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    What are some good protections against arrogance, looking down on other people, judging people, thinking you are better than others, or thinking you are knowledgeable when you are not? How can we keep ourselves truly humble?
    Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the Dominion, and He is Able to do all things. (67.1)

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    Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

    Remember that your own personal Qiyamah is death.

    Even the smallest good deed can earn the pleasure of Allah(SWT) so consider every other Muslim to lready be a favourite of Allah(SWT) and strive to also become favoured.

    Follow the Sunnah.

    Recall the Story of Abu Bakr(RA) A man whose name will be called from all of the gates of Junnah, yet he wished he was a blade of grass for fear of Allah(SWT). Recall Uthman(RA) who even Angels felt modest in his company due to his high level of Hayyah, yet he would wep profousely at the thought of the "reckoning" in the grave. If these illustrous people were humble and feared akirah, who are we, who disobey Allah(SWT) daily to have any sense of pride or arrogance.
    By Him in whose Hand is the Soul of Muhammad, there is not one from the nations of the Jews and the Christians who hears about me and then dies while he has not believed in what I have been sent with except that he will be one of the companions of the Fire”. (Reported by Muslim in kitaabul Imaan)
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    • #3
      Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

      Assalaamu aleykum,

      Everyone has different ways in dealing with their Naf, for me its reminding it of death (Im trying to get myself in the habit of reading a book on death every week inshaAllah) Last week I came across this, which has been beneficial Alhamdullilah:

      A fleeting Enjoyment by Imaam Ibn Kathir RA

      "Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children. (It is) like a rain (Ghayth), thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment, and (there is) forgiveness from AllahIt is an Arabic term and is the most correct name for the one true God (Almighty). The term 'Allah' is derived from Al-Ilaah and means literally 'The One','The God' or 'The One God'. and (His) pleasure. And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment." [57:20] Allah the Exalted degrades the significance of this life and belittles it by saying "that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children."

      Meaning, this is the significance of this life to its people, just as He said in another AyahVerse of the Qur'aan, Sign. ,
      "Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world's life; but Allah has the excellent return with Him." (3:14)
      Allah the Exalted also sets a parable for this life, declaring that its joys are fading and its delights are perishable, saying that life is,
      "Like a rain (Ghayth)," which is the rain that comes down to mankind, after they had felt despair. Allah the Exalted said in another Ayah,
      "And He is it Who sends down the Ghayth (rain) after they have despaired." (42:28)
      Allah's statement, "thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller" meaning that farmers admire the vegetation that grows in the aftermath of rain. And just as farmers admire vegetation, the disbelievers admire this life; they are the most eager to acquire the traits of life, and life is most dear to them,
      "afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw."

      Meaning, that vegetation soon turns yellow in color, after being fresh and green. After that, the green fades away and becomes scattered pieces of dust. This is the parable of this worldly life, it starts young, then matures and then turns old and feeble. This is also the parable of mankind in this life; they are young and strong in the beginning. In this stage of life, they look youthful and handsome. Slowly, they begin growing older, their mannerism changes and their strength weakens. They then grow old and feeble; moving becomes difficult for them, while doing easy things becomes beyond their ability. Allah the Exalted said, "Allah is He Who created you in (a state of) weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave (you) weakness and gray hair. He creates what He wills. And He is the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful." (30:54)

      This parable indicates the near demise of this life and the imminent end of it, while in contrast, the Hereafter is surely coming. Those who hear this parable should, therefore, be aware of the significance of the Hereafter and feel eagerness in the goodness that it contains,
      "But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment, and (there is) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure. And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment."
      Meaning, surely, the Hereafter that will certainly come contains two things either severe punishment or forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure.
      Allah the Exalted said, "And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment."

      Meaning, this life is only a form of enjoyment that deceives those who incline to it. Surely, those who recline to this life will admire it and feel that it is dear to them, so much so, that they might think that this is the only life, no life or dwelling after it.

      Yet, in reality, this life is insignificant as compared to the Hereafter.

      Source: Idealmuslimah.com (MashaAllah the website has many articles/books on this topic)
      Allahumma innaa na'udhu bika min an nushrika bika shai-an na'lamuh; wa nastaghfiruka limaa laa na'lam

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      • #4
        Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

        Salaams.

        Some notes which I have taken during tafseer of Surah Hujarat by Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sb on humility:


        If one has to analyse why one would have pride and what is the reason one would have pride.
        Maybe he has pride because he has wealth,or he is holding a senior position,or he is making lots of ibadah and he is feeling very pious.

        What is the point of having wealth?
        Qar’un also had wealth,so whats the point of having wealth and pride,the example of this was qa’run.Or you got pride because you have lot knowledge.Shaitan also had knowledge.The person has pride because he has a position of authority and superiority.So all these people who have pride.Allah shows us the consequences of that.

