Humility


An experience by an anonymous sister.

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
All praise be to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala
Recently, I have been listening to a great lecture by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan through the Bayyinah podcast on my iPod. It was the explanation of Surah Lahab. SubhanAllah it was amazing. One would really know and understand the guidance and beauty of the Qur’an when we read its meanings and explanation. 
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan mentioned about Abu Lahab, the enemy of Islam. Abu Lahab was good looking, he was a leader, he was famous and the most respected person of the time. However he was filled with pride because of his status. He thought of himself above than everyone. He was very arrogant. Although he was good looking, his heart was more than uglier inside. 

Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has taught us so much about humility many many times in the Qur’an. Humility is one of the most beautiful characteristics of our Prophets and also the Companions of Our beloved Prophet Muhammad SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.  
Humility is better and more honored than Arrogance. When we are humble, people come to us and feel more comfortable to be with us. When we are arrogant, people talk behind our backs and fear our rude behavior. When we are humble, we see things more clearly and appreciate the surroundings and people around us. If we become so arrogant and think high of ourselves then we only see what’s above the surface of the glass without noticing what’s beneath it; which may cause us to fall or trip.  
In gaining knowledge and understanding as well as teaching others or even being a leader, we need humbleness. If we are humble and fear Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala, we will remain among the truthful ones. Arrogance doesn’t remain for long. One day we are arrogant as a leader, the next day we can be a beggar on the streets. Humility accompanies us in doing good whether we are in high position or a low one. In all ways, Alhamdulillah ala kulli haal. We are happy Alhamdulillah.
No matter what position we reach, I think the greatest status that Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has given are to our Prophets. They were the greatest and most honorable people who have walked on this earth and they were humble. Who are we? How is it that we expect to go to Jannah with our arrogance or negligence of watching ourselves? We need to be careful and when we get hurt in the way, it’s through Allah’s mercy teaching us humility. It is always the sincere people. The people of Haqq (the truthful ones) who tell us right away when we do wrong. It’s time for us to be humble like our prophets and the Sahabas inshaAllah. May Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala make us among the people who are humble for the sake of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala ameen. May Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala forgive me if I have said anything wrong here because I am not a scholar and I have said what I have learned through my own experience Alhamdulillah ameen.
Allah’s Messenger SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Allah told me that you should be so humble towards one another that no one should boast to anyone else and no one should oppress anyone.” Muslim 18/200)  
He SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam also said: “No one is humble for the sake of Allah, but Allah will raise him in status.” Muslim 16/141
I remember when in school, my math teacher was a very learned person mashaAllah and he of all the people was the only one who used to say “I am the most ignorant person in math” I was so gullible back then, I used to believe everything a person said. Later on I understood what he meant by that. Although he was very knowledgeable, he considered his knowledge very less and was humble. SubhanAllah!