Be humble and refrain from arrogance

Be humble and refrain from arrogance

Verses of the Qur’an revealed in Makkah challenge the intellect and are a wake up call for thinkers whose minds have been buried in the sand of culture, materialism and worldly concerns.

The following verses are calling for independent thinking; pondering the creation of the heavens and the earth, the water which falls from the sky and which produces vegetation, without which we cannot survive. We also have the alternation of the day and night, the subjugation of the moon and the stars and the sun too.

All these signs are challenging the mind to think and look. To see the magnificence, perfection and creativity in it. This should lead you to concede that there is a Creator. Not just nature, creating and organising itself;

It is He Who sends down for you from the sky water. From it is drink, and with it grows vegetation for grazing. Ash-Shu’ara:10

Allah Almighty says,

And He produces for you grains with it, and olives, and date-palms, and grapes, and all kinds of fruits. Surely in that is a sign for people who think. An-Nahl:11

And whatsoever He created for you on earth is of diverse colours. Surely in that is a sign for people who are mindful. An-Nahl:13

Your God is one God. As for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are in denial, and they are arrogant. An-Nahl:20

Without a doubt, God knows what they conceal and what they reveal. He does not like the arrogant. An-Nahl:23

It is arrogance which prevents many people from belief, not the lack of proof. Arrogance stops them seeking the truth. Unless we get rid of arrogance we cannot penetrate the truth. Allah does not love people of arrogance. He loves people of humility.

Arrogance clouds our vision and our hearts but humility and sincerity clears them.

Let’s be humble and think, ponder and reflect to understand more of Allah’s signs and miracles.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim


Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.