Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness:
Allah, Most High, says,
"Verily He loveth not the arrogant". (An-Nahl: 23)
"Allah loves not any arrogant boaster".(Luqman: 18)
The Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said,
"Once a man was walking along in a new set of clothes, with a swagger to his step, pleased with himself, Allah caused the earth to swallow him and he will keep sinking until the Last Day.”1
"Tyrants and the arrogant will be raised on the last Day as grain strewn under feet that the people will walk upon.”2
Arrogance, as early Muslims said, was the first sin against Allah. Allah, the Almighty, says,
"And behold, we said to the angels: bow down to Adam: and they bowed down: not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: he was of those who reject Faith". (Al-Baqarah: 34)
Therefore, Faith is of no avail if arrogance exists, as seen in the example of Iblis.
The Messenger ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said, "Arrogance is- belittling to admit the truth and considering people inferior.”3
"Arrogance is refusing to acknowledge what is right and considering others to be inferior.” 4
"No one with the slightest particle of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” 5
Allah, the Almighty, says in a Qudsi hadith,
"Pride is My garment and haughtiness My Mantle: whoever vies with Me for them I will throw them into Hell.”6
Haritha ibn Wahb reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Shall I not tell you about the companions of Paradise? They are every humble person considered weak, but if they gave an oath by Allah it would be fulfilled. Shall I not tell you about the companions of Hellfire? They are every cruel, haughty, and arrogant person.”7
1 Reported by AI-Bukhari.
2 Reported by At- Tirmidhi and Ahmad
3 Reported by Muslim.
4 Reported by AI-Hakim
5 Reported by AI-Bukhari.
6 Reported by Muslim.
7 Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim
(Adapted from 'Al-Kabair' of Imam Dhahabi)