OUTLOOK — By Majed Al Sulaimany —
♦ I have only been sent for the perfection of character. — Prophet Muhammad
♦ That person will not enter Paradise who hath one atom of pride in his heart!
When Satan was told to bow down to Adam, he refused Allah’s order because he thought himself as more important than Adam though all the other Angels did bow down to Adam! He refused and he was proud, and he was one of the Unbelievers. — Surah Baqarah 2:34
Many scholars are of the opinion that ‘Pride’ is one of the greatest sins and evils in life and in humanity and the cause of many disasters, tragedies, calamities and catastrophies in life — and the situation is only getting worse by the day! People will never learn from experiences and from history — and that is the most tragic misfortune part in our lives now.
If you read the Quran and The Hadith it is full of verses and stories of ‘those who are proud, arrogant and contemptuous’ of being assigned for eternal Hell fire.
Allah says in Surah Zumar (Verse 60): Is there not in Hell an abode for the proud? Also — It shall be said: Enter the gates of hell to abide therein; so evil is the abode of the proud. — Surah Zumar 39:72.
In Surah Mo-min (Verse 35) The Almighty remarks: Thus does Allah set a seal over the heart of every proud, haughty one.
Certainly Allah does not love the proud ones. — 16:23
It is narrated that the Prophet Moses (May Allah be pleased with him) asked Allah: Oh my Lord! Who is the most deserving of your wrath and displeasure? The reply he got was: It is he whose heart is filled with pride and his tongue is filthy (that is abusive), his eyes are devoid of shame, his hands are miserly and he is of bad conduct and character.
One of the requirements of fasting is your own personal salvation where you vow to be a better person in life and ask for forgiveness for your past deeds and sins that you have committed so that you elevate yourself to a higher level of behaviour, conduct and the way you deal with others — not only your relatives, family and friends — but everyone else that you will interact and interface in life. Despite knowing all these things people continue to behave and act as before — if not getting more bad and worse — even in this month of fasting! They will simply not change and they will continue to think that they are always right. That is the most worrisome and scary part!
As I always say: Offices are the places where human wickedness, evils, foibles and everything bad comes out most! Being M I like to send what I consider as good e-mails to people. However, last week a friend advised me not to send any e-mails of any kind to a certain person because his Big Boss was asking him why is M sending him e-mails? Just block and return his e-mails because I do not want you two to correspond to each other! The e-mails were returned ‘as undeliverable’!
Frankly, I do not like to deal with people who cause strife and friction, especially in this month. This person and his boss exchange fake and artificial smiles — as if they are really interested in each other — albeit all the other things behind the scenes! How much double faced and hypothetical one can get in life! They both think that they are well past needing anything from me so they can well afford to do what they are doing now.
If these kinds of things can happen to top people who are you as top company brass to think that you are better than others? Have you not seen scandal-hit top brasses quitting at short notice !
People never learn the lessons of life until it is too late. Forgive them for now because they are brainwashed, indoctrinated and drunk with power. They need to control, manipulate and dominate others and are always cynical, proud, sarcastic and contemptuous of almost everybody else — even their own family, relatives and friends! I feel sorry for them and pray for them. That is all we can do for now!