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The “I RoxXxX Atittude”- Arrogance and Its Many Off-Shoots

                                                    
For this article I thought I would talk small and quote big. Throughout my life I was a care-free work-little-have-fun-all-year-round kinda student who somehow managed to score 80-90% regardless of the tiny amount of hard work I put in. That in itself a blessing, which should have been a cause for bringing me closer to Allah, but nay! Like any other silly teenager of my age that just made me more and more self-reliant (read obnoxious) till I fell flat on my face. Life was all sunshine and gold till I ACTUALLY discovered that I was working lesser than my peers and scoring more. That led to a certain amount of complacency, which led to a huge amount of over dependence on the self, which ultimately led to my fall from grace, hah. Now most of you would say (the way I used to) that this is not arrogance, well maybe its not arrogance like the Pharoah`s, who said:

“Council, I do not know of any other god for you apart from Me…”” (Surah Al Qasas 28:38)

But it IS still a form of arrogance, which many of us unknowingly fall prey to  i.e thinking our success-es <read blessings> are a result of say our intellect, our logical thinking, our deductive powers…whereas that is not the case! In fact this is exactly the attitude which led to Qarun and his house being swallowed up, when he said of his vast treasures:

“He said, “I have only been given it because of knowledge I have.” (Surah Al Qasas 28:78)

Reading that just gave me the creeps! O God I sound like that! Most of us forget that Satan`s maiden sin, too, was that of arrogance, when the Lord commanded Satan to prostrate,he said:

“I am better than him. You created me from fire and You created him from clay.”” Surah Al A’raf 7:12

Read: “I am sooo better than you dude”. How many times have we said/thought that for someone we thought was beneath us, it might be the mullah next door, or the geeky guy upstairs, and if you think you`re justified in thinking so, think again…

Alhumdolillah I have learnt my lesson but changing the thought-process is a long challenging path, so when I write this article, it is more a reminder for myself than for anyone else. I believe Allah(s.w.t) teaches us lessons in so many ways that we cannot begin to comprehend His infinite wisdom. I mean can you name one teacher who has taught you the lesson of arrogance whilst killing a mosquito (machar)?:D Check following:

Scene I:

Malo sees machar on wall

<evil laugh> “dude you`re so dead!”

WHAM! $%**@

Self whining & holding hand whilst mosquito flies off peacefully, oblivious to pain inflicted

Scene II

Malo still smarting from last call, much more sub-dued <read humble>, spots killer-machine <read mosquito ofcourse>

-advances

-makes dua-“Allah let this terrorist perish at my hands,pretty please!”

SWAT!

Blood splattered on wall!

-Stops mid-step whilst breaking out into weird break-dance sequence

-remembers previous lesson

-says “Alhumdolillah”  🙂

Now you know what I meant by talk small at the start;d Also I hope that now you know how much changing the thought-process actually requires –_- -_-

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