Conceit is sometimes confused with pride but the two are quite different. The proud person always needs another to be superior to whereas with a conceited person it is a matter of themselves alone. They are the kind of people who think they can do no wrong but that is the greatest self-delusion. “Say: ‘Shall I inform you of the greatest losers respecting their actions? People whose efforts in the life of this world are misguided while they suppose that they are doing good.'” (18:99) Conceit is such a destructive force in the heart because the conceited person is above all concerned with affirming their own identity and, by doing that, making their own selves a barrier between themselves and their Lord. They literally idolise themselves, turn themselves into the object of their worship. We find in the Qur’an: “Have you seen him who has taken his whims and desires to be his god?” (25:43)

(Islam – Its Basic Practices and Beliefs, Abdalhaqq Bewley)


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