ARROGANCE IS THE SOURCE OF ALL EVIL

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n order to understand that arrogance is a feature completely against the morals of Islam, we should refer to the Qur’an and see that it is the major character flaw of the Satan. Through the verses in the Qur’an we are HARUN YAHYA informed that Allah created the angels and jinn before He created the Prophet Adam. They were glorifying Allah with praise. Then, Allah created Adam (as), the first human being, and commanded the angels to prostrate themselves to him. With wholehearted obedience, the angels complied with Allah' s command and prostrated themselves to Adam. Yet, Iblis (Diabolis), one of the jinn, rebelled against this command. That is because, he believed that he was superior to Adam (as). Out of this arrogance, he replied to the question Allah posed to him: "Iblis, what prevented you prostrating to what I created with My own Hands? Were you overcome by arrogance or are you one of the exalted?" (Surah Sad: 75), as follows: "I am better than him. You created me from fire but You created him from clay." (Surah Sad: 76) Iblis, who dared such a disobedience to Allah' s command, was denounced by Allah and was destined to the eternal torment of Hell. The reason why Iblis revolted against Allah was due to his "arrogance," or to put it in other words, "vanity." What instilled these feelings of pride in Iblis was a vice he had allowed to grow within himself: "Ego"…

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Arrogance is Satan' s most fundamental character flaw. Consequently, "arrogance" and "vanity," which is its derivative, are the source of all evil and perversion. As it was the case with millions of people who have lived in the past, these flaws for which Satan was guilty have also seized control of the base natures of innumerable number of people living today, drag them into the same evil ways of Iblis. An arrogant person, that is, someone who attributes an independent power to himself, and thus shows an undue arrogance towards Allah, and turns his back to His verses, is continually vulnerable to Satan' s wiles. So, one should comprehend all the aspects of arrogance and the character flaws of a person who is seized by this malady, and avoid Satan to cleanse himself of this evil. The reason underlying a person' s arrogance is his erroneous assumption that he has an existence apart from and independent of Allah, and that he has acquired his qualities of his own doing. However, in order to recognise the irrational nature of this line of thinking, one does not have necessarily to adhere to a faith.

Simply giving a little thought to this matter would make one grasp that he has not come into being by his own will, that he has no idea whatsoever about the time he will meet his death, and that his physical characteristics had not been given to him on his own doing. All these factors should lead him to comprehend that everything he possesses, including his body, is temporal, and will ultimately perish. All these indicators are clear evidence that man is weak, and that nothing-not even those things he thinks he is in possession of-in actuality, belong The equivalent term of "ego" in Arabic (enaniyet) is a derivative of the to himself, or that he exercises control over them. (Please refer to The Truth of the word “ene”. It means attributing a separate existence to one' s self, seeing Life of this World, Harun Yahya) We could multiply these examples still, one' s existence apart from and independent of Allah, and orienting one' s through deeper thought. In light of all these facts, it becomes clear how irrational deeds, attitudes and outlook by it. is arrogance. But, the majority of people are so unconcerned about their role in www.darwinismrefuted.com Arrogance, on the other hand, is merely one of the manifestations of life that they cannot grasp-or are prone to forget-even these simple facts. For this "Ego." Once a person builds an "ego-centered attitude," eventually he will reason, in our day, one can hardly encounter a person who is not guilty of arrogance on some level. begin to boast about the qualities and means Allah had granted to him as blessings, such that, these means However, it is entirely unthinkable for a person to become arrogant if he is aware that Allah is the become the presumed justification of his flawed mindset. As the Prophet Muhammad (saas) said in a Almighty, that He created everything from nothing. Allah is the One Who has endowed humans with all famous hadith, "Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.' (Muslim) their qualities and bestowed upon them their possessions, and He can take them back whenever He wills. No matter the circumstances, such a person sees himself superior and greatly valuable. In the Qur' an, Besides, all beings are mortal, and the only One Whose existence will persist forever is Allah alone. Only such a person is said to deify himself. the ones who fail to grasp these facts and forget about their deficiencies, weaknesses and death, can dare Consequently, arrogance and, in connection with it, vanity, equals to associating partners to Allah and to act as such in vain and arrogance. disbelief. In fact, this vice of Iblis' is explained thus: "... Iblis who was arrogant and was one of the To purchase the works of Harun Yahya, please visit: www.bookglobal.net or contact: disbelievers." (Surah Sad: 74) The arrogance of Iblis, which made itself evident when he was commanded to prostrate to Adam (as), ultimately resulted in eternal torment for him. This account indicates how great a danger arrogance is to those who harbour this evil feeling in their heart.

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