Islamic Perspectives

Luqman’s advice to his son

When Luqman said to his son, as he advised him:
‘O my son! Do not ascribe any partners to Allah.
Polytheism is indeed a great injustice.’
We have enjoined man concerning his parents:
His mother carried him through weakness upon weakness,
And his weaning takes two years.
Give thanks to to Me and your parents.
To me is the return.
But if they urge you to ascribe to Me as partner
That of which you Have no knowledge
Then do not obey them
Keep their company honourably in this world and follow the way of him
Who turns to Me penitently.
Then to me will be your return,
Whereat I will inform you
Concerning what you used to do.

‘O my son !
Even if it should be the weight of a mustard seed, and it should be in a rock
In the heaven or in the earth,
Allah will produce it.
Indeed He is all attentive, all aware.

O my son!
Maintain the prayer and bid what is right and forbid what is wrong
And be patient whatever may visit you
That is indeed steadiest of courses.
Do not turn your cheeks disdainfully from the people
And do not walk exultantly on the earth.
Indeed Allah does not like any swaggering braggart
Be modest in your bearing, and lower your voice.
Indeed the ungainliest of voices is the donkey’s voice.
(Holy Qur’an - Surah Luqman 31:13-19)

Exultantly: elated or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success.
Swaggering  braggart: a person who ostentatiously  display  arrogance and conceit.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2011 on page no. 29

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