20 Ways to Show Off
By Sheikh Salman b. Fahd al-Oadah General Supervisor of the Islam Today Website
20 WAYS TO SHOW OFF
Praise be to Allah; we praise Him, seek His forgiveness, and turn to Him in repentance. We seek refuge with Him from the evils of our souls and the evils of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomever Allah leads astray, none can guide.
I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
Allah created the human being and exalted him above all other creatures. First of all, He gave him the most perfect physical form. Allah says: “Truly, We have created the human being in the best of forms.” [Sûrah al-Tîn: 4] Nothing in Creation comes close to the human being in the perfection and harmony of its form and the excellence of the parts of its body.
Then Allah exalted the human being with something far greater, something that clearly sets him apart from all other things in existence. He graced him with the gift of reason and the honor of being directly accountable to his Lord.
Hence, Allah speaks to us directly in the Qur’ân, saying: “O human being!” Allah is not addressing merely our bodies, but our minds and souls. This is why a person who is insane is not held accountable in Islamic Law.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The pen has been lifted from three: a sleeping person until he awakens, a small child until he matures, and an insane person until he comes to his senses.”
1 It is clear to all sensible people that the gifts of reason and true humanity, and the honor of direct accountability before Allah are the greatest blessings that Allah has bestowed upon mankind. Allah, from above the seven heavens, calls out to us and addresses us directly.
Surpassing all of these honors is the fact that Allah chose His Messengers from our kind. Allah says: “Allah did confer a great favor on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from among themselves.” [Sûrah Âl `Imrân: 164]
The greatest honor that Allah has conferred upon humanity is our direct accountability to Him, and the highest expression of this accountability is to worship Allah with true sincerity and devotion.
Therefore, we shall discuss in this short treatise a great threat to that sincerity. This threat is the human tendency to show off.