The Cure For Self-Admiration, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“It should be noted that when a person says or does something, seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt), realising the blessings that Allaah (swt) has bestowed by enabling him to do or say it and knowing that Allaah (swt) helped him with regard to that, and he is doing it by the help of Allaah (swt) and not by his own power, knowledge, thought and strength – rather it is Allaah (swt) Who created for him his tongue, heart, eyes and ears – therefore He is the One Who blessed him with what he said or did.

When that becomes well entrenched in his mind, then self-admiration will not develop in him, because self-admiration results from focusing on one’s own self and not realising the blessing and help of one’s Lord.”

[Al-Faraa’id, p.144]


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