‘Hikmat’ or “Hikmaah” is the most basic potential, ability, vision, quality and the root of all virtues which opens all avenues of thought and action in a being to develop a multidimensional understanding and approach in a person.
An approach, an understanding, and a wisdom, which emerges under the guidance of revelation and nourishes itself with the help of all sources of knowledge like religious experience, intuition, reason, and sense perception etc. The Quran names to this approach, way of learning and understanding as ‘Hikmat’.
What is meant by Hikmat?
It is an Arabic word. Etymologically it means justice, patience, tolerance, truth, gentleness, knowledge and wisdom etc. For a Muslim, ‘Hikmat’ including all above characteristics is purely a blessing of Almighty Allah (the greatest good).
The Quran (revealed book of Islam) describes this blessing in these words: “He gives ‘Hikmat’ (wisdom) to whom He wills, and whoever has been given ‘Hikmat’ (wisdom) has certainly been given much good.”
According to the Quran, one of the attributive names of Almighty Allah is ‘Hakeem’. Allah named to the Quran as a ‘Book of Hikmat’ (wisdom). He attributed to His last and the chief of all the prophets Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W.)* as ‘Hakeem’ (the wisest man). According to the Quran, one of the major duties of The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) is the teaching of Hikmat (wisdom) to humankind. Almighty Allah has used the words ‘Al-Hikmah’, ‘Hikmat’ or ‘Hakeem’ approximately 125 times in the Quran.
Allah is ‘Hakeem’, Islam is a religion of ‘Hikmat’, Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) is also ‘Hakeem’, his mission is to teach ‘Hikmat’, and the Quran is a book of ‘Hikmat’. Mankind is bound to follow Allah, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), the Quran and the teachings of Islam. So urge of Hikmat, development of Hikmat, and struggle to gain Hikmat is an essential feature and the basic spirit of all words and deeds of a Human. To be a Man of substance means to be a Hakeem.
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