Diseases of the Heart part 3

So in this post I’m going to share what we learnt about the next disease of the heart: kibr.

Kibr is the Arabic word for pride or arrogance, when someone considers themselves superior to others.

The prophet (saw) defined kibr in this narration: “No one will enter paradise who has an atoms of pride in his heart.” A man said: “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” [Muslim]

Allah describes in many places in the Quran how much Allah detests pride and the consequences of having pride in your heart.

“I will turn away from my signs those who are arrogant upon the earth…” Quran (7:146)

“…Thus does God seal over every heart (belonging to) an arrogant tyrant. Quran” (40:35)

“Indeed He, does not love the arrogant.” Quran (16:25)

These are just some of the places that Allah speaks about how displeased he is with those who have pride in their hearts. These ayahs show that Allah will not allow someone with pride to have understanding of the Quran and He will seal their hearts from the light of emaan.

The types of Pride

There are 2 types of pride:

1) Having pride and arrogance in accepting the truth in the oneness of Allah and Islam. So this person rejects Allah, the one who created him.

2) This is the pride people have towards other people. They think they are better than others and look down on them, whether it’s in regards to deen or dunya.

The causes of Pride

There are many reasons why someone may have pride some of which are:

1) Knowledge: People of knowledge can fall into this sin as they may be admired for their knowledge and start looking down on those who don’t have as much knowledge as them.

2) Practice and Worship: When people look down on those who may not be practicing their faith. They also look down on those who sin and feel like they are better than them.

3) Lineage: People who come from a noble lineage/tribe look at those who come from a lower tribe with scorn and behave as if these people are here to serve them.

4)Wealth: Allah describes wealth as a fitna in the Quran. So it can be used for good or it can cause harm. Someone who is wealthy may start to look down at those who have less.

Qualities of a person who has Pride

1) Likes people to stand up for him

2) Wants others to walk behind him

3) Believes that he doesn’t need to visit people only that people should visit him

4) Doesn’t want others to be on his level

5) Does not help in chores

The opposite of pride is humility. The prophet (saw) was always humble.

Cures of Pride

1) Realising the greatness of Allah and realising the weakness of man.

2) Contemplate and reflect over the ayah and Hadith which speak about pride.

3) Think of others as better than you, it doesn’t matter who they are.

4) Increase in ibadah and seek refuge in Allah from this disease.

5) Surround yourself with people who remind you of Allah and of your place.

6) Engaging in chores

When you see someone who is older than you; think they’re better than you because they’ve had more time to do good.

When you see someone who is younger than you; think they’re better than you because they’ve had less time to commit sins.

Hope this has been of benefit, my next post will cover backbiting.

An Explanation of Allahs Beautiful Names and Attributes part 7

13) Al-Jabbaar
This Name of Allah appears in the Qur’an once. Allah says:
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. [al Hashr 59:23]
 
Linguistic meaning:
· comes from Jabara – to repair/mend/correct/provide a remedy.
· Jabbaar means ‘adheem (mighty), qawee (powerful), taweel (high over everything)
 
Shar’ee meaning:
· at-Tabari says: it means one who takes care of whole of creation, commands the whole of creation, does what will help/benefit them and does things that will test them.
· Qatadah says: al-Jabbār is One who does what He wants, commands what He wants. He makes it obligatory on the creation like the rain, the sun, the clouds, to run on its fixed courses, they are compelled by Allah to do exactly what He wants them to do. As for mankind some say we are compelled to do everything, we have no free will. Some say Allah doesn’t know what we are going to do; we do it however we want to do it. Ahlus-Sunnah say, Allah has allowed for us to do good deeds and bad deeds and He knows exactly what we are going to do.
 
4 ranks of Qadar
1. Al ilm – the knowledge. Allah knew exactly what was going to take place, before anything happened. He knew absolutely everything.
2. Al kitaaba – the writing. Allah commanded the pen to write down what will occur, from the beginning of time to the end of time.
3. Mashe’ah – free will. Then Allah allowed the things to take place, He granted the things to happen.
4. Khalq; creation/creating – then He created the creation for these things to happen / to be carried out.
The writing of the qadar hasn’t forced the creation to do anything because Allah has allowed things to happen. Then He created the things that will happen. Free will has already been allowed even before we were created. Thus Allah being Al Jabbaar, the One who compels and does what He wants to the creation, He compels and forces the creation that doesn’t have free will to run exactly how He wants. Then, He has prohibited what He wanted to prohibit and made obligatory what He wanted to make obligatory. He has rule over the whole of creation but as a sign of being just, He allowed us to have free will to do what we want to do so that on yawmal qiyamah, we have no argument that we didn’t have a choice in what we chose to do. Imam S’adi said Al Jabbār is the Compeller. Includes being above the whole of creation. He is the one that deserves the du’a [calling] of the people.
 
