Allah does not like proud and boastful people. Quran 4:36

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Quran: Chapter 5 ‘Wal Muhsanaat’, Sura: 4 ‘An-Nisa’ ‘The Women’,

Verse 36: Worship Allah and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakeen, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful.

Difficult words:

Kinsfolk: one’s family or relatives also used for persons of relations by blood.

Wayfarer: traveler.

The companion by your side: your colleagues, people with whom you work.

Proud: arrogant, self important, swollen with pride, haughty, snobbish, big headed. Boastful: full of one’s own self, bragging, self praising, proud.

Explanation by Ibne Kathir (‘Imad Ad-Din, Isma’il bin ‘Umar bin Kathir b. 702 Hijri in Basra, Syria– d. 774 H/ b. 1301 Christian Era– d. 1373CE)

The Order to Worship Allah and to Be Dutiful to Parents

Allah says;

وَاعْبُدُواْ اللّهَ وَلاَ تُشْرِكُواْ بِهِ شَيْئًا …                        

Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship,

Allah orders that He be worshipped Alone without partners, because He Alone is the Creator and Sustainer Who sends His favors and bounties on His creation in all situations and instances. Therefore He deserves to be singled out, without associating anything or anyone from His creation with Him in worship.

Indeed, the Prophet said to Mu`adh,

أَتَدْرِي مَا حَقُّ اللهِ عَلَى الْعِبَادِ ؟

Do you know what Allah’s right on His servants is?

Mu`adh replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.”

He said,

أنْ يَعْبُدُوهُ وَلَا يُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا

That they should worship Him and should not worship any others with Him.

The Prophet then said,

أَتَدْرِي مَا حَقُّ الْعِبَادِ عَلَى اللهِ إِذَا فَعَلُوا ذَلِكَ ؟ أَنْ لَا يُعَذِّبَهُم

Do you know what the right of the servants on Allah is if they do this He should not punish them.

… وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا …

and do good to parents,

Allah commands the servants to be dutiful to their parents, for Allah made parents the reason for the servants to come to existence, after they did not exist.

Allah joins the order to worship Him with being dutiful to parents in many places. For example, He said,

أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِى وَلِوَلِدَيْكَ

give thanks to Me and to your parents, (31:14)

and,

وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّـهُ وَبِالْوَلِدَيْنِ إِحْسَـناً

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents). (17:23)

After Allah ordained being dutiful to parents, He ordained kind treatment of relatives, males and females.

… وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَى …

kinsfolk,

A Hadith states,

الصَّدَقَةُ عَلَى الْمِسْكِينِ صَدَقَةٌ، وَعَلى ذِي الرَّحِمِ صَدَقَةٌ وَصِلَة

Charity given to the poor is Sadaqah, while charity given to relatives is both Sadaqah and Silah (keeping the relations).

Allah then said,

… وَالْيَتَامَى …

orphans,

because they lost their caretakers who would spend on them. So Allah commands that the orphans be treated with kindness and compassion.

Allah then said,

… وَالْمَسَاكِينِ …

Al-Masakin (the poor),

who have various needs and cannot find what sustains these needs. Therefore, Allah commands they should be helped in acquiring their needs in a sufficient manner that will end their inadequacy.

We will further elaborate on the matter of the destitute and the poor in Surah Bara’h (9:60).

The Rights of the Neighbor

Allah said,

… وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ …

the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is a stranger

Ali bin Abi Talhah said that Ibn Abbas said that

وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى (the neighbor who is near of kin) means,

“The neighbor who is also a relative,”

while, وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ (The neighbor who is a stranger) means,

“Who is not a relative.”

It was also reported that Ikrimah, Mujahid, Maymun bin Mihran, Ad-Dahhak, Zayd bin Aslam, Muqatil bin Hayyan and Qatadah said similarly.

Mujahid was also reported to have said that Allah’s statement, وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ (the neighbor who is a stranger) means,

“The companion during travel.”

