4 Things Islam says about pride

Ever thought you are better than the other? Ever looked down upon someone (knowingly or unknowingly? If you have, think again. Iblis was expelled from heaven because he was too proud and arrogant to make a prostration to Adam at his Lord’s command. So if you’ve ever looked down upon someone, whose footsteps are you following? The story of Satan is proof enough that pride holds no place in Islam.


Come to think of it, the Islamic literature is full of instances which renounce and prohibit pride. Think of Firaun. He has been labelled as the biggest tyrant on planet earth because he was proud enough to think that he was God. Even after numerous reminders, he did not budge. So Allah destroyed him and exemplified his death. Because, in a nutshell, Allah hates pride. 

4 things Islam says about pride

“Allah loves not the proud and arrogant”.

Many Prophets have come and gone by. Many nations have been destroyed because they did not pay heed to the call of the Messengers. They responded to the truth with pride in their culture/forefather’s religion and whatnot. Allah says in the Quran in Surah al Nisa that He hates pride and arrogance in clear and simple words. Putting it in context today, there are people who take pride in their color, in their caste, in their nationality, in their level of worship and their occupations. If you are one among them, reflect over this for a while. Is any of this worth earning Allah’s displeasure?

The proud will land in hell.

The Almighty Allah says in Surah az-Zumar,

“Is there not in Hell an abode for the proud?” (Surah az-Zumar 39:60)

He also says:

“It shall be said: Enter the gates of hell to abide therein; so evil is the abode of the proud.” (Surah az-Zumar 39:72)

Again denouncing pride!

An atom’s weight of pride can lead one to hell

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” 

Narrated by Muslim, 91.


It was narrated from ‘Amr ibn Shu’ayb via his father and grandfather that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “On the Day of Resurrection, the arrogant will be gathered like ants in the form of men. Humiliation will overwhelm them from all sides. They will be driven to a prison in Hell called Bawlas, with the hottest fire rising over them, and they will be given a drink of the juice of the inhabitants of Hell, which is teenat al-khabaal.” 

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2492

Examples are many. The crux boils down to the fact that Islam stands against pride of any form. 

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