Ramadhan Day 25: I Am Better Than Him

The moment we walk out of the mosque, and we see a group of teenagers smoking while having a chit-chat at the restaurant, and we think we’re better than them because we have just prayed;

If we’re wearing hijab, and we think we’re better than the free hair girls;

If we have memorized the whole Quran, and we feel we’re better than the Imam at the masjid who just recited Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad while leading the prayer;

If we’re a really confident person and we feel that we’re much better than our introvert friend;

If we’re working at a big corporation, and we feel that we’re much better than our cousin who works at the supermarket;

And the list goes on…

Then we should all reflect on these verses:

Surah Al-A’raf [7: 12] : (Allah) said,What prevented you (O Iblis) from bowing down as I commanded you?” and he said, “I am better than him: You created me from fire and him from clay.”

Surah Sad [38: 75- 76] : (Allah) said, “O Iblis, what prevented you from prostrating to that which I created with My hands? Were you arrogant [then], or were you [already] among the haughty?” (Iblis) said: “I am better than him, You created me from fire, and You created him from clay.”

What did he say?

“I am better than him”.

Sometimes we don’t need to say that word aloud, “Huh I’m better than him.”

It could be our attitude, our facial expression at that moment that shows that we think we are better than the other person.

We have to understand for the fact that, everything that we have belong to Allah.

It could be that we are extra terrestrially confident. People called us up to give a speech, and we don’t need any preparation. Words just come out from our mouth and people get impressed by it.

But what happened if Allah decides that in that moment, we suddenly stutter?

Our confidence belong to Allah. Our tongue belong to Allah. And He could take it anytime He wants. We should be grateful with it. Not looking down at a confident-struggling-person.

It could be that we are good at Math. All test seem to be easy. 98% 100%, easy, piece of cake.

But remember, we are good at it, not because we are smart. It is because Allah makes it easy for us. Imagine all of a sudden Allah decides we blanked during an exam. It is in fact, the ability to handle Math easily solely belongs to Allah.

Or it could be that after graduating from university, you got a job and got married. Easy. You don’t have to struggle at all to get a job, or find a spouse to get married to. These are all from Allah, Allah is the One that makes it easy for you.

But there’s other person who went to interviews, after interviews, and still couldn’t get a job. Or another person who has not yet married, still waiting and looking for a life-partner. We should not look down at these people.

On one hand, [1] we should be grateful with whatever ability Allah has given us. On the other hand, [2] we should never look down upon other people who are struggling with something we are good at, or something that we got easily.

Abu Hurairah said, The Messenger of Allah said,
“It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his (Muslim) brother.” [Muslim]