Arrogance is Looking Down on Others, Rejecting Truth

'Abdullah bin Mas'ud (رضي الله عنه) said:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "He who has, in his heart, an ant's weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah.'' Someone said: "A man likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?'' Messenger of ALLĀH (ﷺ) said, "ALLĀH is Beautiful, HE loves beauty. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the truth and despising people.'' [Muslim].


The Hadith says that a man who has even an iota of pride in his heart will be barred from entering Jannah. The Hadith word used for the smallest amount means in Arabic either the smallest ant or the particle which is radiated by sun-rays and seen through a wall-chink. Obviously, such a particle has almost a non-existent amount, but even this much is disapproved by ALLĀH. If pride incites a man to deny the existence of ALLĀH and HIS Revelation, he is sure to be thrown into Hell. He also faces Divine displeasure and the danger of infernal fire if mere consideration of riches, physical beauty, social and intellectual prominence and family status makes him proud and self-conceited and he looks down upon others, or persists in the denial of Truth. First he will receive punishment and only then will be admitted into Jannah. A good dress, however, is not counted the sign of pride.

[Hafiz Salahudeen Yusuf's Commentary on Riyadh us-Saliheen: Book 1, Chapter 72, hadith 612]


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