Three types of jabr
Jabbaar occurs ten times in the Quran, but is only used once for Allah ‗azza wa jall. Nine times jabbaar refers to the people oppressing others and only Allah is al-Jabbaar in a positive sense. His might is in the sense of power; Al-Jabbaar is the One who compels the tyrants, overwhelming them with His power and might.
His might is in the sense of mercy; Al-Jabbaar mends the broken-hearted by restoring peace of mind as well as reward if they are patient. Allah says about Umm Musa
And the heart of Musa‘s mother became empty [of all else]. She was about to disclose [the matter concerning] him had We not bound fast her heart that she would be of the believers. [al Qasas, 28:10]
Allah Al-Jabbaar mended her heart and so is He comforting to the oppressed and firm with the unjust; both Fir‘awn and the mother of Musa alayhi sallam will deal with Al-Jabbaar. He is the One Who solaces and comforts the oppressed and punishes the tyrants and arrogant. His might is also in the sense of greatness; Al-Jabbaar is far above His creation, yet close to them, hearing and seeing all they say, do, and even what they think.
 
Al Jabbaar – The Mender
An amazing example of Allah being Al Jabbaar the Mender is seen in the story of at-Taa‘if. After Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wassalam was driven out of the city in such a cruel way, his body and heart were literally broken and this is seen in the du‘a he made immediately after this incident.
 
O Allah I complain to you of my weakness, my lack of resources and being unimportant before the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. You are the Lord of the weak and You are my Lord too. To whom do you leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy You have given authority over my affairs? As long as You are not angry/displeased with me, I do not care. Your favour is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your countenance by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the hereafter is set aright lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased and there is no might nor power except with You.
This was the call of Our Prophet, broken out of fear that Allah was displeased or angry with him. Allah mended his heart in many ways after this incident. He first sent the Christian slave Addas to Rasoolullah with grapes, who recognised him as a Messenger of Allah and who hugged and kissed his blessed feet. Then Allah sent Jibreel who told him about the angel of the mountain who was ready to destroy the people if the Messenger so wills. But we all know Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wa sallam said not to do so, for he had hope that from the descendents of the people of Taa‘if, will come those who say la ilaaha illalah. And soon after this incident the biggest mending came from Al Jabbaar in the form of the miraculous journey of Israa wal mi‘raaj. Also the people of Taa‘if did become Muslim, after the opening of Makkah. Truly Allah heals the hearts of the broken. So when we are broken due to any of life‘s hardships and calamities, we should call upon Allah just like Rasoolullah sallahu‘alayhi wassalam did, and then we will see the way Allah manifests this name Al Jabbaar in our lives.
 
Benefits that we can learn from this Name
1. Everything is predestined. Know that Allah has decreed what He wants to decree and He changes the decree how He wants but any changes are already part of what He wrote. The du’a of a person is raised up to Allah and if something that was going to befall a person was coming down, the du’a fights the qadar, until the qadar returns. But that du’a itself was part of qadar and it was allowed by Allah to overcome the qadar that was coming down.
2. Allah does everything with a Principle, He is the law giver, Al Jabbār, doesn’t command anything except that it is completely or predominately beneficial. And that He doesn’t prohibit anything except that it is completely or predominantly harmful. An example of this is alcohol. Although there may be some benefit in alcohol, it is predominantly harmful and thus it is prohibited. Allah says:
They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought. [al Baqarah 2:219]
3. Reflect on how Al Jabbaar compels you. Al Jabbaar compels you by creating you in the way He wills you to be. You are compelled to accept your form and shape as well as the beating of your heart, your blood circulation, firing nerve cells, the way your brain works, falling asleep, and waking up. These are all involuntary actions– they are compelled by Allah‘s power. Every day, take time to reflect on the way you are made and let it increase you in emaan in the perfect power and might of Al Jabbār, who compels the creation to be as He wishes.
4. Don‘t be jabbaar. The attribute of jabr does not befit people; you are supposed to be an ‗abd (slave) of Al-Jabbaar. Jabbaar is not just tyrant ruler; you can be jabbaar when you harm or hurt other people‘s feeling or undermine their authority. Thus does Allah seal over every heart [belonging to] an arrogant tyrant. [al Ghaafir, 40:35]. An example is not listening to your parents and hurting them by your words or actions. Allah says to not say to them [so much as], uff, and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. [al Israa, 17:23]. So never be arrogant.
5. Mend someone‘s heart. If you have oppressed someone, ask for their forgiveness straight away. If you see people suffering, try to talk to them and show them your care. Mend someone‘s heart because Al Jabbaar will mend yours in times of need.
6. Turn to Al Jabbaar to fix your faults . Do you feel like you don‘t have enough time or skills to accomplish your goals? Never lower your standards; rather raise your faith in Al Jabbār to fix your deficiencies, put your life in order, and transform your sins.
14) Al Mutakabbir
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an once. Allah says:
 
