It was brought to my attention, by observing behaviors of some Muslim “dawahist” on social media, that the non-Islamic like attitudes of “dawahist” overdoing arrogance, self worship/self obsession and boasting is now acceptable and encouraged behavior among some Muslims these days. This is not suitable behavior for those who do Dawah.
Allah Almighty says, “I will turn away from My Ayaat (verses of the Quran) from those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them…” [Quran; 7:146] and (what means) “… truly He likes not the proud.” [Quran; 16:23]
Such modern day practices that involve self indulgence are not to be associated with Islam, and Muslims need to reflect on self before they become overtaken by the dangerous disease of arrogance and pride. “However, a prideful person may have some knowledge, but his prideful soul does not let him comply with the truth.” There are many ayat in Quran which express the importance of extinguishing arrogance, being boastful, and walking with pride. Many of the Muslim “dawahist” must go back to reading their Qur’an rather than spending time taking tons of worthless, duck lipped, sensual, self obsessed photos/videos (sometimes several in a day), setting bad examples and sharing misleading information on Islam is a great error on the part of a dawahist. We must have the best behavior for those we set examples for. By projecting childish and negative behavior the Qur’an has warned us against, you are spreading sins by way of “dawah,” passing these harmful behaviors on to “followers” who view “dawahist” as examples of Islam. As you know, not only arrogance but bad influences we spread onto others we shall be held accountable for:
“And do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exulting overmuch; surely Allah does not love any self-conceited boaster.” (Surah Luqmān 31:18)
“One who humbles before Allah is raised by Him in status; and the one who is arrogant will be degraded by Allah.”13
“And when it is said to him, guard against (the punishment of) Allah; pride carries him off to sin; therefore hell is sufficient for him; and certainly it is an evil resting place.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:206)
Just remember among Shaytan’s weaknesses were pride and arrogance which led him to the flames of hell. Just think of what led Shaytan to hell, he cared more about others following and worshiping him rather than submitting himself to Allah. He was full of too much pride and arrogance, to the point it was unforgivable as he put himself on the level of God. Do not follow that path, and be cautious in all you do, especially when you claim to be a “Preacher of Islam.”
Here are somethings you must ask yourself and think about when when doing Dawah:
“Do you enjoin right conduct on the people and forget (to practice it) yourselves, and (yet) you recite the Scripture? Do you not reason?” (Al-Baqara, 2: 44).
“Only those with (reasoning) minds will remember (and understand God’s message)” (Al-Baqara, 2: 269).
“He refused and he was proud, and he was one of the Unbelievers.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:34)
‘Ali (a.s.) say’s:
“Take instruction from how the (Shaitan) brought Allah’s wrath, calamities, chastisement and punishment on those who were vain among the past people. Take admonition from their lying on their cheeks and falling on their sides, and seek Allah’s protection from the dangers of vanity, as you seek His protection from calamities.”3
The Holy Prophet (S) says:
“Allah will not speak to Three kinds of people on the Day of Qiyāma; and they will not be looked upon kindly by Him; and there is a severe punishment for them: An aged adulterer, a tyrant ruler and a proud beggar.”4
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) says:
“There is a special section for the arrogant people in the hell. It is called Saqr. Saqr complained to Allah (S.w.T.) for the intensity of its heat and sought permission to breathe. It breathed and scorched hell.”7
Imam (a.s.) also remarked,
“Certainly the haughty people will be raised as peanuts (on the Day of Qiyāma) and till the accounting of the people is complete they would be trampled upon.” (by others).8
“The Messiah does by no means disdains that he should be a servant of Allah, nor do the angels who are near to Him, and whoever disdains His service and is proud, He will gather them all together to Himself.
Then as for those who believe and do good, He will pay them fully their rewards and give them more out of His grace, and as for those who disdain and are proud, He will chastise them with a painful chastisement.” (Surah an-Nisā’ 4:172-173)
Words to be taken with Love as Always, Antonia