By: Muhammad Noman Rasheed
It is often said ‘Nations who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it.’ Therefore, Hira Foundation School (Boys Campus) geared up students of Grade VI and we sailed thousands of years back stepping into the National Museum of Pakistan on Thursday morning.
The group consisted of about forty students led by Mr. Muhammad Noman & Mr. Zeeshan Aman, the history & geography teachers and received a warm welcome by the staff and the guides followed by the briefing of the trip.
Our students were stunned to see the well arranged display of the relics of religion, history, civilization, lifestyle, art and architecture altogether in the same place with great attraction and beauty.
As a miniature of the subcontinent the museum, we were able to explore thousands of years in just a few hours that might not be achieved in thousands of classes. Beginning from the galleries of Mohen-jo-Daro, Harappa & Gandhra we encountered images, sculptures and other objects of archaeological and historical value excavated from the mysterious lands of the subcontinent.
The latter ones were of even greater importance and value as our students found the richest, proudest and the most glorious history of Muslims. The coins, the weapons, including the swords, spears, shields and helmets and subsequently art and architecture, each masterpiece left the students in wonderment and excitement of how great the Muslims were, are and will be forever which we should know about and appreciate.
The gallery of Quran as compared to the whole trip should be mentioned with the highest degree of respect and love which was the greatest attraction to our students. All of them took great interest and paid great attention to the collection of Quran-ul-Kareem written in different styles using precious materials such as gold. All of the sets were not just old but priceless as well as some referred originally to the time back to caliphs, especially Hazrat Usman Ghani (R.A).
It was an amazing learning experience for the students who expressed their willingness to visit such historical places often.