Hasten towards the Intention Correction: Are we confident or arrogant?


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Confidence is motivated by a sincere desire to help others and make a difference for pleasure of Allah. True confidence comes from knowing that you have the tools, resources and ability to do the job that’s expected of you.

In contrast, arrogance is driven by a need to help yourself. Deep down, arrogance actually reveals insecurity — the very opposite of confidence. Arrogant individuals seek approval and recognition from the people rather than Allah, for all the wrong reasons and in all the wrong ways.

Dear Muslims! Know that Arrogance is self-centered, whereas confidence is faith-centered, wanting the best for the creation for the sake of the Creator. Allah Ta’ala told us the story of Iblees so that we may learn lessons from it, when he ordered him to prostrate to Adam and he rejected because of his Arrogance and Envy towards Adam, claiming that he is better than him. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“(Iblees said)…I am better than him (Adam), you created me from fire, and you created him from clay.” [7:12]

So we have to take account of ourselves and strive to follow the truth when we know it, and humble ourselves in front of others. The prophet (sallAllahu alyhi wasallam) said, “….And no one humbles himself before Allaah but Allaah will raise him (in status).” (Narrated by Muslim, 2588)

Let us change our arrogant attitudes this minute and be of those who are confident and who humble themselves for the sake of Allah, for if we do that then Allah will raise us in status in Dunya and in the Akhirah Insha Allah!
~Written by Mariam Anwer
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