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Manifestations of Arrogance,Haughtiness and Drivingothers Away from the Religion of Allah

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “I will keep distracted from My signs those who behave arrogantly on Earth without any right, and who, even if they see every sign, will not believe in them; they will not take the way of right guidance if they see it, but will take the way of error if they see that. This is because they denied Our signs and paid them no heed.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

The consequences of arrogance are dreadful in this life or in the Hereafter, whether those arrogant are individuals or nations. The fall of the arrogant and haughty nations is a repeated story in the history of human beings, and it will not change.TheAlmighty Allah said, “The people of ‘Ad behaved arrogantly throughout the land without any right, saying, ‘Who could be stronger than us?’ Did they not realize that Allah, Who created them, was stronger than them?’ They continued to reject Our message. So We let a roaring wind loose on them for a few disastrous days to make them taste the punishment of shame in this world; more shameful still will be the punishment of the life to come, and they will not be helped.” Also, Allah said, “Many a town that insolently opposed the command of its Lord and His messengers We have brought sternly to account: We punished them severely.”

Arrogance is the first sin to be committed against the commands of Allah, The Exalted. When the Almighty Allah orderedthe Angels to bow down before Adam, they obeyed Him except the Satan. Allah says, “When We told the angels, ‘Bow down before Adam,’ they all bowed. But not Iblis, who refused and was arrogant: he was one of the disobedient.”

Arrogant peopleare identifiedthrough their evil traits in the Hereafter as they used to be known for these traits inthis life. The Almighty Allah says, “And the people of the heights will call out to certain men they recognize by their marks, ‘What use were your great numbers and your false pride?” This is why Islam has warned against the evil consequence of arrogance, making ita gate to miss the Mercy of Allah, and put a severe punishment for the arrogant people saying. “The gates of Heaven will not be open to those who rejected Our revelations and arrogantly spurned them; even if a thick rope were to pass through the eye of a needle they would not enterParadise. This is how We punish the guilty,” and said, “On the Day of Resurrection, you [Prophet] will see those who told lies against Allah, their faces darkened. Is there not ample punishment for the arrogant in Hell?” The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Paradise and Hell-fire disputed together, and Hell-fire said: In me are the mighty and the haughty. Paradise said: In me are the weak and the poor. So Allah judged between them, [saying]: You are Paradise, My mercy; through you I show mercy to those I wish. And you are Hell-fire, My punishment; through you I punish those I wish, and it is incumbent upon Me that each of you shall have its fill” in another Hadith, the Prophet(PBUH) said, “May I not inform you about the inmates of Hell-Fire? They are …the haughty.”

Arrogance is a trait of the hearts. That is, a person may be poor but arrogant at thesame time. Another one may be rich but humble and modest. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of haughtiness shall not enter Paradise. A man inquired: ‘What about that a person who likes to have a fine dress and fine shoes?’The Prophet replied, ‘Allah is Beautiful and likes beauty. Arrogance is to disclaim truth out of self-esteem, and despise people’” Arrogance is one of the most destructive social and psychologicaldiseases that destroy one’s personality and the society as a whole. An arrogant person have an over self-esteem and considers himself superior to others. Allah says, “There is nothing in their hearts but a thirst for a greatness they will never attain.”

Although arrogance is a trait of the heart, it has manifestations that appear in one’s conduct. These Traits include:committing sins out of haughtiness and the refusal to submit to the truth. The Almighty Allah said, “When he is told, ‘Beware of Allah,’ his arrogance leads him to sin” Thus, the arrogant, is driven by his pride and haughtiness to rejectsubmission to truth. Moreover, when others call him to the truth, he becomes more stubborn and arrogant.Thisis why Allah said about such people, “Hell is enough for him: a dreadful resting place.” There aresome people who act as arrogant against obeying the orders of the Prophet (PBUH), as Salamah Ibn Al-Akwa’ narrated on the authority of his father that a man ate with his left hand in the presence of Prophet (PBUH), whereupon the Prophet said, “Eat with your right hand.” The man said: “I cannot do that.” Thereupon the Prophet (PBUH) said, “May you not be able to do that.” It was vanity that prevented him from doing it and he could not raise it (the right hand) up to his mouth afterwards.”

These traitsalso include: turning one’s face from people out of pride. This indicates despising others. Allah prohibited this action as Luqman said to his son, “Do not turn your nose up at people, nor walk in land arrogantly, for Allah does not love arrogant or boastful people.” These traits also include:walking with haughtiness. The Almighty Allah said, “Do not strut arrogantly about the earth: you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height. The evil of all these actions is hateful to your Lord.”

These traits also include: Boasting with one’s properties which are blessings from Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A man among those before you went out arrogantly with his clothes. So Allah ordered the earth to take him. He will remain sinking into it until the Day of Judgement.” Such as arrogance may be demonstrated with one’s clothes, it may be demonstrated with houses decorations, cars, having palaces for purposes of showing off.  These traits also include:the refusal to sitwith the poor and the weak out of despising them, as the polytheists at the time of the Prophet (PBUH) used torefuse to sit with the poor Companions of the Prophets such as Belal, Suhayb and Salman out of despise. They said to the Prophet, “Drive them away so that they may not be overbold upon us.” Thus, Allah revealed, “And turn not away those who invoke their Lord, morning and afternoon seeking His Face.” Among the manifestations of haughtiness is to only invite the rich for a banquet and ignore the poor, Abu Hurayrah said, “The worst food is that of a banquet to which only the rich are invited while the poor are not invited.”

