Recognising Arrogance & Pride

by Hafeed Abdul Kader
We all are aware that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala doesn’t like people who have pride and arrogance (Kibr). In a Hadeeth our beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam said to the nearest meaning that a person cannot enter Jannah who has even an atom of arrogance in his heart.
Our Shaykh went on to explain the hadeeth by defining some of the telling signs of this detrimental spiritual illness: “When a person refuses to accept what is the truth, and when the person starts to inherently despise people; looking down on them, and thinking that they are better than them then this condition is a sign that arrogance is embedded in the depth of that person’s heart. It is very easy to define this illness and very easy to check within:For example, two people are in dispute, one is on verity and truth whilst the other has erred or upon falsehood. If the one who is on falsehood refuses to accept the truth, although he knows within himself that he is in the wrong and refuses to accept that he is in error, is displaying the trait of of pride and arrogance.

Arrogance was a salient feature of the non-believers during the times when the Messengers of Allah (peace and blessings be upon all of them) used to be amongst them. The Messengers and Prophets (peace and blessings be upon all of them) came with the stark truth, and proclaimed it amongst their people. Some accepted this truth, whereas some rejected it. Those that rejected, however were the non-believers, and history shows that it was nothing but arrogance that led them to reject the Divine Message [as they all affirmed to the truthfulness and nobility of the Prophets, upon them be peace, but didn’t want to forgo their own transgression]”.

Shaykh then went on to give a warning as to how terrible this illness is and what effects it has in this life and the Hereafter:

“This is a very dangerous illness; Allah Subhaanahu wata’aala will surely humiliate this person. Whereas the one who accepts the truth with humility for the pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu wata’aala is liked by Allah, and this person will be raised.”

The punishment of the arrogant in this world is that nobody, in reality, will have respect for him. This person will always remain in a constant frustration of some thought or another, because of always wanting others to be subservient, and to obey him.

Shaykh further mentions a Hadeeth about Jannah & Jahannum having a dialogue:

“Jannah said that it was better than Jahannam because of having denizens that were humble [which was liked by Allah]; Jahannam replied that it was much better than Jannah because it’s denizens [were criminals, and disobeyed Allah and] were extremely arrogant”.

Shaykh summarised this lecture in a nutshell:

Arrogance and pride is the root of all spiritual illnesses, and it brings about out conceit, jealousy, anger, etc. and a whole host of other spiritual maladies. Correct this, and you’ll go well in correcting the other ailments.

May Allah safeguard us all from this despicable illness and give us true humbleness”.

(Courtesy of In Shaykh’s Company)

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