BE HUMBLE

18 Jun

وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا ۖ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالْجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالًا فَخُورًا

Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are arrogant and boastful. (4:36).

  • Surah an-Nisaa is the chapter on the rights of people. This ayah summarizes all those rights.
  • It begins with the greatest right: The right of Allah Subhananu Wa Ta’la.
  • This is followed by the rights of our parents (they are the most deserving that their rights be fulfilled before anyone else).
  • The ayah ends by telling us that Allah Subhananu Wa Ta’la does not love people who have pride and are boastful. What does this have to do with the previous rights?
  • A person who has pride and arrogant will never be able to fulfill these rights.
  • Only a humble person will uphold these rights — hence, at times in dealing with family, friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. one needs to humble themselves to maintain those valuable relationships.
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