THE DEED OF ARROGANCE AND REPENTANCE
In the Name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
الإمام علي (ع): سَيِّئَةٌ تَسُوؤُكَ خَيْرٌ عِنْدَ الله مِنْ حَسَنَةٍ تُعْجِبُك
Imam Ali (ع): An evil deed [of yours] that upsets you is better in the sight of God than a good deed that makes you egocentric.
[Bihar Al-Anwar, vol. 69, pg. 316]
We have all witnessed this trap that many Muslims and Believers fall into. A couple of good deeds, and you believe that you are the greatest Muslim on earth. It doesn’t work like that. A couple of good deeds should never ever make you arrogant or egocentric. You should never ever look down upon a human being, whether he is a criminal or if she is a prostitute.
God forgave Hurr Ibn Yazid Ar-Riyahi (R), the man who was in Yazid’s army, but during the last moments, he chose to move to Imam Al-Hussain’s (as) side, and the same God forgave a prostitute and made her enter paradise for one simple act of sincerity and goodness: she gave water to a thirsty dog. Simple.
God wants sincerity from us, when we perform our actions. We don’t hate the human being. We hate the acts and the actions of evilness. There are many in the world today who are forced to live a wicked lifestyle. There are people out there who are forced to steal, rob and even kill other human beings for the sake of surviving.
We don’t justify these acts of evilness, but there are many people who wish that they never were forced to live that life. Be humble and perform every act with sincerity and goodness, and never let your acts and your deeds lead you to a mentality that is judgemental and arrogant!
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مَنْ كَانَ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ قَالَ رَجُلٌ إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونَ ثَوْبُهُ حَسَنًا وَنَعْلُهُ حَسَنَةً قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ وَغَمْطُ النَّاسِ
وفي رواية أخرى قال لَا يَدْخُلُ النَّارَ أَحَدٌ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ حَبَّةِ خَرْدَلٍ مِنْ إِيمَانٍ
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” Someone said, “But a man loves to have beautiful clothes and shoes.” The Prophet said, “Verily, God is beautiful, and he loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.”
In another narration, the Prophet said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of faith in his heart will enter Hellfire.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 91
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim.
No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise. An atom of arrogance is the beginning of destruction. An atom of arrogance is the beginning of a mental hell. An atom of arrogance is the beginning of what we as humans do not want to see. Arrogance is what destroys man’s success. We as human beings cannot achieve our success in life with quality if arrogance is part of our driving force. Arrogance is one of the biggest diseases we have witnessed. Arrogance has destroyed nations, communities and empires. Arrogance has destroyed so much in this world that it is something we have to keep away from with all our strength and will.
The thing with arrogance is that it is interpreted in several different ways. The problem with Muslims today is that they can interpret arrogance in a way where having nice clothes is a sign of arrogance, looking elegant is a sign of arrogance or talking with eloquence is a form of arrogance and so on. All these misinterpretations are because Muslims today have not wanted to study their religion in depth. Born Muslims do not realize that it is they themselves who are arrogant when they think they are self-sufficient when they are deviating themselves from the religion and its doctrine in a way where they already believe they know everything.
Verily, God is beautiful, and he loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people. God loves what is beautiful and good. God wants man to be beautiful because God loves beauty. One of God’s 99 names is Al-Jamil (The Beautiful one). My brothers and sisters, beauty itself is not wrong, but if things are used in a negative way, then it automatically becomes wrong. A person makes a mistake when he or she uses the goodness and beauty in a way to benefit his ego, pride or arrogance. Observe today’s models and celebrities, and how they use their beauty in a way to spread corruption.
As I said, beauty in itself is not wrong. Goodness in itself is not wrong. The core of goodness is not wrong, but when you abuse the good, exploit the good and use it in such a way where you do not care about God’s will, then that good will turn into something negative and evil. If you do not dress for the sake of God, your beauty will not benefit you. But if you dress for the sake of God, light will shine from your existence. Everything you do should be for God. God should be the priority because God knows how to adjust the needs and the desires of the human being when things go awry.
Look at arrogance from two directions. Arrogance is when you deny the truth and look down on people. Arrogance is when you try to trample on divine rights and human rights. When the truth comes to you, you must accept it with humility and submission. You should never be arrogant in front of the truth. If you are arrogant in front of the truth, you are arrogant before God. Never be arrogant towards the creator and the creations. Unfortunately, it may happen that man can be arrogant towards the creator but not towards the creatures and on the contrary, there are people who can be humble in front of the creator but not humble towards the creatures.
The most important thing from what I mentioned is that we Muslims must understand what arrogance is, what beauty is, and that arrogance is when you deny the truth and look down on the creations. At the same time, we must also understand that a man who has an atom of faith and humility in his heart will never taste the justice of hell. On the other hand, a person will never taste the mercy of paradise if he has an atom of arrogance in his heart. so, always be humble towards the creator and the creation.
Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad (saw) and His Progeny (as)
| Amir Zabidi