How to cure arrogance and achieve humility …

Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Baaz was asked:

[TN]: Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Baaz was the former-Mufti of Saudi Arabia. For a more detailed bio:

There are numerous Islamic text from The Qu’an and The Sunnah with the command of humility with the truth and actions, with praise of the humble people, as well as mention of their merit and reward. Likewise, there are numerous text on arrogance and haughtiness, and clarity of the punishment of the arrogant people. So with which way can we cure arrogance and achieve humility?

He Answered:

No doubt, it is obligatory upon every Muslim to be cautious of arrogance and be humble. “Those who are humble to Allah are in different levels and Allah raises them [accordingly]”(1) The arrogant person is in danger of Allah’s destruction, we ask Allah for forgiveness. A man said, “Oh Messenger of Allah! Indeed I love for my thowb [dress] and sandals to be pleasant; so, is this from arrogance?” The Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Indeed Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance is ungratefulness of the truth and scorning the people”(2) Ungratefulness of the truth is repelling it; if it differs his desires he repels it. And scorning the people is to disdain them; so, the people in his eyes are different than him, he disdains them, and sees himself above them; whether it be in his eloquentness, wealth, or career. As for other reasons, then he imagines them, and he could even be poor. In the authentic hadeeth The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Three [people]  on The Day of Resurrection Allah will not talk to them, praise them [or vouch for their actions], look at them, and for them is a tremendous punishment: The elderly man that fornicates, the king that lies, and the needy person that is arrogant.”(3) The needy person is the poor person and in addition to his poverty he makes himself [as if he’s] prominent and is tried with arrogance. Therefore, arrogance is called by money and wealth, while the poor person bigs himself up. Furthermore, arrogance is from his nature–the arrogant poor person.

As for humility, it is a soft appearance, pleasant manners, with the absence of raising above the people. He (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Indeed the most beloved of you to me and closest of you to me on The Day of Resurrection is the one with the best manners.”(4) As well as, “Piety is good manners.” Therefore, he should remember the supremacy of Allah and that He is the one that gave him the money, career, life, beautiful face, and other than that. He should [also] be remember that what thanks for all of this is humility and the absence of arrogance. He should not be arrogant [because of] money, career, lineage, beauty, power, or other than that; rather, he should remember that these are from Allah’s bounties and the thing that thanks for them is humility and holding ones self in contempt. If not, he will be arrogant to his brothers and raise himself over them. In addition, arrogance calls to oppression, untruthfulness, and the absence of purity in speech and actions. He will see himself above other; whether, in money, beauty, career, lineage, or imaginary things. With that, he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Arrogance is ungratefulness of the truth and scorning the people” Ungratefulness of the truth is repelling the truth; if it differs his desires he repels it. And scorning the people is to disdain them; he sees them to be different than him and that they aren’t worthy of him shaking their hands, him initiating the Salams [to say As-Salaamu Alaykum] to them, returning their invitations, and what is similar to that. If he remembers his weakness, that he is from a weak repugnant clot of water, is in need of using the restroom to relieve himself, from here and it exits from here, if he isnt steadfast upon obedience to Allah then the Hellfire will know his weakness, that he is needy, and that it is impermissible to be arrogant.


(1) Collected by Ibn Maajah, Ibn Habbaan, and Imam Ahmed

(2) Muslim

(3) Muslim

(4) Muslim

This was originally posted in Al-Madinah newspaper on 7/6/1416 and can be found in Majmoo’a Fatawa; additionally, on Shaykh bin Baaz’s website at:


Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Rabi’ Al-Awal 13, 1432 — February 16, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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