. Hmm...perhaps tomorrow, I can begin again with my heavenly wish? :)
p.s. p.s. 123greetings had this lovely picture above and named 'Colours of Islam'. I think it is beautiful as it showed people of different races and skin colour under a single banner. For truly, as a Muslim I believe, we are all brothers and sisters within the human race. And none is better than the other except for he/she of taqwa. Unfortunately, I could not find the card.