There are many Hadiths that command kind treatment to the neighbors, and we will mention some of them here with Allah’s help.

The First Hadith Imam Ahmad recorded that Abdullah bin Umar said that the Messenger of Allah said,

مَازَالَ جِبْرِيلُ يُوصِينِي بِالْجَارِ حَتَّى ظَنَنْتُ أَنَّهُ سَيُوَرِّثُه

Jibril kept reminding of the neighbor’s right, until I thought that he was going to give him a share of the inheritance.

The Two Sahihs recorded this Hadith.

The Second Hadith Imam Ahmad recorded that Abdullah bin `Amr said that the Messenger of Allah said,

مَازَالَ جِبْرِيلُ يُوصِينِي بِالْجَارِ حَتَّى ظَنَنْتُ أَنَّهُ سَيُوَرِّثُه

Jibril kept reminding me of the neighbor’s right, until I thought he was going to appoint a share of the inheritance for him.

Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi recorded this Hadith, which At-Tirmidhi said was “Hasan Gharib through this route.”

Difficult words from samia2010oct

….Imam Ahmad: Full name Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hambal (164 A.H. /780 CE.241 A.H. / 855 CE) http://www.renaissance.com.pk/mjuletfor96.html

….Abu Dawud: Imam Abu Dawud Sulaiman ibn Ash`ath ibn Ishaq ibn Bashir ibn Shaddad ibn `Umar ibn `Imran al-Azdi Sajastani, born in Sajistan, Khurasan, in 202 A.H., 817 CE, died on Friday 16th Shawwal 275 A.H., 889 CE, at the age of 72. http://www.sunnah.org/history/Scholars/imam_abu_dawud.htm)

….At-Tirmidhi: Imam Abū ‛Īsa Muḥammad ibn ‛Īsa ibn Sawrah ibn Mūsa ibn al Ḍaḥḥāk al-Sulamīat-Tirmidhī (209-279 AH/824- 892 CE) http://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/about

Explanation by Ibne Kathir continued:

The Third Hadith Imam Ahmad recorded that Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As said that the Prophet said,

خَيْرُ الْأَصْحَابِ عِنْدَ اللهِ خَيْرُهُمْ لِصَاحِبِهِ، وَخَيْرُ الْجِيرَانِ عِنْدَ اللهِ خَيْرُهُمْ لِجَارِه

The best companions according to Allah are those who are the best with their friends, and the best neighbors according to Allah are the best with their neighbors.

At-Tirmidhi recorded this Hadith and said, “Hasan Gharib”.

The Fourth Hadith Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Miqdad bin Al-Aswad said that the Messenger of Allah asked his Companions,

مَا تَقُولُونَ فِي الزِّنَا ؟

What do you say about adultery?

They said, “It is prohibited, for Allah and His Messenger have prohibited it. So it is forbidden until the Day of Resurrection.”

The Messenger of Allah said,

لَأَنْ يَزْنِيَ الرَّجُلُ بِعَشْرِ نِسْوَةٍ، أَيْسَرُ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَنْ يَزْنِيَ بِامْرَأَةِ جَارِه

For a man to commit adultery with his neighbor’s wife is worse than if he commits adultery with ten women.

He then said,

مَا تَقُولُونَ فِي السَّرِقَةِ ؟

What do you say about theft?

They said, “It is prohibited, for Allah and His Messenger prohibited it.”

He said,

لَأَنْ يَسْرِقَ الرَّجُلُ مِنْ عَشْرَةِ أَبْيَاتٍ، أَيْسَرُ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَنْ يَسْرِقَ مِنْ جَارِه

If a man steals from his neighbor, it is worse for him than stealing from ten homes.

Only Ahmad recorded this Hadith.

A similar Hadith is recorded in the Two Sahihs, Ibn Mas`ud said,

“I asked, `O Allah’s Messenger! What is the greatest sin?’

He said,

أَنْ تَجْعَلَ للهِ نِدًّا وَهُوَ خَلَقَك

To make a rival for Allah while He Alone created you.

