This month theme as I’ve repeated myself often the last few days, without actually having written anything about it as of yet, is Being more humble. So in this first post on this topic in a similar format to the first post on thankfulness (in German) last month I’ll begin with a definition of humility.
Humbleness or Humility is the absence of any feeling of being better than others, having or showing modest or low estimate of one’s importance. In the English language we directly derive it from old French which derives it from Latin. Humilis meaning low or lowly which is taken from the word for ground, humus. In Arabic again there are many words to denote humility one is tawadaa having a similar meaning to the latin to lower one’s self or to submit. Another is Hawna another still is Khasha’a, both of these can however also be taken negative, as in humiliation. When used to describe Muslims however they’ve always been given good qualities. So in the Quran using the word Hawna it says,
“The servants of the Lord of Mercy are those who walk humbly on the earth…” (25:63)
I read once in an article on the virtual mosque that Humility can be divided into 3. Humility before God, humility in relation to the Religion and humility in relation to people. Over the next few weeks I will God willing write a little bit about each of these.
I’ll end this post today with something I gained from a lecture yesterday and then with a hadith. The Sheikh mentioned that Humility is the virtue that all other virtues are rooted in. From having humility you will automatically bearing in mind the definitions above be respectful in your dealings with everyone you meet. You will not think yourself as being better than anyone, therefore not being arrogant. You’ll be thankful for the blessings that you have been granted, because you are not arrogant to think, that you deserve such and such without giving any effort.
Forgiveness, Courage, Justice they all are interrelated leading to one another opening doors for you, you never thought of.
Finally a hadith,
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Let him be humbled, let him be humbled. It was said: Allah’s Messenger, who is he? He said. He who finds his parents in old age, either one or both of them, and does not enter Paradise.