The Disease of Pride

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).

The disease of pride and arrogance deletes all traces of goodness and piety.  This is the worst vice in causing havoc to Diyn and a regrettable disease to have for the followers of this perfect and exalted religion.  It launches a direct attack on beliefs and principles.  If ignored and overlooked for sometime it becomes fatal and incurable, and gives rise to other spiritual maladies and vices, which are no less than four in number, as, mentioned below.

Arrogance leads to being deprived of truth and truthfulness.  The heart becomes blind to the knowledge about Allah (s.w.t.).  It is a very grievous vice in which the mind of a man becomes dull and impervious to the understanding of Diyn.  Allah (s.w.t.) Says in the Holy Qur’an:

Those who behave arrogantly on the earth in defiance of right them - will I Turn away from My Signs ... (Surah al-A’araf:146)

Allah (s.w.t.) Says, also, in the Qur’an:

“Thus doth Allah Seal up every heart - of arrogant and obstinate transgressors.” (Surah Ghafir:35)

The Wrath and Punishment of Allah (s.w.t.) fall on the jealous person.  Allah (s.w.t.) Says:

… verily He loveth not the arrogant. (Surah an-Nahl:23)

It is narrated that Musa (a.s.) asked Allah (s.w.t.), “O my Lord!  Who is the most deserving of your Wrath and Displeasure?”

Allah (s.w.t.) Told him, “It is he, whose heart is filled with pride and his tongue is filthy, his eyes are devoid of shame, his hands are miserly and he is of bad conduct and character.”

Allah (s.w.t.) will Put the proud to disgrace and dishonour in the Hereafter.  Hatim ibn Aswam (r.a.) said, “Do not die in a state of pride, greed and arrogance.”  Allah (s.w.t.) does not cause the proud fellow to meet his death unless he is disgraced and dishonoured by his own family, relatives and servants.  Similarly the greedy does not meet his death unless he becomes destitute for a morsel of food and a drop of water.  In the same way the arrogant person does not meet his own death unless being polluted with his own excrement and urine.

The proud renders himself liable to Hell in the Hereafter.  It is mentioned in a hadits qudsi, “Pride is My Cloak and Grandeur is My Trousers.  If anyone disputes with Me in any one of these, I shall Admit him into the Hellfire.”  In the other words, pride and grandeur are two exclusive Attributes of Allah (s.w.t.), which none is allowed to apply and ascribe towards himself.

It is imperative to refrain from such a dangerous and deadly calamity which leads to loss of knowledge of Allah (s.w.t.), inability to understand the commands of Allah (s.w.t.), His displeasure, disgrace in this world and the Hereafter and painful torment therein.  No wise person can be neglectful in the matter of such a harmful and destructive calamity.  We should, therefore, try to save ourselves from this and seek refuge in Allah (s.w.t.).  This is a brief account of the four calamities, mentioned in the beginning.  Each of these four adversities is very harmful and dangerous in the sight of those wise and knowledgeable persons who are aware of the importance of the reforming of one’s heart.

Those are the four disease and vices that stem from having pride.  How many of us are there that can honestly say, without deceiving ourselves that we are free of this hated ailment?  Not many, is the answer.  It is imperative that we take heed from this article and we bear in mind the punishment Promised by Allah (s.w.t.) to those with pride in their hearts.

Pride as a sin is incorrectly considered to be insignificant and minute in comparison to other major sins, by a vast majority of the people.  It may be that compared to the major sins like murder and associating partner with Allah (s.w.t.), it is slightly inferior.  But that is only because of the magnitude of those particular sins that pride is considered a lesser sin.

In a hadits of the Prophet (s.a.w.) it is narrated that, “Whosoever has in his heart, even an atom of pride he will not enter paradise.”  In observing the hadits, it is of utmost importance that we get rid of this spiritual malady, if we hold any illusion or hope of entering Paradise.

When we claim to be the followers of Islam, how can we still have pride in ourselves?  For the very meaning of Islam is to submit totally and conditionally to the worship of the Supreme Being, Allah (s.w.t.) and as Muslims it is incumbent upon us to get rid of every drop of pride, superiority and haughtiness within us, as we are small and inferior in comparison to the Supreme Being, if such comparison can be made.  We must try and act upon the very essence of our religion and our adjective as Muslims and submit and surrender ourselves to the worship and pleasure of Allah (s.w.t.).


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