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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Pride and the proud

Selected Quranic Verses On Pride

"Indeed, He does not love the proud." [an-Nahl (16):23

"Those who dispute about the signs of Allah without any authority given to them, their breasts are filled with nothing but pride for that which they shall never attain…" [al-Ghaafir(40):56]

"And every time I invited them so you might forgive them, they only put their fingers in their ears. Covering themselves with their garments, grown obstinate, and given over to pride." [Nooh (71):7]

"When our signs are recited to such, he turns away full of pride, as if he heard them not…" [Luqmaan (31):7]

"Those who disdain His worship and are full of pride, He will gather them all together to answer to Him." [An-Nisaa' (4):172]

"So enter the gates of Hell to dwell therein. Indeed evil is the abode of the proud.” [An-Nahl (16):29]

"But today you shall be recompensed with suffering humiliation because you were prideful in the earth without just cause…" [Al-Ahqaaf (46):20]

"On the Day of Judgment you will see those who lied against Allah. Their faces will be blackened, is there not in Hell an abode for the proud." [Az-Zumar (39):60]

"Enter the gates of Hell to dwell therein. This is the evil abode of the proud." [Az-Zumar (39):72]

From descriptions of believers in the Qur'an:

"...they have no pride." [As-Sajdah (32):15]

Angels are described as follows:

"...they have no pride." [An-Nahl (16):49]

"Those who are in presence are not too proud to serve Him…" [Al-Anbiyaa' (21):19]


Selected Prophetic Traditions On Pride

"Pride is dissatisfaction with the truth, and belittling the people." [Muslim]

"He will not enter Paradise who has even a speck of pride in his heart." [Muslim]

"Paradise and the Fire quarreled. Paradise said, 'The weak and the poor enter me.' The Fire replied, 'The oppressive and the proud enter me.' So Allah Almighty said to the Fire, 'You are my punishment, in you I punish whom I wish.' He said to Paradise, 'You are my mercy to whom I wish, and each of you will certainly be filled.'" [Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Khuzaimah]

The wording of Al-Bukhari: "Paradise and the Fire complained to their Lord. Paradise said, 'O Lord, there is none who enter me but the weak and despised'. The Fire said, 'I receive only the proud…'…"

"Shall I inform you of the people of Paradise? They are every weak and humble person, if he takes an oath to Allah, it will be fulfilled. Shall I inform you of the people of the Fire? They are every cruel, violent and proud person." [Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah]

"Four things are among my followers from the traditions of jahiliyyah which will not leave: pride of lineage, slandering kinship, use of astrology for rain, and wailing." [Muslim]

"If you were not sinners, I would fear for you what is worse for you: Pride, pride." [Al-Bayhaqi, hasan hadeeth]

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