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. [al Hashr 59:23]
 
Linguistic Meaning
1) To be great/kabeer, like the Name al-Kabeer or al-Akbar.
2) To be proud – something that is disliked in the characteristic for the creation, but as for the Creator it is pure and perfect.
 
Shar’ee meaning:
How is Allah Al-Mutakabbir? Allah is the only one that can be Mutakabbir for every benefit and blessing the creation has, it is due to Allah. We haven’t perfected any of the characteristics that Allah has given us, such as hearing, seeing – they are all limited because we are from the creation. But Allah is perfect in every characteristic. He was Al-Khāliq, before He even created. He was Al-Ghafoor before He forgave. He has no limit. He is proud for all of His Names and Attributes, they come from a pure, perfect form. Al Qatadah says: He is proud that He has no shar (evil). He is proud because He has no deficiencies, He judges justly. He has no sign or characteristic of evil. He is proud because He is the greatest, the Lord above the throne, He has the greatest reward and greatest punishment. He can command whatever He wants.
 
Allah Al-Mutakabbir versus the arrogant 
Allah azza wa jall describes people as mutakabbireen (arrogant) on multiple occasions in the Quran. They have arrogance in their hearts and actions towards Allah by disbelieving in His signs and they are arrogant to other people by looking down on them due to position, race, wealth, etc. The Prophet salallahu ‗alayhi wa sallam said: Allah is beautiful and loves beauty, arrogance is: rejecting the truth and looking down on people. [Muslim, At-Tirmidhee] Only Allah is al-Mutakabbir in a positive sense.
 
A lesson on how to battle pride
What is the opposite of kibr (arrogance)? It is humility, the adornment of a believer. Abu Hurayrah radiyallaahu anhu narrated that the Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: no one will exercise humility for Allah‘s sake, except that Allah will raise him up [Muslim]
Urwah ibn Zubair radiyallaahu anhu said: I saw Umar carrying a large leather water canteen on his shoulder. I said to him, O Amir-ul-Mu‘mineen, you shouldn‘t be carrying that‘. Umar replied by saying, a delegation came to Medina and I saw their obedience to me, and some ‗nakwah‘ entered into my heart and I wanted to destroy it. We all know of the strong personality of Umar radiyallaahu anhu and yet when a small amount of pride (nakwah) entered into his heart, he hurried in an attempt to destroy it before it destroyed him.
 
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Fills the heart with true understanding and true comprehension that Allah has perfect Names and Attributes. Fills our heart with knowledge that Allah is Al Mutakabbir.
2. Sign to us all, that whenever we have any pride for any of the blessings Allah has given us, it can cause it to be taken away by Allah due to this pride.
3. Be great by being humble. The greatest strength that you can attain is to have true reliance upon Allah azza wa jall and to seek His support in hardship and ease. The highest level of greatness you can attain is to show humility to your Lord.
4. Respect others for the sake of Allah. Allah says:
O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the Name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. [al Hujaraat 49:11].
Your knowledge of others is only by perception. Don‘t mock or insult others as they might have a higher position with Al-Mutakabbir than yourself. The Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever possesses an atom‘s weight of kibr will not enter into the paradise [Muslim]. Abu Bakr radiyallaahu anhu said: Let not any Muslim belittle another Muslim, for the lowest of the Muslims is great in the Sight of Allah.
5. Battle arrogance. Allah azza wa jall is the only true king and you are His slave let‘s not forget this. It‘s easy to fall into arrogance (takabbur), thinking you know better and transgressing the limits set by Allah al-Mutakabbir. Keep checking your heart for feelings of arrogance creeping in and deal with them straight away by reminding yourself of the greatness of Allah. Al-Hasan al-Basri said: I wonder at the son of Adam! He uses his hand to wash himself from his waste once or twice a day, yet he seeks to compete with the All-Mighty? Don‘t get carried away with your wealth or achievements, know it is from Al-Mutakabbir and not from yourself. The way to avoid arrogance is to remember Allah as much as we can until it becomes a habit to instantly thank Him for any good that comes our way, so increase in saying alhamdulillah. Every day ask Allah al-Mutakabbir to save you and protect you from the evil of pride and arrogance.