The Wise Counsel of Luqmān by By Shaikh ʿAbdu’l–Razzāq Ibn ʿAbdu’l-Muḥsin al-Badr
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Al-Hikmah is a divine prerogative. It is a gift from Allāh granted to whomever
He Wills from among His servants. Some define it as 'beneficial knowledge
that corroborates with good righteous deeds'; others say it is 'doing an
appropriate act at the most appropriate time and place'; and yet others
deem it to be foresightedness, comprehension, felicitous conduct and good
opinion. All of these definition are in fact befitting and apt.
Allāh, The Most High bestowed Luqmān (upon him be peace) with much
foresight, intelligence and profound judgement - injecting it deep into his
heart whereby his words, deeds and manners were grounded in wisdom.
Allāh Revealed: "And indeed we bestowed upon Luqmān Al-
Hikmah..." [Luqmān (31): 12]
The instructions and advices found in the story of Luqmān Al-Ḥakīm
comprise noble guidance and contain perfect conduct in inviting people
towards Allāh, and nurturing of children. It speaks of proper upbringing
of a generation, describing ways to success and teaching people holistic
goodness. Making it incumbent upon every mentor, father and teacher to
pay attention to the prescriptions found therein; providing contemplation and
deriving exemplary lesson plans in the field of propagating and education.
These lessons can tangibly facilitate in drawing hearts and enriching minds.
Consisting of elementary details that appeal to one’s good conscience; for
indeed putting across Allāh’s Message to mankind requires proper planning
and tact that is plentiful within the story. One who advises to such a degree
is indeed blessed with prudence - a blessing from Allāh, not just for Luqmān
but for anyone who takes him as a role-model.