The Destructiveness of Self-Amazement
An open lecture in Toronto (2018/04/20) by Ustādh ʿAbdu-ilāh Laḥmāmī explaining the delusion of self-amazement, a disease omnipresent amongst some of the youth today. An advice to those who seek rank and position, who suffer from the ailment of entitlement. This disease is manifested by those who seek to put themselves up, whilst they put others down. The basis of this ailment is kibr (pride).
Points of benefit from the sermon:
- Understand qadr (decree), do not be jealous of others because Allāh has not willed for you something
- Make duʿā (supplication), ask Allāh for goodness instead of hating others for what you desire
- Do not be like those who are haughty, looking down their noses at the aʿjam (non-Arab), simply because he doesn't speak Arabic
- Allāh does not love the arrogant boastful character
- The Prophet (ṣallāllahu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) was humble, gracious and accomodating
- Look to the life of Shaykh Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn, his character and graciousness, fleeing from praise, loving and humble
- Comparatively, we now have YouTube "Shaykhs" who are quick to issue rulings like an opinioative columnist
- The social media era has opened up the digital pulpit to overnight "Shaykhs" and phantom platforms, so take heed
- Stick to those who are known (to the scholars) not those seeking subscribers, we are not in need of "follow back" wannabe students
- Watch out for phantom platforms on twitter that create general topics (Arabic, Events, Rulings, Scholars) to grab the attention of the Muslims - KNOW who you're "following"
- Where is the humility in the one who seeks validation? Seeking his status? Let him humble himself and work righteous actions
- The noble scholar, Muḥāmmad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bannā used to say: Shaykh Rabīʿ used to be my student, now I go to him. This is the humilty of the scholars
- For those who attack the Salafi centre in their local, where are your attacks for Ahl al-Bidʿah? Your attacks will only fall, Allāh will not support ẓulm, attacking Ahl al-Sunnah