Self Admiration

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“Self admiration is the most serious of problems”

The quote mentioned above was said by the Leader of the Believers Ali ibn abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him). Self admiration spoils good deeds as vinegar does honey. Abdullah ibn Mubarak (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Self admiration means thinking that you have something others do not have” and ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) explained that this is different from showing off in that self admiration is including oneself with Allah whereas showing off is including others in motivation in doing deeds.

Imam al Ghazali explains that self admiration leads to arrogance and an overlooking of one’s own faults and mistakes. Such a person begins to think she or he is doing Allah a favour by virtue of righteousness. This person becomes so deluded that she or he neglects to notice the blessings of…

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