Pride, its Reality and Remedy

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter: (The questioner has apparently requested advice with regards to the remedy of pride. Hereunder is the reply to the question)

Reply: Pride is when a person considers himself to be superior and thinks of others to be lower than him. The remedy for pride is that a person should ponder over this: “Whatever perfection I may see in myself is not on account of my own achievement. Rather, it is from Allah Ta‘ala and in his control. He may take it back whenever He wishes. Then what achievement will I have? Allah Ta‘ala has power over everything. He gives honour to whom He wishes and disgrace to whom He wishes.” One should think over this to such an extent that it firmly settles in the mind. Insha-Allah, in this way pride will be removed. (Maktoobaat vol. 1, pg. 23)

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