Fine speech of Muhammad (PBUH) about wisdom
In a part of a long hadith there is a quote saying: a famous priest, descendant of Judah -Jesus’s (PBUH) apostle- named Simeon -Ibn- Levi asked Muhammad (PBUH) lots of questions. And Muhammad (PBUH) answered them all although they were so many, finally he believed Muhammad (PBUH) and confirmed him. Now we mention one of them which is about wisdom.
Simeon asked: what is wisdom and how is it? And explain its classification to me.
Muhammad (PBUH) said: wisdom is something which prevents ignorance and the self is like the worst animals, if it is not prevented, then it will wander, so the wisdom controls ignorance. And after creation of wisdom, God said to it: come and it came and ordered it to get back and it got back. Then God said: swear to my Greatness, I did not create anything more valuable and obedient than wisdom. I start with you and end with you. The reward and the penalty both belong to you. Then the wisdom led to patience, patience led to knowledge, knowledge led to consciousness, Consciousness led to probity, probity led to abstinence, abstinence led to shame, shame led to dignity, dignity led to repetition of goodness, repetition of goodness led to abhorrence of crime and it led to sequacity.