Once in human history there was a man named Luqman. He was not a prophet but very pious and wise man. He was born in Africa but later on caught as a slave and sold in another country. It is the story of Luqman and his Son.
Who was Luqman?
Luqman was very respected and wise. He was very beloved by ALLAH and his status was as high that ALLAH mentioned his name in the Quran. He always used to give good advises to his children. His advice’s are similarly good and useful for all children of the world.
Once Luqman advised his son, “Oh son! Do not bind your heart in seeking the pleasure of people. You are not likely to be successful. Do not pay attention to what people say. Instead tell yourself always to seek the pleasure of God.”
Luqman dearly wanted his son to remember his lessons he advised his son to never forget these lessons. He thought of a way. Once he asked his son to ride a donkey. His son obeyed his order. Then son was riding a donkey and his father followed him on foot.They traveled for some miles. On their way they faced a group of people. One of them said “what a bad and impolite boy. See father is walking and son is riding the donkey. This is so bad he is not giving respect to his father.
Luqman and his son heard this. Now they changed their positions, son came down from donkey and Luqman started to ride a donkey. After travelling some miles they faced a group of people. One of them said listen old man this is not fair that you are comfortably riding a donkey and your son is walking behind you in hot son. This is not a way to bring up a son.
Journey and donkey:
Luqman came down from the donkey. Both luqman and his son started walking. The donkey walked in front of both. After passing some miles People observed them, said, “How foolish you are? Why are you walking behind a donkey. Why don’t you ride it?”
Luqman and his son again focused on what people said. They both rode the donkey and went some miles away. They reached in front of river. There was a bridge to be crossed. Some people were sitting there. People saw Luqman and his son riding the donkey. One of them said, “It is very cruel and unkind of you two to ride on the donkey. The little animal can hardly take your entire burden.”
So taking this advice Luqman and his son came down from the donkey. They traveled some miles. Looking very carefully Luqman said to his son, “You have seen and heard what the people said. It must have certain you, by now, that whichever you move or whatever you do; one is not able to satisfy the people of the world.” He pointed towards the flowing river and said,
“A person can build a wall across the river. It will stop the flow of the water. But it is not possible to shut the mouth of the people from criticism.”
Same is the case with this world. Our tongue has no bone. Even it can speak without thought. There are many people in the world so as much opinions as there. It is very in human to find faults in others even when they are doing something good.
A person can feel very bad when he listens to all the people that talk bad. So, To avoid getting hurt by bad talk, a person should train himself. He can manage himself to think. By thinking he can know what is void and wrong. When a person is sure that what he is doing will satisfy his Master, the Allah, and then he must never worry what others speak.