This week in our tafseer class, we had Respected Mufti Ebrahim Desai Daamat Barakaatuhum come and conduct the class. Alhamdu Lillah. He mentioned about Hakeem Luqman, who is mentioned in the Qur'aan, in fact a surah is named after him.
He was apparently an Abyssinian slave (he did become free in later life). He was short, with thick lips and cracked heels. Although he was a slave, his master loved him dearly. He was very wise (Hakeem) and many people would listen to his advices. The key to his success was:
- Guarding his tongue
- Minding his own business
Mufti saheb Damat Barakaatuhum mentioned 8 advices that Luqman 'Alayhis Salaam considered the best. I will briefly type them out, Insha Allah.
- Guard your tongue
- Guard your eyes in other people's houses (This was interesting. The reason for this is twofold, one being there may be non-mahram's around, and the other being that you will be inspecting all the things the other person has, which may lead to you asking them questions about things they don't want to answer, and even envy and jealousy.)
- Guard your heart while reading salaah. (It shouldn't be your body is reading salaah yet your mind is on a worldwide tour, or even in the kitchen)
- Guard your stomach while eating
- Don't speak about your favours upon others
- Don't speak about the injustice others have done upon you
- Don't ever forget Allah (This does not simply mean say "Allah, Allah" all the time; it means that along with Zikr, one's every action should be according to Allah's will.)
- Don't ever forget death