I, Me and Myself
There goes a famous dialogue in the Indian film industry these days which is “Never under estimate 3 things in Life – I, Me and Myself”. This is on the tongues of both young and old and they proudly utter this boastful statement to one and all, as and when required.
Leave apart the non-Muslims, what is even more strange is the fact that, young Muslims of today have turned a deaf ear to their religion, and have been accustomed so much to the custom and culture of this deceitful world, that they don’t even analyze anything, before uttering.
People utter this foolish statement only in order to boast about themselves, or to put himself/herself above others. Whenever they utter such statement, a sense of pride creeps in. Hardly do they realize that they are oppressing their own selves.
Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) mentions in his book Za’ad al-Ma’aad:
“Every Muslim should be warned of the oppression of: ‘I – My/Mine – I Possess’
Indeed, these three words are what Iblees (Shaytan), Fir’awn and Qaroon were tried with.
Iblees said: ‘I am better than him’
Fir’awn said: ‘Is not mine the Kingdom of Egypt,’
Qaroon said: ‘This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess.’
So, regarding the saying of the Slave of Allah ‘I’ – then the best that he can be described with is:
I am a slave who sins, makes mistakes, seeks forgiveness and recognizes this.
So, regarding the saying of ‘My/Mine’ – and those statements similar to that is:
My sins, my crimes, my humbleness, my depravation and submissiveness.
So, regarding the saying of ‘I Possess’- then the best that he can be described with is:
Forgive me for my mistakes and what I do intentionally, in jest, or in seriousness and I possess all these shortcomings.”
[Za’ad al-Ma’aad 2/475 – By Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawzeeyah (rahimahullaah)]
Oh Muslims, remember that, Pride is an attribute that is not befitting for anyone except Allah. Whoever seeks to compete with Allah in that, Allah will destroy him, wreak vengeance on him and make things difficult for him.
It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri and Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Might is His garment and pride is His cloak; whoever seeks to compete with Me concerning them, I will punish him.” [Narrated by Muslim, 2620]
Oh Muslims, remember that, a muslim is not the one who boasts.
‘Iyaad ibn Himaar al-Mujaasha‘i (may Allah be pleased with that) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said one day in his khutbah: “Allah has revealed to me that you should be humble so that no one will boast to anyone else and no one will transgress against anyone else.” [Narrated by Muslim, 5109]
So, my dear Muslim brethren, adorn yourself with honour and that which leads to it, such as good manners, a cheerful face, spreading the salaam (the salutation), showing forbearance, hating haughtiness, having self-esteem which is free from tyranny, and being gallant but not for the sake of zealous partisanship, and being fanatic without being patriotic.
Therefore, avoid the affairs that tarnish your honour, whether it be (in your) nature, speech, or actions; [and] also [indulging in] degrading actions, or evil habits such as: [being] conceited, showing off, boastfulness, arrogance, and looking down upon others, to be seen in doubtful places.
We ask Allah to keep all his believing slaves away from falling into pride, boasting and all such evils.