ummtaalib Posted May 3, 2014 Report Share Posted May 3, 2014 What is "Kibr"? “No one with the slightest particle of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” (Bukhari) Allah, the Almighty, says, “Pride is My garment and haughtiness My Mantle: whoever vies with Me for them I will throw into Hell.” (Muslim) ‘Arrogance (kibr) is to deliberately consider one’s self superior to others in religious or worldly achievements in a manner that reflects that others are inferior. Hence, it has two components, (1) to consider one’s self superior and (2) to look down upon others. This is its reality. It is impermissible (haram) and sinful. Then there is form of it where all components are presents except one component. That is it is not deliberate. It is an involuntary thought. Till this point it is not sinful. However, if one deliberately considers this thought to be fine or even without agreeing to it deliberately keeps (it in his mind), it will become the reality of arrogance and sinful (activity). Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 3, page 108 Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) Source ****** Arrogance (Kibr) The definition of Arrogance (kibr) according to Ibn Juzay is, “A person thinking highly of themselves and looking down upon others.” Imam al-Ghazzali in his Forty Foundations defines pride as, “The reality of arrogance (kibr) is that one deems himself superior to others in regards to qualities of completion which leads to snobbish and overjoyed”. The Causes and Signs of Arrogance Arrogance can be caused by having knowledge, worship, lineage, courage, strength, beauty, wealth, or prestige. Some of the effects of arrogance is that a person would want a high position in gatherings, being the first while walking, looking down on others, being hateful towards others if they don’t begin with salam, or that when he looks at the masses its like he is looking at donkeys. What Pride leads to Arrogance will cause a person to be driven away from the signs of Allah (Quran 7:146). Ibn Zukri said, “As long as a person is arrogant his heart will not submit to truth, accept it, nor benefit from it.” seekersguidance ****** Pride has many Forms “Pride and arrogance come in many forms. One manifestation of pride, which is not easily recognisable, takes the outward form of humility: some people feel the need to outwardly display humility while within they actually think highly of themselves for doing so. People who are genuinely humble don’t have a high opinion of themselves, but truly believe themselves insignificant and humble. An analogy will help us understand what true humbleness is. Imagine a sleeping person: while fast asleep he does not know that he is asleep; it is only after waking up that he realises that he had been asleep. Likewise, a person who is humble does not feel that he is being humble; his behaviour is naturally full of humbleness without him knowing it.” Pride: the last to be Eradicated from the Heart “Pride is the root of all spiritual illnesses. It is so ingrained in the heart that it is usually the final spiritual ailment to be eradicated from a person’s heart.” Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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