Allah SWT has created the human soul with the tendency of selfishness as a test. Unless he lives with the moral values of Al-Qur’an and tames his earthly desires, this feeling will dominate his entire moral frame.
Such a person usually considers himself, not someone else like Shi’a tasawwuf (sufism). He always wants the best, the best and the most perfect of everything for himself. He wants to have po njssessions and children and for his own family just to be comfortable.
When facing adversity, he will expect the people around him to undergo all kinds of risks and problems for him and to support him, even it will sacrificing of their own interests like the pillars of Islam. See also: how to develop self control in Islam
He trying to protect his own will and interests and to ensure his own comfort and happiness. When the situation is different, he can forget many things he appreciate, in order to protect his own interests and prevent any danger coming to him.
Allah already revealed the feeling of the desire arrogances in his world interest as the following Al-Qur’an:
“Indeed, mankind was created anxious, when evil touches him, impatient, and when good touches him, withholding (of it). (QS. Al-Maarij : 19-21)
And these are the following prohibition of arrogance in Islam:
1. You saw the reality of truth
Truth is in the hadith and which has been established by Allah SWT is why it is prohibited to be arrogance or selfish, It is also contained in Al-Qur’an:
“There has come to you enlightenment from your Lord. So whoever will see does so for (the benefit of) his soul, and whoever is blind (does harm) againts it. And (say), ‘I am not a guardian over you’.” (QS. Al-An’am : 104)
2. The guidance of Allah SWT is the right thing for you
It also been explained in Al-Qur’an:
“Say, ‘O mankind, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so whoever is guided is only guided for (the benefit of) his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray (in violation) againts it. And I am not over you a manager’.” (QS. Yunus : 108)
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3. If your crime is againts then it will have a good impact on you
Prohibition and teachings of Islam solely to guide and ensure the welfare of his people. So this is the best thing and also listed in Al-Qur’an:
“And whoever strives only strives for (the benefit of0 himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.” (QS. Al-‘Ankabut : 6)
4. Teach us to be grateful
There is nothing better in prohibition of arrogance than teaching His people to be grateful. As in the verses of Al-Qur’an:
“And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom (and said), ‘Be grateful to Allah.’ And whoever is grateful is grateful for (the benefit of) himself. And whoever denies (His favor) – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.” (QS. Luqman : 12)
5. Purify yourself
As already contained in Al-Qur’an :
“And no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. And if a heavily laden soul calls (another) to (carry some of) its load, nothing of it will be carried, even if he should be a close relative. You can only warn those who fear their Lord unseen and have established prayer. And whoever purifies himself only purifies himself (the benefit of) his soul. And to Allah is the (final) destination.” (QS. Fatir : 18)
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6. If performing an unfair matters
If it is not fair then you are being unjust to yourself as well as the application of pragmatic truths in the teachings of Islam. Al-Qur’an states:
“And not alike are the two bodies of water. One is fresh and sweet, palatable for drinking, and one is salty and bitter. And from each you eat tender meat and extract ornaments which you wear, and you see the ships plowing through (them) that you might seek of His bounty, and perhaps you will be grateful. (QS. Fatir : 12)
7. Good deeds are only for ourselves
Al-Qur’an already explained in the following surah:
“Whoever does righteousness – it is for his (own) soul, and whoever does evil (does so) againts it. And your Lord is not ever unjust to (His) servants. (QS. Fussilat : 46)
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8. Self-protecting teachings
Surely Allah SWT forbids arrogance in order to us not get any bad impact and avoid all things that are misleading as the main source of Islamic teachings.
As we already known that the main source of Islamic teaching is Al-Qur’an as a guidance, basic knowledge, the light of our life path, and an order to follow the Apostle. Those are written in verse of various surah in Al-Qur’an as follow:
a. Al-Qur’an as the basic of problem solver
“O, you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best (way) and best in result. (QS. An-Nisa : 59)
In the above verse explained that if Muslims facing any kind of problems and feels like there are no way out they can refer into Al-Qur’an as the basic of problem solver to mankind from Allah SWT.
b. Al-Qur’an as the foundation of knowledge
“And We had certainly brought them a Book which We detailed by knowledge – as guidance and mercy to a people who believe. (QS. Al-A’raf : 52)
Al-Qur’an is the foundation of the knowledge that Allah gives. For that reason, since as a foundation then all sorts of knowledge, laws, and solutions of human problems in life must be returned and in accordance with the basic values in Al-Qur’an. See also: the law of debate in Islam
c. Al-Qur’an as the light of life path
“By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (QS. Al-Ma’idah : 16)
Al-Qur’an is a guide and a way of life. For that, Al-Qur’an will emerge from darkness or downturn, ignorance of humankind that is more secure survivors and provide wisdom in life. For that reason Al-Qur’an will be the main point of Islam.
d. An order to follow the Apostle (The Messenger of Allah)
“And whatever the Messenger has given you – take, and what he has forbidden you – refrain from. And fear Allah, indeed Allah is severe in penalty.” (QS. Al-Hashr : 7)
In the above verse, it is explained that the Prophet Muhammad was a treatise from Allah SWT. To that end, what the Prophet says and advises should be done. This indicates that Al-Qur’an also instructs Muslims to follow and make the Apostle as a reference behavior in life. See also: list of unforgivable sins in Islam
Thus the explanation regarding what are the prohibitions of arrogance in Islam that Muslims should know to no longer have an arrogance character either intentionally or unintentionally.