IF we look
around ourselves today, we shall find every individual diseased with this
ailment. The only difference is that there are various intensities of this
disorder. Some people are replete with this and others have traces. Wise men
have diagnosed this disease by the name of ‘Arrogance’. People who are
victimized by arrogance are usually the types who are insecure and those who
suffer from some sort of inferiority complex. It is this display of pride which
costs them dearly in this world and the next. For such people Allah Subhanahu
says that they are the most disliked being of His who harbour even an atom of
pride in their hearts.
is the most despised attribute in Islam, because the essence of its teachings
delves upon utmost humility among mankind. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is quoted on
pride; “The one who possesses half of mustard seed of Kibr in his heart shall
not be granted admission to Jannah; and the one who possesses half of a mustard
seed of Imân shall not enter the (Eternal) Fire.” History is replete with the
examples of personalities infested with the ills of arrogance and it also
provides for us valuable lessons from the stories of Iblis (Satan), Nimrod,
Pharaoh and the likes of Abu Jahl. They all came to a devastating end simply
because they considered themselves as worthy of all praise and took pride in
their power, pelf and position.
occasion Holy Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said, “Whoever has an atom of
pride in his heart will not enter Paradise.” The extent to which Allah Taala
despises pride is evident from the fact that He did not consider the years long
prayers and Ibaadah of Iblis when, he refused to bow down in front of Hazrat
Adam (A.S) and in fact Iblis thought that he was created of fire, while Adam
was created of clay, and that fire was superior to clay. Therefore, he was
punished and rejected from Allah’s Mercy until the end of time. It is clearly
mentioned in the Holy Quran; “Allah will put the proud to disgrace and
ill-repute (dishonour) in the Hereafter’
examples in front of us where Allah and his Messengers have despised even an
atom of conceit. Then why as Muslim Ummah are we plagued with this untoward
menace. Why cant we follow in the footsteps of revered personalities such as
the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions, who despite having power and
position never let an iota of vanity cross their hearts. Unfortunately, we have
distanced ourselves from the lofty attributes of humility. We are completely
unaware of the joy of completing our own tasks by ourselves; we consider it
demeaning to run our own personal errands. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to wash
his own clothes, cook his own food and even clean his own house by himself and
yet didn’t have any qualms about it.
of vainglory can be embedded in assuming superior knowledge, wealth, physical
attractiveness, piety, family lineage, status, position and power. All these
possessions become meaningless to Allah, for He will judge a man on his
character and conduct. One’s wealth, health, colour, caste, creed will become
utterly irrelevant to Him on the day of resurrection, only our deeds shall
speak for us. At one place Allah Ta’ala said, ‘Perish man! How thankless he is!
Of what did He create him? Of a sperm-drop. He created him, and determined him,
and then made the way easy for him.
makes him die, buries him, and then, when He wills, raises him.’ The above ayat
distinctly states the weakness of man, as he is brought into this world from
nothingness by the Glory of Almighty, and subsequent to his transition from non
existence into existence He grants man with all the blessings in this world and
then eventually, man returns into the state of nothingness by the will of Allah
to be raised again on the day of judgment. It depicts the sheer helplessness of
man! No power except the Divine resolve can alter this inevitability. It makes
one wonder, what is the vanity all about then?
Aziz is a senior banker with interest in Religion.