        One person got angry with another person,and then what normally happens,one person would say to the other do you know who I am?
        Now obviously you want to show authority and your position over the next person.So the person says very calmly that yes I know who you are,so he asks him who you think I am?

        Your beginning is a drop of impure water,and your ending is going to be a corpse.So you asking who you are,so this is what you are.

        So what does anyone of us have to be proud of what right do we have to have pride.

        Mufti Mahmood Gangohi (r.a) used to say repeatedly that to cure yourself from pride when you go to the toilet see what impuries come out then we will not think ourselves inferior to anyone else.

        It is stated that pride is the mother of all spiritual sicknesses.

        If a person ahs pride,there are so many spiritual sicknesses that come with it.

        The person likes to feel high all the time and his ego has to be fed all the time,and he must be the one of authority and if he is not given that position,he becomes angry.

        So the first spiritual sickness that follows after that is anger,or if someone has to vie with him or challenge him,he will have jealousy in him,and if he is not given that position,he is going to have amnimosity with that person and a host of all other evils follow once the person has the spiritual sickness of pride in him.

        That is why if a person cures himself of pride,then he will save himself from all other spiritual sicknesses.

        In analogy to that,if a person has a physical sickness,like high blood pressure,he would have headaches,with that he will have diabetes,and all other sicknesses will follow.But if the person does not have high pressure or controls it by taking medication,then slowly all the other sicknesses will decrease.

        One example would be that of a proud person that he is on the peak of a high mountain,and he is looking down,and thinking to himself that these people are so small and I am great,but in the mean time when the people on the bottom of the mountain look up at him they see him to be very small.And that is the reality.

        One statement Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi(r.a) used to say that never ever ever look down on any creation of Allah.
        Always think that all the creation of Allah are greater and superior to me.The moment you inculcate that in yourself that is the root to gaining the ma’rifat of Allah .
        Last edited by sameera; 06-10-11, 11:35 AM.
        Loneliness is better than bad company.
        -Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani(r.a)

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        • #5
          Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

          remebering death.

          that is the best way.
          And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allâh) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness. (25:63)

          O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a trade that will save you from a painful torment? (10) That you believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW),and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (11) (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwellings in Adn (Edn) Paradise; that is indeed the great success. (12)

          JazakAllah khair for the duas but i would prefer duas for shahadah instead.

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          • #6
            Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

            Remember the Prophet :saw: and the situation he was in... yet he :saw: was a thankful and humble slave of Allah.
            الحق لا يعرف بالرجال، اعرف الحق تعرف رجاله

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            • #7
              Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

              What if the thing you are feeling proud about is that you think you have a good perspective about life, you remember death often, and feel Islamically oriented? I think that's the problem a lot of people face, they start developing themselves in the deen and then feel proud of themselves for that leading to the other problems. It is not so much feeling proud or arrogant for dunya stuff, but actual religious stuff. It is really a shame, I see it a lot, people priding themselves and looking down on others because of religious matters.

              Thinking about it, I think it is all about intentions, having the right ones from the start and constantly renewing our intentions. How often does that happen that you are doing an act of worship and secretly you hope to be praised by people for it. It is right there when that thought comes that we have to stop ourselves and purify our intentions and keep our acts of worship secret. SubhanAllah shaytan will come from any direction.
              Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the Dominion, and He is Able to do all things. (67.1)

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                Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

                Originally posted by inprogress View Post
                What are some good protections against arrogance, looking down on other people, judging people, thinking you are better than others, or thinking you are knowledgeable when you are not? How can we keep ourselves truly humble?
                Humility/Ikhlaas and remembering that we are Nothing more than Slaves of the Almighty Allah ta'ala is the best way to defend yourself against Arrogance ...

                Arrogance arises from Pride, and Pride is it reject the Truth and Despise/Look down upon People ...

                This is one of the First Sins committed, by a certain Iblees/Shaytaan ...

                :jkk:
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                "It does not befit the lion to answer the dogs."

                – Imam al-Shafi’i (Rahimahullah)

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                • #9
                  Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

                  remind yourself that Jannah isn't for the arrogant and that you'd be sharing qualities with the accursed Satan.
                  'And when a thing for which you ask is slow to come,
                  Then know that often through delay are gifts received'
                  علي الحبشي

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                  • #10
                    Re: what's best way to protect yourself from arrongance

                    This was something written on an Islamqa fatwa it was supposed to be a cure for arrogance, 'you were created from a despised drop of sperm, and throughout your life you are a vessel for feces, what do you have to be so arrogant about?'

                    That just shuts you right up.

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