The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “No one who has an atom’s-weight of Pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty, Pride means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.- [Sahih Muslim]
The word or the name for arrogance/pride in Arabic is ‘Kibr’. This is the inner quality of pride. The name of the outward quality is ‘Takabbur’ which means arrogance.
Arrogance is a blameworthy characteristic which is the feature of Iblees and his followers in this world, those on whose hearts Allah has placed a seal.
Signs of a Person Having Pride/Arrogance:
He doesn’t like others to have what he has
He cannot avoid anger
He cannot avoid being jealous of others
He doesn’t accept advice from others
He doesn’t want to listen or accept advice from a learned person or even attend lessons
When advising people he always puts them down
When speaking he will say good remarks about himself
When he speaks he speaks with pride to let people know he has knowledge
He deals with people in bad way
He walks in bad way
He has looks down at people because he is wealthier, or has a better appearance.
The cure for arrogance involves Knowledge and Action which involves the following remedies:
Firstly, you should know and recognise your Lord and know and recognise your own self as you should be recognised, and that you are not worthy of greatness and that true greatness and pride are only for Allah.
Secondly, you should think of yourself as being just like other people and realize that they are like you; they were born from a mother and a father just as you were, and that taqwa (piety, fear of Allah) is the true criterion of superiority.
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At?Taqwa [i.e. he is one of the Muttaqoon (the pious)” [Al-Hujuraat, 49:13]
And finally, know and realize that on the Day of Resurrection the person with pride will be gathered in a small form like an ant which will be trampled underfoot as The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “On the Day of Resurrection, the arrogant will be gathered like ants in the form of men. Humiliation will overwhelm them from all sides. They will be driven to a prison in Hell called Bawlas, with the hottest fire rising over them, and they will be given to drink of the juice of the inhabitants of Hell, which is teenat al-khabaal.” [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi -Classed as Hasan by Sh al-Albaani]
Arrogant people are hated by other people just as they are hated by Allah; people love humble, tolerant and gentle people, and they hate those who are harsh and cruel to people.
Allah addressed his believing slaves in surah al-Anfaal when He says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَتَّقُوا اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَكُمْ فُرْقَانًا وَيُكَفِّرْ عَنْكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ O you who have believed, if you fear Allah , He will…
“Indeed the tawakkul (trusting in Allah) of a slave will not be sound until his tawheed is sound; rather the reality of tawakkul is tawheed of the heart.So as long as there are attachments of shirk in it, his tawakkul will be ill. Indeed when…
Wish I was worthy, I guess I’m not - How many times have I stood in Qiyaam, limbs in Ruku but the heart lacked kushu. How many times have I opened Your book, left it on the shelf covered in dust, went away with with no lessons learnt, life unchanged, without a second look.
If the Prophet sal allahu alehi wa salam cared about being “politically correct” by the standards of Makkah when Islam was first reveled- then the message of Islam would not have been spread very far.
Instead he introduced a new way of life to the people and he was relentless. He stood up for the Islamic rulings, and he lived by them. He taught us how we should conduct ourselves. He didn’t compromise Islam to appease those who worshiped idols. He rejected what went against the Pleasure of Allah. He gave us a message to last through time. Something that we should all adhere to.
The only kind of “politically correct” we should be is enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil- by the standards of Allah swt. Not by the standards of what society we live in.
Don’t let this Dunya drag you into defense of the impermissible.
When facing any topic learn the Islamic rulings on it before you speak up. Societies and their morals change every few years. Islam does not.
“Verily knowledge is more precious than wealth. Knowledge preserves you, while you preserve wealth. Knowledge judges while wealth is judged upon. The possessors of wealth have died, while the possessors of knowledge live on. Their (the scholars) bodies have passed away, but they are still present in the hearts of the people.”—Alee Ibn Abee Taalib (radiyallaahu anhu) [Adab Al-Dunya Wa Al-Deen, p.48] (via path-to-the-salaf)
“Acquire knowledge, you will be known by it. Perform deeds and you will be the men of knowledge. A time will come after you when nine out of ten truths will be rejected. None, but the oft-repeating penitent will be safe. They are the leaders of guidance, lights of knowledge, not hasty or verbose.”—Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiAllaahu anhu)
“In the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s closest friend, Abu Bakr (Radi Allah Anhu), is a beautiful example of mercy and forgiveness. After his daughter, `Ayesha (Radi Allah Anha), was slandered in the worst way, Abu Bakr (Radi Allah Anhu) found out that the man who began the rumor was a cousin who Abu Bakr had been supporting financially. Naturally Abu Bakr withheld the charity he had been giving the slanderer. Soon after, Allah revealed the following verse (ayah): “Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want and those who migrated in the path of Allah. Let them forgive and overlook. Do you not wish that Allah should forgive you? Indeed Allah is oft-Forgiving, most Merciful.” (Surat An-Noor, 24:22) Upon hearing this ayah, Abu Bakr resolved that he did want Allah’s forgiveness, and so he not only continued to give his cousin money, he gave him more.
Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), “Whoever spends two of the same thing in the path of Allaah will be invited from the gates of paradise as follows: ’O slave of Allaah, this is good.’
Whoever is from the people of prayer will be invited from the gate of prayer. Whoever is from the people of Jihaad will be invited from the gate of Jihaad. Whoever is from the people of fasting will be invited from the gates of Ar-Rayyaan. And whoever is from the people of Charity will be invited from the gates of charity.”
Abu Bakr asked, “And is there anyone who will be invited from all of those gates?”
The Prophet said, “Yes, and I hope that you will be one of them, O Abu Bakr.”
“Khadija was a great teacher; she has such a maqaam (rank) in our religion. She taught the Prophet salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam who he was; she was the one who elevated him in his esteem. When he had self doubt she said no. You can see that when the Prophet salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam married Aisha he had no fear of strong women. Theres a lot of men who fear strong women, who want them to be wallflowers. Whereas with the Prophet salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam, that’s not the type of people he encouraged. His wives were women who talked back, and the reason he wasn’t afraid was because khadija was his first wife. She was a woman of the world. She knew the world, and she was completely self confident. That’s a sunnah of our Prophet salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam, to elevate women.”—Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (via thebeautyofislam)
“”When she is a daughter, she opens a door of Jannah for her father. When she is a wife, she completes half of the Deen of her husband. When she is a mother, Jannah lies under her feet - If everyone knew the true status of a Muslim woman in Islam, even the men would want to be women.”—