I said, `Then.’

He said,

أَنْ تَقْتُلَ وَلَدَكَ خَشْيَةَ أَنْ يَطْعَمَ مَعَك

To kill your offspring for fear that he might share your food with you.

I said, `Then.’

He said,

أَنْ تُزَانِيَ حَلِيلَةَ جَارِك

To commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.”

The Fifth Hadith Imam Ahmad recorded that,

Aishah asked the Messenger of Allah, “I have two neighbors, so whom among them should I give my gift?”

He said,

إِلى أَقْرَبِهِمَا مِنْكِ بَابًا

The neighbor whose door is the closest to you.

Al-Bukhari narrated this Hadith.

Difficult words from samia2010oct: Al-Bukhari: Full name Imâm Abû `Abdullâh Muhammad ibn Ismâ`îl al-Bukhârî (194 H- 265 H / 809 CE- 878 CE) http://www.sunnah.org/history/Scholars/imam_bukhari.htm

Explanation by Ibne Kathir continued:

We will elaborate on this subject in the Tafsir of Surah Bara’h, Allah willing and upon Him we depend.

… وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ …

the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet),

Being Kind to Slaves and Servants

Allah said,

… وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ …

and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess,

this is an order to be kind to them because they are weak, being held as captives by others.

An authentic Hadith records that;

during the illness that preceded his death, the Messenger of Allah continued advising his Ummah:

الصَّلَاةَ الصَّلَاةَ، وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُم

(Protect) the prayer, (protect) the prayer, and (those slaves) whom your hands possess.

He was repeating it until his tongue was still.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Miqdam bin Ma`dykarib said that the Messenger of Allah said,

مَا أَطْعَمْتَ نَفْسَكَ فَهُوَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ

وَمَا أَطْعَمْتَ وَلَدَكَ فَهُوَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ

وَمَا أَطْعَمْتَ زَوْجَتَكَ فَهُوَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ

وَمَا أَطْعَمْتَ خَادِمَكَ فَهُوَ لَكَ صَدَقَة

What you feed yourself is a Sadaqah (charity) for you,

what you feed your children is Sadaqah for you,

what you feed your wife is Sadaqah for you,

what you feed your servant is Sadaqah for you.

An-Nasa’i recorded this Hadith which has an authentic chain of narration, all the thanks are due to Allah. `

Abdullah bin `Amr said to a caretaker of his,

“Did you give the slaves their food yet?”

He said, “No.”

Ibn `Amr said, “Go and give it to them, for the Messenger of Allah said,

كَفَى بِالْمَرْءِ إِثْمًا أَنْ يَحْبِسَ عَمَّنْ يَمْلِكُ قُوتَهُم

It is enough sin for someone to prevent whomever he is responsible for from getting their food. ”

Muslim recorded this Hadith.

Difficult words from samia2010oct: Muslim: Full name Imam Abu’l-Husain ‘Asakir-ud-Din Muslim b. Hajjaj al-Qushayri al-Naisaburi (202 H – 261H/ 817 CE- 874 CE) http://www.sunnah.org/history/Scholars/Imam_muslim.htm

Explanation by Ibne Kathir continued:

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said,

لِلْمَمْلُوكِ طَعَامُهُ وَكِسْوَتُهُ، وَلَا يُكَلَّفُ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ إِلَّا مَا يُطِيق

The slave has the right to have food, clothing and to only be required to perform what he can bear of work.

Muslim also recorded this Hadith.

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said,

إِذَا أَتَى أَحَدَكُمْ خَادِمُهُ بِطَعَامِه، فَإِنْ لَمْ يُجْلِسْهُ مَعَهُ فَلْيُنَاوِلْهُ لُقْمَةً أَوْ لُقْمَتَيْنِ أَوْ أُكْلَةً أَوْ أُكْلتَيْنِ فَإِنَّهُ وَلِيَ حَرَّهُ وَعِلَاجَه

When your servant brings meals to one of you, if he does not let him sit and share the meal, then he should at least give him a mouthful or two mouthfuls of that meal or a meal or two, for he has prepared it.

