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The Dangers of Arrogance

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Arrogance is a trait which is disliked by our Creator. He said in the Holy Qur’an:

“[To them] it will be said, “Enter the gates of Hell to abide eternally therein, and wretched is the residence of the arrogant.” (Qur’an 39:72)

We learn from the story in the Qur’an where Allah commanded Iblees to bow down to Adam (AS) but he refused to do so. He showed arrogance and said that he is better than Adam (AS) who was created from clay whilst Iblees was created from fire.

Furthermore, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in hadith that:

“One will not enter Paradise if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart.” (Tirmidhi)

We learn from this the seriousness of the matter. We ask Allah to grant us Jannah (Paradise) and we strive to please Him. The knowledge that one who is arrogant won’t enter Jannah should make us more vigilant and careful not to fall to this sin.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“… truly He [Allah] likes not the proud.” (Qur’an 16:23)

So even if at times it may be something that we didn’t realise about ourselves or our attitude, we should work on avoiding being arrogant and proud. On our journey through this life, we struggle in our trials and we work hard to please our Lord. Allah sees our efforts and rewards us.

Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“I will turn away from My Ayahs (verses of the Quran) those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Ayahs (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them…” (Qur’an 7:146)

This verse should make us realise the consequences of allowing ourselves to succumb to arrogance. Allah tells us that being arrogant will cause to lose sight of the message in the verses of the Qur’an.

We must also ensure we sincerely believe in Allah. It is not enough for us to just pray and recite the Qur’an without firmly believing that Allah is our Lord and that he is in control of everything. He says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Verily! Those who disdain My worship (because of arrogance), they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” (Qur’an 40:60)

It may be that sometimes our arrogance has come about as a result of the way we judge others. Looking at another person and thinking in our minds that we are better than them because they have done something wrong, causes us a lot of harm. We will be the unfortunate as a result of this kind of attitude because our way of thinking will have made us people that are proud, arrogant and who esteem ourselves to be above others.

In reality, we are not. Every person has made mistakes, and we are all required to seek Allah’s forgiveness. Seeking forgiveness will make us humble and focus on ourselves rather than looking for faults in others or making ourselves believe that we are better than them.

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