بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers
Since coming to LSE at the beginning of this year, I have met so many phenomenal people from my fellow first years, to the visiting alumni. Everyone seems to have successfully fused their love for their deen with their drive to achieve, combining success in the dunya with the pleasure of Allah and reward in the Akhirah to really exemplify what Islam should be all about.
Because of this, I found it very difficult to think of a topic to write about on this tarbiya as masha’allah all of you seem to have done it all! At this point I remembered the hadith narrated by Abu Hurrayrah (ra):
“Rasulullah Sallallhu ‘Alayhi Wasallam performed so many nawaafil prayers that his legs swelled. Someone said to him, you take so many pains, wheras you have been given the good news that your past and present sind have been forgiven? He replied: “Should I not be grateful servant”.
(Hadith Number 2: Chapter 39, Shamaa-il Tirmidhi)
The topic I will talk of today is a disease which affects the best of us and its cure will bring us closer to Allah. The Prophet (saw) exemplified this character as, from the time of his greatest struggle after being stoned out of Taif, to his greatest victory when entering into Madina, his humility to Allah demonstrates the phenomenal person which he was.
The topic of Arrogance and humility isn’t aimed at anyone specifically and is a reminder first and foremost at myself. We remember in the quran when Allah talks of the creation of Adam in Surah Al-Araf:
وَلَقَدۡ خَلَقۡنَـٰڪُمۡ ثُمَّ صَوَّرۡنَـٰكُمۡ ثُمَّ قُلۡنَا لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ ٱسۡجُدُواْ لِأَدَمَ فَسَجَدُوٓاْ إِلَّآ إِبۡلِيسَ لَمۡ يَكُن مِّنَ ٱلسَّـٰجِدِينَ (١١) قَالَ مَا مَنَعَكَ أَلَّا تَسۡجُدَ إِذۡ أَمَرۡتُكَۖ قَالَ أَنَا۟ خَيۡرٌ۬ مِّنۡهُ خَلَقۡتَنِى مِن نَّارٍ۬ وَخَلَقۡتَهُ ۥ مِن طِينٍ۬ (١٢
It is We Who created you and gave you shape; then We bade the angels bow down to Adam, and they bowed down; not so Iblis; he refused to be of those who bow down. (11) (Allah) said: “What prevented thee from bowing down when I commanded thee?” He said: “I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay.”(12)
(Surah Al-Araf Ch7; v11-12)
In the Tafsir of this ayah, it explains how Iblis was one of the Jinn who, because of his great piety and obedience to Allah, was elevated to the status of the Angels. You can imagine such a person who could achieve such a status in front of Allah and the amazing characters they must embody to be raised to such a status. However, when asked to bow down to Adam, his arrogance emerged as he refused to obey Allah and was thus repelled to be the worst of creation.
As Muslims who have been blessed to be part of the religion of Allah, we should feel proud that we have been gifted with iman and, for many of us, grown up in a family who are all muslim and accept you for who you are. In you day to day life, you will meet people who will not be as good as you in terms of religion, intelligence, looks etc, however, it is important that we are never judgemental on that individual and put ourselves above them, as they may not have been given the same opportunities that you had as a child. The prophet (saw) was the humblest of people even though he was the best of creation. As we continue to do our good work for the sake of Allah, let us remember the example of the prophet and wish to guide others to the straight path which Allah has guided us to. Ameen