Just imagine the present world without the Internet! Imagine if the smartphones were no longer “smart”, which means there would be no services like Google, WhatsApp, Snapchat and other apps that facilitate easy communication. Imagine if all these technologies were nonexistent, and we were all using the antique Nokia phones.
If this becomes a reality, the services offered by the government will not be affected at all because they would still be analog and manual. Even application forms would continue to go under the blows of a typewriter, but when it comes to reading government’s official statements, we read it through the e-government portal. How comical is that?
The Internet has become a necessity in the current world. It has made things easier to accomplish and facilitate easy communication between people who are thousands of miles apart. This easy communication can be fully appreciated by those who live far apart, and those who used to endure international calls through government’s switchboards or using prepaid calling cards or sending audio cassettes and letters through postal offices.
Imagine living a whole week without the Internet – no Google Maps to assist you with finding locations, no e-payment services, no instant news updates, and many other taxing activities which we currently take for granted due to the Internet.
Interestingly, there are people who have forgotten the existence of newspapers, and if the newspaper’s box still stands outside the house; in fact, there are those who cannot bet whether newspapers are still published in paper or if people continue to subscribe to their favorite newspapers.
Undoubtedly, the Internet is a blessing to mankind. The Almighty Allah inspired creativity in intellectual people to come up with this wonderful gift to humanity which keeps on becoming better and better with every sunrise.
This invention has created massive wealth according to magazines such as Forbes; therefore, it is imperative to motivate and support scientific cadres to continue pursuing inventions which would better humanity, as opposed to supporting things which are just accomplishments on paper but add no value to the world or the human societies.
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By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi
“People are more in need of knowledge than food and drink. A man needs food and drinks once or twice a day — but their need for knowledge equates every breath they take” – Arab Muslim jurist, theologian and ascetic Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (780AD-855AD)