Self-Pride Versus Willing Submission to God


Three Messages from God to You

The first ever sin in the world was Satan’s pride. Pride is the source of all other sins and wrongdoings, such as anger, hate, jealousy and ingratitude. Human beings are most prone to err because of pride. Haughtiness and egotism suppress the truth and make man unthankful to his Creator.

The human being likes to glorify himself and likes to be the sole decision maker in his life. Some individuals like to make gods of themselves. Some communities create their own gods and are too proud and stubborn to worship the True God.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility. Proverbs 18:12

"God does not like an overconfident look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that spreads dispute among brethren". Proverbs, 6:16-19

And do not turn your cheek in contempt toward people and do not walk through the earth proudly. Indeed, God does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful.
Quran, 31:18

Prophet Muhammad said: "He will not enter the Paradise, the one who has an atom's weight of pride in his heart". Narrated by Muslim

The prophets and messengers of God along with the righteous people who believed them, presented an excellent example of willing submission to God.
For example, the followers of Jesus put their self-pride aside and accepted the Message he brought.

And when Jesus perceived the persistence in disbelief from the children of Israel, he said: “Who are my supporters for the cause of God?" The disciples said, “We are supporters for God. We have believed in Allah and testify that we have submitted to Him."
Quran, 3:52

Prophet Abraham submitting to God

When Abraham was raising the foundations of the House [of God] and with him Ishmael [his son], saying: “Our Lord, accept this from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing..."
Quran, 2:127

Our Lord! Make us muslims in willing submission to You, and from our descendants a submissive nation to You.

And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the All-forgiving and All-merciful.

Our Lord! And send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them.

Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise."

Who turns away from the religion of Abraham except the one who befools himself?

Verily We chose him in this world, and indeed he will be among the righteous in the Hereafter.

When his Lord said to him: “Submit to Me", Abraham said: “I have willingly submitted to the Lord of the worlds."

And Abraham enjoined his children and so did Jacob, saying: “O my sons, indeed God has chosen for you this religion, so do not die before you are in willing submission to God".
Quran, 2:128-132

What would GOD say to YOU if you reject his MESSAGE ?

This is an appealing question. If you reject the "Divine Message" during your life, God says to you:
There is no compulsion in [accepting] the religion. Truth stands out clear from error The right course has become clear from the wrong.

So whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. God is All Hearing and All Knowing.
Quran, 2:256

We certainly diversified in this Quran from every [kind of] example for all people; but the human being is the most contentious creature.
Quran, 18:54

Your whole life is actually the time you have to take your decision. But no one knows when he or she will die. In fact, God does not speak to those who rejected His Message except on the Day of Judgment. On that day, God says to them:
O you who have disbelieved! Make no excuses today. You will be only recompensed for what you used to do.
Quran, 66:7

What would GOD say to YOU if you accept MESSAGE ?

God says in His Message:
O Believers [who accepted the Divine Message]! Be supporters of God , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples: “Who are my supporters on the path to God?"

The disciples said: “We are the supporters of God [i.e. God's religion]" Thus a group of the Children of Israel believed and the other group disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant. Quran, 61:14

In fact, in the Quran, there are many calls to the believers and the people of the Book (Jews and Christians). The divine calls to the believers define God's Commandments, what is lawful and what is not. It sets a road map for them that guarantees a decent life for them and salvation in the hereafter.

It showed them the straight path to be winners. That is a promise from God. Who is more able to fulfill a promise than God?

O you who have believed!
Believe in God and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before.
And whoever disbelieves in God as well as His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, has certainly gone far astray.
Quran, 4:136

O you who have believed!
Upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those disbelieved and gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided.
To God is you return all together; then He will inform you of what you used to do.
Quran, 5:105

O you who have believed!,
Bow, prostrate and worship your Lord. Do good that you may be successful.
Quran, 22:77

Indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.
Quran, 20:82