Also, intentionally keeping away from saying slam or shaking hands with those of lower status to others is a sign of arrogance, since it is against the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) who used to start saying salam to the young and the elderly alike. It has been recorded in the Hadith, “When Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) happened to pass by young boys he would great them.”

As well, another sign of arrogance is argumentation and abusiveness in conflicts. There is not dispute that Muslims are forbidden from avoid speaking with their fellow Muslims beyond three days, as this indicates termination of relations and spread of mischief and corruption. Also, Allah, Most High, will punish he who does so in the Hereafter. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, “He who avoids speaking with his fellow Muslim beyond three days will be in the Fire unless Allah showers him with His Mercy.” He (PBUH) also says, ““It is not permissible for a Muslim to shun his brother for more than three nights. When they meet, this one turns away (from that one) and that one turns away (from this one) and the best of them is the one who greets his brother first;” and “Whoever has (the following) four characteristics will be a pure hypocrite: “If he speaks, he tells a lie; if he gives a promise, he breaks it, if he makes a covenant he proves treacherous; and if he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent evil insulting manner (unjust). And whoever has one of these characteristics, has one characteristic of a hypocrite, unless he gives it us.”

Arrogance was the reason why the polytheists of Mecca rejected to embrace Islam and accept the notion of Tawhid (There is no god but Allah). Allah, Most High, says, “Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant;” meaning that they used to reject to follow any other religion but that of their forefathers. In the same connection, arrogance was the reason why the Jews rejected to follow Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) though they perfectly knew that he is all truthful. Allah, Most High, says, “Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceals the truth while they know [it].” It is furthermore what made the Children of Israel to belie their Prophets and kill them. Allah, the Almighty, says, “But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.”

Arrogance is actually the reason behind the disbelief and denial of the disbelievers from the previous nations. Allah, the Almighty, says about Prophet Noah (PBUH), “And indeed, every time I invited them that You may forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted, and were arrogant with [great] arrogance.” About Prophet Hud (PBUH), He, Most High, says, “As for ‘Aad, they were arrogant upon the earth without right and said, “Who is greater than us in strength?” About the people of Prophet Saleh (PBUH), He, the Almighty, says, “Said the eminent ones who were arrogant among his people to those who were oppressed – to those who believed among them, “Do you [actually] know that Salih is sent from his Lord?” They said, “Indeed we, in that with which he was sent, are believers.” Said those who were arrogant, “Indeed we, in that which you have believed, are disbelievers.” Concerning Prophet Shu‘yab’s people, He, the Almighty, says, “Said the eminent ones who were arrogant among his people, “We will surely evict you, O Shu’ayb, and those who have believed with you from our city, or you must return to our religion.” He said, “Even if we were unwilling?” This clearly shows the end of those nations who were arrogant as to the Order of Allah; they were wiped out; wretched is the consequence and the destination.

The treatment for whoever has been afflicted with this serious disease is to cure his heart; he must know his exact position and status through considering the origin of his creation; he was created out of nothing; Allah created him from dust, sperm, clot, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh after which he became a thing even mentioned. The arrogant slave should know that he would be punished on the Day of Resurrection with what humiliates him. For instance, he who intends to be exercise arrogance against people, Allah will humiliate him on the Day of Judgment. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, “The proud will be gathered on the Day of Judgment resembling tiny particles in the image of men. They will be covered with humiliation everywhere …” Allah, Most High, says, “That home of the Hereafter We assign to those who do not desire exaltedness upon the earth or corruption. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous.”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be him, his family and companions.

Muslim brothers,

The sings of turning away from the Way of Allah, the Almighty, includes, contradiction between sayings and actions, falsely claiming idealism and peacefulness from those who focus only on shape and appearance and give superiority to their appearance over the ultimate priority even if this is based on neglecting the true essence. That is because a man of such a kind whose behavior never complies with the teachings of religion is considered a tool of destruction and turning people away from the Religion of Allah, Glorified is He. The saying of the Prophet (PBUH) “Some of you make people dislike good deeds” is truly applicable to such people.

So, if man’s appearance was that of the religiously committed while he mistreats people, tells lie, practices treachery or unlawfully consumes people’s properties, the matter is really serious, and the person doing so comes under the category of the hypocrites. The extremist groups can be offered as a case in point. Even though they are considered the biggest sponsor for terrorism, with the aim of destroying countries and making them weak so that it would be easy for them- they assume- to have power in these countries.

The same also applies to those who views that Islam is restricted to the acts of worship and practicing personal reasoning in them while they misunderstand them and adopt an extremist view in declaring people disbelievers and carrying weapon against them, as it was the case of Al-Khawarij who were very committed to prayer, fasting and the night prayer, yet they were not well-versed in the shari knowledge that was to prevent them from shedding blood. They i.e. Al-Khawarij thus carried weapons against people, and had they sought after the true knowledge, it would have had prevented them from doing so, because Islam is the religion of mercy, meaning that anything that keeps you away from mercy keeps you away from Islam. Results are determined by the proper conduct, not by mere saying. Arabs said, “the (good) condition of one man among one thousand men is better than the speech of one thousand men to one man.”