Ibn Qayyim said:

If Allaah ta’aala intends good for the needy slave He trials him with something in order to bring him down and to lower his neck in humiliation and to decrease his importance to himself. However if Allaah intended for him (the slave) anything other than good He (Allaah) would have left him alone and his vanity and pride and this is the deception which necessitates his destruction.

al-Waabil as-Sayyib min Kalim at-Tayyib

Translated by Umm Yahya

Anas (radiallaahu ta’aala ‘anhu) reported that Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “…Three elements of destruction: following vain desires, giving into (ones own) greed and conceit.” (Narrated by Bazoor at Tabarani and others and was declared hasan by al-Albanaee).

Conceit is an evil disease of the heart, which, if it enters the heart it will corrupt it. It is also the messenger of pride, because if a person is conceited then he does not look to anyone else’s opinion even if it was the correct opinion, and this is what the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) meant when he described pride as ‘Rejecting the truth (out of pride) and looking down at the people.‘ (Narrated by Muslim, from the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood).

Also the fact that these people are very eloquent speakers, who beautify their speeches and their sermons and appeal to the people’s (vain) desires. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) warned against such people saying: “(The thing) I fear most for my Ummah is a hypocrite who speaks eloquently” (Narrated by Ibn Hibban, at-Tabaraani, Bazzar and others from the hadeeth of Imraan and was authenticated by al-Albaanee), and he said in another hadeeth: “Verily Allah despises the person who (goes to extremes to) speak eloquently, he who wags his tongue (when speaking) as a cow wags its tongue (when eating)” (Narrated by Abu Daawuud, at-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaanee).

Therefore, uproot this evil disease from your heart by:

  • Achieving taqwa (fear of Allaah).
  • Knowing your limit
  • Constantly examining your conscience
  • Humbling yourself and knowing the consequent status of the scholars.
  • Transcribed from: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge | Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd
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