It’s 2.50 am. And I am still working. But at this moment, I was getting a bit tired of editing my work and M.Nasir’s Akar-Kita song blasted as my companion through the night. I’ve listened to this song for years and have tried to decipher the lyrics in many ways but only tonight, through it, I learnt about a personality of the past.
Harus menjalar dalam dan jauh
Bicara sang pohon keramat tua
Kalau mahu matahari
Langit tinggi lagi jelas pandangan
Mudah baca cabaran mendatang
Mudah buat perkiraan
Matang dan tepat kesasaran
(Hujan tak datang)
Hati tak resah atau rasa gundah
Bila jejari membenam ke mata air
Itulah pesanan Lukman
Pada putranya di waktu duha
Dia pergi mencari suara emas
The whole lyric is very poetic. But I am more interested to know about the Lukman in it. The one who gave advice to his son ‘di waktu duha’ ( in the mid-morning). All along I had suspected that it would be Luqman al Hakim (and I found out tonight that I was right ) but only tonight’s snooping around led me to find out more about this small built woodsmith who was famous for his advices to his son, Ibnu Katsir who later went on to be one of Islam’s greatest scholars and learned man.
I found the list of the advices of Luqman to his son here. May her soul be blessed for sharing.
Now my playlist is playing BonJovi’s Always. I don’t think I need to wonder which ‘babeyyy’ he is serenading about. Some blond of the season, perhaps.