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The Difference Between Show-Off & Self-Admiration, By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Taymiyyah said when differentiating between self-admiration and show-off:

“Self-admiration is akin to showing off, but showing off is a kind of including people as a motive for one’s efforts, whereas self-admiration is including oneself with Allaah (swt) (in the sense that one remembers one’s talent but forgets that they all come from Allaah and by His help).

So the show-off is not fulfilling the words, “You (alone) we worship“, [1:5] and the one who admires himself is not fulfilling the words, “and You (alone) we ask for help,” [1:5] because the one who fulfils the words “You (lone) we worship” will avoid showing off, and the one who fulfils the words “and You (alone) we ask for help” will avoid self-admiration.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 10/277]


Fear Self-Admiration With Your Deeds, By Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“If you fear that self-admiration will affect your deeds, remember the One Whom you are trying to please, what blessings you are trying to seek and what kind of punishment you are seeking to escape. The one who thinks of that will see his deeds as insignificant.”

[Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 10/42]

Admiring One’s Knowledge, By An-Nawawi

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

An-Nawawee said:

“The way to rid oneself of self-admiration is to know that knowledge is a blessing from Allaah (swt) and a complete favour. That belongs to Allaah (swt) which He takes away, and that belongs to Him which He gives, and everything has an appointed time with Him, so a person should not develop self-admiration for something that he had nothing to do with and has no control over, and it is not certain that it will last.”

[Al-Majmoo’ 1/55]

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

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

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]

Ibn Hazm’s Advice To Students Of Knowledge: Self Admiration

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Hazm said:

“Whoever is tested with self-admiration, let him think of his faults; if he admires his virtues, let him think of his bad manners and attitude. If he cannot find any, to the point that he thinks that he has no faults, then he should realise that his problem is chronic and that he is the most imperfect of men, and he has the most faults and least discernment. That is because he is feeble-minded and ignorant, and there is no fault worse than these two, because the wise man is the one who can see faults in himself and tries to overcome them, whereas the foolish man is the one who is ignorant of his own faults.

If you admire your opinions, then think of the number of times you got it wrong; remember them and do not forget them. Think of every time you expressed your opinions and it turned out to be wrong, and someone else got it right and you were mistaken.

If you admire your knowledge, then remember that it is not from yourself; rather it is a pure gift from Allaah (swt) that was given to you by your Lord, so do not respond to it in a way that angers Him, for He may cause you to forget it by means of a problem with which He may test you, which my result in you forgetting what you have learned and memorised.

If you are impressed by your brothers’ praise for you, the think of the criticism of your enemies; then your self-admiration will disperse. If you have no enemies, there is nothing good in you; there is no one whose status is lower than the one who has no enemy. It is no more than the status of the one who has no blessing from Allaah (swt) for which he is to be envied, may Allaah keep us safe and sound. If you think little of your faults, then think of them if people found out about them. Imagine people finding out about them, then you will be embarrassed and will recognise your shortcomings.”

[Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar, p. 71]