Tricia Pethic Dr. Michot
r Survey 5/11/2011
n of the Qur
n: Wisdom Traditions in Conversation with Tafa
odest the rophet uh
was reported to have said ‘can onl bring about good.
When this saying was told by
ᶜmra n b. usan d. a ompanion of the rophet another ompanion us
ayr b. Ka
countered with a different saing from another source: t is written in the hikma that ‘modest is partl gravit and partl imperturbabilit. ᶜmra
replied in irritation ‘ am telling ou about the essenger of God and ou are telling me about
The above quote demonstrates the tension that existed, and continues to exist, between the acceptance of wisdom traditions, and the revelation or inspired words of prophets. Do the latter render the former obsolete?
discomfort with consulting a scroll while a prophet lived among his people, seems at odds with the fact that the Qur
n, appears to lend credence to the already-known
nian wisdom that then circulated, just as it did for other well-known figures such as al-Khidr. The Companions
readiness to hear non-Qur
n may surprise segments of the Muslim community who are closer perhaps to
ᶜ ‟ y‟.
ayr was not alone,
mit and other Companions. While some figures are mentioned in the Qur
n by name, the identities of others are furthe
dith, while the identities of others are left entirely vague in both sources.
r literature is a valuable resource that provides an indication of what sources were turned to throughout the ages in order to resolve
Arabic Wisdom Literature: Nature and Scope,
Journal of the American Oriental Society, 101, No. 1( Jan-Mar 1981): 49.