Surah Az-Zumar, Verse 49:
فَإِذَا مَسَّ الْإِنسَانَ ضُرٌّ دَعَانَا ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلْنَاهُ نِعْمَةً مِّنَّا قَالَ إِنَّمَا أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ بَلْ هِيَ فِتْنَةٌ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
When harm touches man, he calls to Us (for help), then when We have changed it into a favour from Us, he says: “Only because of knowledge (that I possess) I obtained it.” Nay, it is only a trial, but most of them know not!
Allah describes the typical man who takes pride in what He has been given & boasts about things which he did not do…when,
-we become knowledgeable/skillful
-we acquire riches
-we have beauty
-we get beautiful spouses & children
-we pass a difficult exam
-we have good health…
We tend to think these things come to us because of who we are, because we deserve it which leads us to take pride in it.
When we pass an exam, we think we passed it because of ‘our own knowledge’. Subhanallah, not the knowledge, beauty, wealth, status or even our health, none of that can we claim to have acquired it ourselves, they are only gifts from Allah by which he tests us [21: 35] to see whether we will acknowledge them, be grateful to Him, & increase us in humbleness.
Then in reality, we really can’t take pride in anything we have or own. It is He alone that can & should be proud. He (swt) said in a hadith qudsi:
” Pride is My robe & majesty is My lower garment. So as for he who challenges Me (by adopting these qualities for himself) in one of these too, then I will cast him into hell fire” [muslim 2620, Ahmad 7335]
“He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter paradise”. [Muslim, sahih]
May Allah’s gift continue to be a source of humbleness for us, & may He make us understand more gems from His Qur’an, ameen.