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Friday Sermon: 18 June 2010

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TYPES OF TAKABBUR

According to ‘Ulama of Akhlaaq, Kibr is of three kinds: The first kind being Al-Kibr ‘Alallah. This means to do TAKABBUR on Allah (SWT). There are certain ways one does this knowingly or unknowingly:
Firstly, by believing that all his achievements of this life are purely his own efforts and that Allah (SWT) has no part or role in his success. This type of behaviour has also been termed as Qarooniyat. Qaroun belonged to the tribe of Prophet Musa (A.S.) and was also his close relative. In the Beginning he was very pious. Allah (SWT) blessed him with knowledge of making Gold and as a result he became very rich. He accumulated so much of wealth that Quran says: “And We had given him a treasure, so much so that his hoards of wealth would certainly weigh down a company of men possessed of great strength”. (28:76) Then what happened?  He became extremely proud.  The righteous people of his community cautioned him with five things:

1.    Do not exult; surely Allah does not like the exultant.
2.    And seek by means of what Allah has given you the future abode.

3.    And do not neglect your portion of this world.

4.    And do good (to others) as Allah has done good to you.
5.    And do not seek to make mischief in the land, surely Allah does not love mischief makers. (28:76-77)

What was his reaction? He had totally forgotten that Allah (SWT) blessed him with knowledge of making Gold thus making him rich. “He said: I have been given this only on account of the knowledge I have.” (28:78) His end result was destruction:  “Thus we made the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place: so he had no host to help him against Allah nor was he of those who can save themselves.” (28:81)

Secondly, Disobedience to Allah (SWT) i.e. disobeying His commandments or discontinuing His worship is a kind of Kibr (Pride).

And thirdly, to avoid supplicating and invoking Allah (SWT) is also considered as TAKABBUR. There are people who do not supplicate to Allah (SWT). The reason could be either ignorance about the importance of supplication or a sense of sufficiency with their material benefits and thus finding it unnecessary to supplicate. It should always be that however much a person considers himself to be fulfilled; he still continuously requires the favours of Allah (SWT). Situations in a person’s life change very quickly and very easily. A person once asked Imam Zaynul-’Aabideen (as), “How are you today?” Imam (as) replied, “How can he be whose good health can change into illness; whose wealthy position can change into Faqr (poverty); Whose life can change into death…”. So we are Muhtaaj of Allah (SWT) at all times. Therefore, we must resort to supplications at all times. In one of his supplications, Imam (as) says: “..So you named your dua worship and abandoning it, a pride.” Therefore in conclusion, to avoid supplication is also Kibr on Allah (SWT).

Wallahu Waliyyut Tawfeeque

 

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