Words of Wisdom by Luqman

Luqman, also known as Luqman al-Hakeem or ‘Luqman the wise’ was a popular man of wisdom. He was dedicated an entire chapter in Qur’an, the thirty-first Surah (Chapter), named Surah Luqman. Luqman is believed to have been originated from Ethiopia. The Qur’an does not specifically mention that Luqman is a Prophet, however many scholars believe him to be one. The following are a few words of wisdom by Luqman, the wise.

 “O my son! Perform Salah (prayers), enjoin (people) for Al-Maroof (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from AlMunkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allah, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befalls you. Verily! These are some of the important commandments ordered by Allah with no exemption. (Quran: Luqman: 17)

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster. (Quran: Luqman: 18)

“And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the donkey.”  (Quran: Luqman: 19)

Abdullah Ibn Ahmed said: I was told by Al-­Hakam Ibn Abu Zuhair Ibn Musa after Al-Faraj Ibn Fudalah after Abu Sa’id as saying: Luqman said to his son: “O my son! Let only the pious men eat your food, and consult the scholars over your affairs.”

“O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle (in bringing out that grain), WellAware (of its place). (Quran: Luqman: 16)

Abu Mu’awiyah told us after Hisham Ibn ‘Urwah after his father as saying: “Wisdom dictates: O my son: Let your speech be good and your face be smiling, you will be more loved by the people than those who give them provisions.” And, he said: “It is stated in the wisdom -or the Torah – : “Kindness is the head of wisdom.” And, he said: “It is stated in the Torah: “As you show mercy (to others), mercy will be shown to you.”

And, he said: “It is stated in the wisdom: “You will gain what you give (or, harvest what you grow).”

And, he said: “It is stated in the wisdom: “Love your friend and the friend of your father.”

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