Saturday, November 1, 2008

I don’t know

For the time being I keep thinking that the discovery and research regarding human body was completed because the substance of research which is our body can be seen with our naked eyes compared to the study regarding cosmos; galaxy and stars. It really mysterious. But later I discover that there are still many things in human body remain unknown.

During my anatomy practical, we were taught that our right lung was divided into three lobes and the left lung only divided into 2 lobes. I ask him “Prof, why both of the lungs did not have same number of lobe? Does it have something to do and affect it function?” .He takes a long time to reply me and humbly said ‘I don’t know’. I was totally stunned with that answer. With more than 40 years of experience in anatomy, I don’t expect him to answer like that.

This situation reminded me with one story. Anas bin Malik was a great Muslim scholar during the period of sahabah. One day, one man came to him and asked him 100 questions. He can answer all the questions but surprisingly 10 question out of 100 that the man asked, Anas bin Malik replied ‘I don’t know’. The man was unsatisfied with his answer and said “Anas, you are the most knowledgeable person among us, you should not reply me with this kind of answer”. Anas then replied, “It’s true that I have more knowledge compared to others but the all- knowing is not me but ALLAH”

Say: "If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my Lord, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid."

(al kahfi:109)