Vanity

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says:

وَالَّذِيۡنَ هُمۡ مِّنۡ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِمۡ مُّشۡفِقُوۡنَ‌ۚ‏  ﴿۲۷

“And those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord”  ( Qur’an 70:27 ) 

It  is narrated that Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه said : ” Destruction consists in two things , despair and vanity.” And Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه reported that a man praised another man greatly in front of the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم . The Prophet said to him : << ” Woe to you! You have cut off your companion’s neck…” and repeated it many times and then added, ” One of you who cannot help expressing praise for his brother should say, ‘ I think that he is so-and-so  – in case he ( really) found him such – and Allah knows the truth , and I do not confirm anybody’s good conduct before Allah.”>>

Harith ibn Mu’awiyah related that he told ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab ( may Allah be pleased with them): <<” People used to entice me to tell them stories,” to which he replied, ” I am afraid that when you tell them stories you may consider yourself great amongst them: and when you do that often, they may consider that you are in the star constellation above them! Thus Allah, will put you down under their feet on the Day of Resurrection as much as that” >>

Anas  رضي الله عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: <<” If you had not sinned I would have feared for you what is more serious than vanity. ” >>

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