Tawadhu’ is humble or not arrogant. Tawadhu’ or humble is a good deed in Islam. Tawadhu’ in Islam means that someone places himself lower than Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and His other servants. You may also read benefits of good deeds in Islam.
Someone who have tawadhu’ will not brag himself to anyone. He always considers and views that others are greater than himself. And someone who have tawadhu’ will accept every truth and submit to that truth. If someone cannot accept a truth that come to him from a weak person, then that person brag himself to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala because every truth comes from Allah, The Almighty (Al-Haq).
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has commanded human to do tawadhu’ and He forbids human to brag their selves in this world.
In the Al-Qur’an Surah Al-Isra verse 37, which reads :
“And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.”
In that verse, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has alerted His servants to be not arrogant, because they cannot through the world and reach the mountains in height, so on what basis humans brag their selves?
And indeed, the servants of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala are those who do not brag their selves and walk in humility. Although they know that others are more stupid than them, they greet them with insulting language, but the servants of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala are still humble and they say Salaam to them. As it is said by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in the Al-Qur’an Surah Al-Furqan verse 63, which reads :
“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.”
As we know, every matters in Islam have importance and badness for those who do it. In the matter of tawadhu’, someone who do it or have a spirit of humility will get some importance of humble.
Importance of Humble in Islam
Indeed the human nature is as a khalifah in this world, but it is not meant that human may boast himself in front of the Creator and His servants. We must always tawadhu as a devoted servant of Allah, because someone who always humbles himself and his heart is one of the righteous behaviors.
He always behaves as paddy (based on an old Indonesian word) “semakin berisi semakin menunduk”, its means just as the paddy that bends lower as it ripens, so too do those who are wise and knowledgeable display greater humility. He does not show off anything, either in matter, science and power.
Here are some importance of humble in Islam :
- Humble will give a way to heaven
In narration of Muslim, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said : “Will not enter Paradise someone who in his heart there is pride although it is only as big as zarrah.”
From that hadith, we know that a humble person will enter the heaven and whoever boast of him, although it is only a little, then he will not enter the heaven.
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- Prevent someone from being proud and boastful
From Iyadh bin Himar radhiyallahu anha, The Messenger of Allah SAW said :
“And Allah reveals to me that you should be humble each other, so that there is no one should be proud of the others and no one should be zhalim in the others.” (Narrated by Muslim)
In that hadith, Allah SAW revealed to the Prophet that human humble each other to avoid the attitude of pride themselves.
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- Allah SWT will raise the degree of those who humble themselves
From Abu Hurairah ra., Rasulullah SAW said :
“Alms will not reduce treasures. No one will forgive others, but Allah will add his glory. And no one humbles for Allah, but Allah will raise his rank.” (Narrated by Muslim)
[AdSense-A] From that hadith, we can know that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will add the glory of those who forgive others and Allah SWT will raise the degree of those who humble themselves or not boast in front of Allah SWT and His servants.
- Respected by others
People will be reluctant and respectful to us, if they knew our advantages. But we have to still humble and not brag.
- Delighting many people
People will be more happy to people who always humble than with people who always boast, they will feel annoyed and to people who always boast.
- Have a lot of friends
Someone who always do tawadhu’ is not only liked by people, but he will have a lot of friends, both in work, school or community environments. Someone will be not uncomfortable to be friends with people who are always humble and inferiority. You may also read how to choose good friends in Islam.
- Your heart is always calm
Someone who always humble, will feel peace and serenity in his heart. Because he does not need to boast in front of others and we will not feel jealous when there is someone who is taller and greater than him.
- Inheriting the noble attitude of the Prophets
The Prophets always humble themselves, whereas there are human who are chosen by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala such as the Prophet Musa ‘alaihi sallam. He is not shy to do a job such as feeding and drinking the farm animals. He did it because he wanted to help two women who had an elderly father. In a hadith, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam always help his family’s job although he is a noble prophet.
From Al-Aswad, he said, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said : “I has asked to Aisyah about what the Prophet Muhammad did when he was at home. Then Aisyah answered :
“He always helps the work of his family and when the time of prayer comes, then he goes out to do the prayers.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)
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- Tawadhu is one way to a noble position
From Abu Bakar Ash-Shidi, he said : “we find that the glory comes from the nature of piety, qana’ah (feeling sufficient), arise out of confidence (on what is in the side of Allah), and a noble position can be got from the nature of tawadhu.”
- Make the Prophet Muhammad as a paragon
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is a person who always humble and inferiority. He never boast his glory and specialness. And even he wants to give Salaam to children who have levels under him.
From Anas, he said : “Indeed, The Messenger of Allah always visits the Anshor. Then he gave Salaam to children and rubbed his head.” (Narrated by Ibn Hibban)
From some virtues of humility in Islam above, we can know clearly that low self and humble are a matter which is recommended by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. And as good Muslims, we have to always do tawadhu to be included into the group of people who fear with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
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