`Abdullah ibn Mas`ud reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, “No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter the Garden.” A man said, “And if a man like his clothes to be good and his sandals to be good?” He said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means to renounce the truth and abase people.” (Muslim) This hadith tells us all we need to know about the blameworthy nature of pride. The essence of pride is to consider yourself superior to someone else and this is in fact the original sin since is if the cause of Shaytan being banished from the presence of Allah. When he was commanded to prostrate before Adam, Shaytan replied: “I am better than him. You created me from fire and You created him from clay.” (7:12) Allah then said to him: “Descend from Heaven. It is not for you to be arrogant in it. So get out! You are one of the abased.” (7:13)

The reason that pride is so destructive to the heart is that it precludes the possibility of a person having humility which is a necessary condition for all virtue. It means that a person is arrogating to themselves a quality that in reality is the sole province of their Creator and by doing that cut themselves off from any possibility of true worship of their Lord. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said, “Allah, the Mighty and Exalted, said, ‘Might is My wrapper, and pride is My cloak and I will punish anyone who contends with me [for them].’ ” (Muslim)

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


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