This is the wording collected by Al-Bukhari.

Allah does Not Like the Arrogant

Allah said,

… إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالاً فَخُورًا ﴿٣٦﴾

Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful.

meaning, one who is proud and arrogant, insolent and boasts to others. He thinks that he is better than other people, thus thinking high of himself, even though he is insignificant to Allah and hated by people.

Mujahid said that;

Allah’s statement, إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالاً (Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud) means arrogant, while, فَخُورًا (boastful) means boasting about what he has, while he does not thank Allah.

This Ayah indicates that such a person boasts with people about the bounty that Allah has given him, but he is actually ungrateful to Allah for this bounty.

Ibn Jarir recorded that Abdullah bin Waqid Abu Raja Al-Harawi said,

“You will find that those who are mean are also proud and boasting. He then recited, وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ (and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess).

You will find that he who is undutiful (to parents) is also arrogant, and deprived. He then recited, وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَتِي وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي جَبَّارًا شَقِيًّا (And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, deprived). (19:32)

Once a man asked the Prophet,

“O Messenger of Allah, advise me.’

The Prophet said,

إيَّاكَ وَإِسْبَالَ الْإِزَارِ، فَإِنَّ إِسْبَالَ الْإِزَارِ مِنَ الْمَخِيلَةِ، وَإِنَّ اللهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمَخِيلَة

Avoid lengthening the dress (below the ankles), for this practice is from arrogance. Verily, Allah does not like arrogance.”

Difficult words from samia2010oct: Ibn Jarir: Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari born 224 H, 838 CE in Amol, Tapuria, now Iran– died 310 H. 923 CE Baghdad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_ibn_Jarir_al-Tabari#Biography

{Disclaimer;  Explanation by Ibne Kathir is researched and written by http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsir%20Ibn%20Kathir/004%20Nisa.htm#ْبُ  – I just copy-pasted from that site. I only added the date of births, date of deaths of the scholars and the places at which they took place. I also added some more text color than in the original article.}

Notes by samia2010oct: Shirk, to join anything or anyone with Allah is the Biggest Sin, the most disliked sin, and if one dies with Shirk, he/ she is sure to go to Hell. His all good deeds will be cancelled and lost, and he will never ever be forgiven. Allah talks about being proud and boastful in the same Verse as Shirk. It means one’s being proud and boastful is as disliked by Allah as Shirk. When one is self praising, being arrogant, feeling self important, swollen with pride, being proud and boastful one forgets Allah Who is the Most Praised, Who possesses the Ultimate Goodness, the Eternal Important. Anyone who remembers the Greatness of Allah and that He is the Most Praised, can never be proud and boastful in front of any human being who so ever he/ she may be.

Allah orders one to be well behaved and good to his/ her parents, to be well behaved and good to his/ her family and relatives (whether of same blood or not does not matter), to be well behaved and good to orphans, to poor, to neighbor who is a relative as well (in this case the reward from Allah will be double, first the reward will be for being the neighbor and second for being the relative as well), to be well behaved and good to one’s neighbors even if they are strangers, to be well behaved and good to one’s colleagues, to be well behaved and good to a traveler if you meet one (the traveller may be of any religion. Being good to and helping a stranger has great rewards because it is only for Allah. May be one will never meet the traveller again so he/ she will not be able to repay one’s generosity other than to pray for one’s betterment.). Islam brought an end to slavery. But during those days, in the times before Islam, people used to have slaves. These days although there is no concept of slavery but people keep other people as helpers. So Allah orders one to be well behaved and good to one’s helpers as well, may they be domestic helpers or helpers working for one in work places. Allah does not like people who are proud and boastful.

To be proud, haughty, boastful and arrogant is included in Big Sins. For Big Sins there is the punishment of unbearable burning of whole body by Unending Fire.

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