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Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

6th January 2011

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Allah, the Exalted, says:

"Musa (Moses - peace be upon him) said: "Verily, I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant one who believes not in the Day of Reckoning!"" [40:27][

"Truly, He likes not the proud." [16:23]

"And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster." [31:18]

The Prophet (salallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "Once a man was walking along in a new set of clothes, with a swagger to his step, pleased with himself. Allah caused the earth to swallow him and he will keep sinking until the Last Day.” [Bukhari] "Tyrants and the arrogant will be raised on the last Day as grain strewn under feet that the people will walk upon.” [At- Tirmidhi and Ahmad]

Arrogance, as early Muslims said, was the first fault against Allah: Allah, the Exalted, says: "And (remember) when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam.". And they prostrated except Iblis (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allah)." [2:34]

Therefore, Faith is of no avail if arrogance exists, as was the cause with Iblis. The Prophet (salallahu 'alayhi wa sallam): "Arrogance is belittling to admit the truth and considering people inferior.” [Muslim]

"Arrogance is refusing to acknowledge what is right and considering others to be inferior.” [Al-Hakim] "No one with the slightest particle of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” [Al-Bukhari]

Allah, the Exalted, says in a Hadith Qudsi: "Pride is My garment and haughtiness My Mantle: whoever vies with Me for them I will throw into Hell.” [Muslim] The Messenger of Allah (salallahu 'alayi wa sallam) said: "A debate took place between heaven and hell. The latter said: 'In me shall enter tyrant and the arrogant people,' while heaven said, 'In me shall enter the weak and the lowly.' Allah decided the issue by saying, 'You are heaven, My mercy, through you I shall have mercy on whomsoever I please; and you are hell, a place of punishment, through you I shall chastise whomsoever I like. It is incumbent upon Me to fill both of you!'” [Al-Bukhari]

"Shall I tell you who the people of the Hell-Fire are. The cruel, the haughty and the arrogant.” "There are three people whom Allah will not speak to, look at, or exonerate on the Day of Judgement, and who will have a painful torment: he who wears the hem of his garment low (out of pride), he who reminds recipients of his charity to them and he who sells merchandise swearing that he paid more for it than he actually did.” [Muslim, An-Nisa'i and Ibn Majah]

Salama Ibn Al-Akwa' recounted that a man was eating with his left hand in the presence of the Prophet (salallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). The Prophet (salallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) told him, "Eat with your right." To which the man replied, "I cannot." Though nothing stopped him but arrogance. The Prophet (salallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said, "May you not be able to." And the man could never lift his right hand to his mouth again. [Ahmad and AI-Hakim and it is an authentic hadith]

The wickedest arrogance is that of someone who exalts himself over people of his learning and gloats to himself about his superiority. The knowledge of such person is of absolutely no benefit to him. Whoever learns sacred knowledge for the sake of the next world is unsettled by his learning, his heart is humbled and his ego lowered. Such a person lies in wait for his selfishness and never gives it free rein. He constantly takes his ego to task and corrects it. Were he to neglect it, it would diverge from the right path and destroy him. The person who seeks knowledge to take pride in it or gain a position of leadership, looking disdainfully at other Muslims, thinking them fools and making light to them all this is the most enormous arrogance, and no one with the slightest particle of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise. There is no power nor might save in Allah Most High, Most Glorious.

[Al-Kaba'ir, Imam Dhahabi]

also see:

The Result Of Arrogance -

The Disgrace Of Pride -

Im Not Proud! -!.html

Delete Good deeds faster than a click of a button - The Disease of Pride -

Isbal - Wearing trousers below the ankles -

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