Arrogant people come in many types. There are those who do not accept the truth and argue about it using falsehood. In the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood, “Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” There are those who admire themselves so much for being beautiful, for being wealthy, for having luxurious lifestyle, for being well educated that make them feel superior than others.
Culture, race, wealth, family background, education, fame and beauty are not the criterion for superiority. All of these don’t matter to Allah , it does matter for people only and if your purpose is to please people then these would be very important for you but be reminded that taking these as your purpose in life will just make you discontented, unhappy and lost.
“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not any arrogant boaster. And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the asses” [31:18-19]
The phrase “nor walk in insolence through the earth” is a prohibition of arrogance and is enjoining humility. Marah (translated here as insolence) is excessive joy, or it was said that it means being arrogant in walking, or thinking too highly of oneself. It means showing off in walking; or it was said that it means vanity. All of these suggestions are close in meaning, but they may be divided into two categories: those which are blameworthy and those which are praiseworthy. Arrogance, vanity, showing off and thinking too highly of oneself are blameworthy; joy and energy are praiseworthy. (Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 10/260)
We and the urine came out of the same place and we began as a drop of sperm and will end up as a rotten corpse. So what do we have to feel so proud and arrogant about? Indeed, we are just a dust. Arrogance was the reason why Iblees was expelled from paradise, don’t let it be the reason for you not to get there.
Truly, our stay here in this dunya is just a tick of the clock compared to our life in the hereafter. Haven’t you asked your self what if there is no tomorrow for you? What if you did not wake up in the morning? What if you suddenly got into an accident? What if your heart stopped pumping? What if you can no longer read the next line I’m going to write? It is not to sound absurd nor to terrify anyone. It’s a reality but forgotten by most especially the youth whose thinking is only old people or sick people die.
While we can, we should strive to make ourselves better to please Allah . Every one of us will taste death, but we do not know when, who’s gonna go first, and who’s next. When it’s your time, it will come at any time you least expect. And what if that suddenly happens? How prepared are you of what awaits you in the hereafter? Are you confident that your destination is paradise? Are you qualified to enter the gates of Jannah? These are just some of the question we must ask ourselves every time so to realize that our stay here in this dunya is temporary and is shorter than what we thought. Keep on asking Allah to rid you of arrogance and make you humble.
In an authentic Hadith reported by Imams Muslim and At-Tirmidhi, the Prophet said, “One will not enter Paradise, if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart.”
Beware that if you have just an atom of arrogance in your heart, then it’s enough to lead you to jahannam. To avoid feeling arrogant, know that other people are just like you, they were creation of Allah . And even if for the society, for this dunya, you are considered successful, it does not mean that you are already successful in the hereafter. All of us are made of dust and will end up as dust. Be reminded that no matter how much you have achieved in this dunya, if you boast about it to people instead of thanking Allah for it and using the achievements in the right way and Allah isn’t pleased with you then you are nothing to Him.