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Major Sins: Pride and Arrogance

Islam has considered somethings as major sins and has advised its followers to guard themselves against those. One of these major sins are pride and arrogance.


Pride and arrogance take roots when a person feels superior to others, whether in terms of social or economical status, honorable lineage or on the basis of piety. Islam has strictly forbidden both.

Our Prophet (SAW) said: ” Whoever has pride in his heart equal to the weight of a mustard seed, shall not enter the Paradise.” Someone said:”A person likes to wear beautiful clothes and fine shoes.” He replied:”Allah is beautiful and likes beauty. Pride means rejecting the truth and looking down on other people.”

(Muslim)

The Prophet (SAW) said:” Shall I not tell you who the inhabitants of Hell are? They are the people who are stuck-up, arrogant and stubborn.”

(Bukhari)

We can easily refrain ourselves from committing these major sins; We only have to believe that all the people of this world are the children of Adam(AS) and Havva (Eve) AS, that no one is superior than the other on the basis of his lineage, language, social/ economical status in the society. For Allah, the main virtue of distinction is the level of piety of the person, yet the person is not allowed to think that he is better than the others even if he is more pious than the rest. Believing in Islam is not limited to thinking only, it is judged by the words and actions of the believer as well.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said, “If anyone of you looked at a person who was made superior to him in property and (in good) appearance, then he should also look at the one who is inferior to him, and to whom he has been made superior.”

(Bukhari :497/8)

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” Indeed, Allah has saved you from the ignorant practices ( of the days before Islam) and the bad habits of boasting about ancestors. A person is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All people are the Children of Adam (AS) , and Adam was created from dust.”

(Ahmed, Abu Dawud)