19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Conceited will be Like Ants

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The arrogant will be gathered like small ants in the form of men on the Day of Resurrection, overwhelmed by humiliation from all sides.” [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh]

Small ants are something to which people pay no attention; they step on them without even realizing it.

Arrogance is a major sin. It is the result of falsely ascribing greatness to oneself while the reality is that all good things are from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Arrogance is thus a form of lying about oneself and belittling Allah’s favours. So Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) hates conceited people and when He resurrects His slaves, He will gather the arrogant in a humiliating form.

Sometimes we put on an appearance of humility while our hearts are filled with conceit and haughtiness.

Rid yourself of false beliefs about yourself before your over-inflated ego is deflated and you are put in your place on the Day of Judgement.

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