The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught that the means to drawing nearer unto the Divine Presence of God is the purification and perfection of one’s character. Towards this end, it is important for us to know what God hates most in addition to what is most pleasing to the Cherisher, Lord and Sustainer of the Universe.
Looking at the example of Iblees and his fall from grace, it becomes evident and clear that the single characteristic which is most displeasing to Allah Almighty is arrogance.
What God Hates Most: Arrogance
It is arrogance that leads to anger, which is but resistance to Divine Will and the lack of surrender to the One Lord of the Worlds.
Furthermore, arrogance leads us to every evil and sin, and it is for this reason that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ stated, “None shall enter Paradise in whose heart is an atom of arrogance.”
The truth is that arrogance is a subtle form of idolatry of self, for in asserting ourselves with arrogance within creation, we are in effect negating the sacred kalimah, which is the foundation of faith and that states, “There is no god but God.”
The true idolatry, or shirk, is the worship and establishing of the self upon the Throne of the Divine, for true belief in the principle of oneness, or tawhid, is only realized through self-effacement rather than self-aggrandizement.
Topics covered in this video include arrogance and its relationship to anger, surrender versus resistance, pride and ego, the reality of idolatry and idol worship, and more.
Also, I briefly discuss the importance of conscious and intentional use of social media and content consumption so as to be able to benefit from the resources and platforms available online while minimizing their inherent harm and detriment.
To your divine and eternal success.