As-Salaam Alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuhu, When you saw the title: "A barrier to paradise", what was it that came to your mind? There are many barriers to paradise; shirk (associating partners with Allaah) is one and kufr (disbelieving in Allaah) is another. Another barrier to paradise is pride! Pride is the first of all vices and the worst of all vices. It was pride that led Iblis (Shaytaan) to disobey his Lord (Allaah) and then made him refuse to seek forgiveness for his sin. And the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said: " Whoever has a mustard seed of pride in his heart will not enter paradise. " (Muslim) When you look at the dictionary, you will find about four meanings.
The first is to have a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction in something, like when one says I take pride in being a Muslim. The second means a thing or person that gives people that feeling of pleasure: The Quraan is the pride of Muslims. Pride can also mean the feeling of respect that one has for oneself like the statement; pride would not allow him to beg for money. Finally, pride means the feeling that one is better or more important than other people.
It is with this last meaning that pride become a barrier to paradise. The dangers associated with those who have this characteristic are so great that every Muslim should be aware of all that constitute pride, its signs, its effects and examples of proud people who had passed away before you and their fate. We shall also look at how to cure ourselves of this disease.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited