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Pride and Arrogance – Spiritual Gathering February 2015

Pride and Arrogance

Pride and Arrogance – Monthly Spiritual Gathering by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq, Sunday 15th February 2015 at 2.30 PM



Brief Sojourn on Earth

Some deny the existence of the spirit but Islam tells us that it is really only the spirit that lives in man and makes us who we are. The spirit is more important than our mind or body. We are not our body or mind rather the spirit as it is our spirit that existed before we came into this world i.e. before our body and mind existed. The body is a container of life but real life is the spirit. The container may disappear but the spirit will live on. The ruh (spirit) has a long journey and this brief sojourn on earth is extremely transient as compared to the great expanse of time before and after (this life). This is why we are told again and again that we are merely travellers on earth and that this life is not everything. When we begin to devote ourselves to our body and mind at the detriment to the spirit, we will begin to perceive our whole existence being only for this brief life on earth. This will lead us to miss the greater picture of life beyond this fleeting journey on earth.

[This excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].


Guarding Oneself

The most succinct definition of taqwa is to guard oneself from the displeasure of Allah by guarding oneself from the disobedience of Allah.

We must guard our eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet and even our heart from any act, thought, sentiment and emotion of disobedience and displeasure.

How does a person develop taqwa? There are many ways of developing taqwa and one of them is by fasting. Allah prescribes fasting for us so that it may create this consciousness of Him in us:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ

عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you so that you may attain taqwa [al Baqarah 2/183]

[This excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].

A Deadly Disease

Arrogance is such a severe disease of the heart because an arrogant person is not merely objecting to Allah’s division and distribution in His creation, as with envy, but is actually challenging Allāh in His greatness. We learn from the ḥadīth that greatness, grandness and pride are the garments of Allāh سبحانه وتعالى and whoever wishes to claim them is challenging Allāh in His attributes.

Which one of us can say that we are pure and free of pride and arrogance? We may have belittled someone even in thought, held someone in contempt or regarded someone as being beneath us. Each of these actions is a sign of arrogance. May Allah protect us from this deadly spiritual disease.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].


Objecting to Allah’s Division and Distribution

‏In a ḥadīth, related by Abū Dawūd, Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم says “Beware of envy for envy consumes up good deeds just as fire consumes up and devours wood or dry grass.” On one hand we work hard to earn the reward of Allāh by praying, fasting and doing other good deeds, but on other hand we harbour envy in our hearts. This envy leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Any good we do is destroyed by the raging fire of hasad (envy). Which one us of can say we are free from envy?

As well as destroying their good deeds, envy also consumes the envious person. It destroys their quality of life. A poet says ‘May the wisdom of envy belong to Allāh. It begins with the envious person and kills him’. The envious person is not only deprived of the thing that they are envious of, but at the same time they destroy the quality of their own life, peace of mind and contentment of their own heart by harbouring envy. It consumes and kills them before it harms the person whom they are envious of.

When a person is envious, he is merely objecting to Allāh’s division and distribution. Allāh says in the Qur’an:

أَمْ يَحْسُدُونَ النَّاسَ عَلَى مَا آتَاهُمُ اللّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ

Do they envy the people for what Allah has bestowed upon them of His grace? [An-Nisā, 4/54]

Differing grades and divisions amongst the people are part of His distribution and by being envious of others we are objecting to that. Everyone is unique in their own way. But no one is no greater than the other person. This is Allah’s wisdom in His creation.

We should not waste our time and consume ourselves trying to be like someone else.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].


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