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Pride and Arrogance

عن أبي مجلز قال خرج معاوية على ابن الزبير وابن عامر، فقام ابن عامر وجلس ابن الزبير، فقال معاوية لابن عامر: اجلس؛ فإني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: "من أحب أن يمثل له الرجال قيامًا؛ فليتبوّأ مقعده من النار". رواه أبو داود والترمذي وأحمد والبخاري.


Translation: Abu Mijlaz said, “Mu'awiyah went out to Ibn az-Zubayr and Ibn Amir. Ibn Amir got up and Ibn az-Zubayr remained sitting. Mu'awiyah said to Ibn Amir, “Sit down, for I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “Let him who likes people to stand up before him prepare his place in Hell.”


Ibn Rushd explains that the prohibition is because the motif behind it is arrogance and disgracing the people with it. The prohibition here is not for the person who stands out of honor for him. Rather it is for the one who others stand for. (Sharh Sunan Abi Daud: 19: 583)


A side effect of all the individuality promoted by our multimedia. Whether it be through social media, television or even motivational seminars, they ignite the flames of our ego ablaze. Consequently, people have unknowingly become arrogant and egoistic due to thoughts in the manner of ‘I feel…’, ‘I deserve …’, ‘I think…’ and ‘I believe in myself’ recurring constantly in our minds. Such thoughts unwittingly turn confidence into pride and arrogance.

The hadeeth above foretells the fate of a person who has the deadly sin of pride. As servants of Allah and one of His creations, we cannot have pride because it will necessitate us putting ourselves first before Allah. This can clearly be seen in the famous tale of the proud devil Iblis’ refusal to prostrate himself out of honor before Adam. Even though this was by the command of Allah (S.W.T).

A simple treatment for arrogance is dhikr. When we remember who we really are, whom we serve and how we are nothing compared to Him, pride and arrogance will never find a foothold in our hearts. Our souls will bloom with humility and sparkle with its beauty.



Prepared by Jemaan Aqil of Alim 6




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