The Prohibition Of Showing Off

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Showing off is not a good habit. Islam prohibits people to show off everything they have. In contrary, Islam motivates people to be humble.

Showing off is prohibited in ibaadah (religion matter). A hadith from Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah blesses him), that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,

مَنْ سَمَّعَ سَمَّعَ اللَّهُ بِهِ وَمَنْ رَاءَى رَاءَى اللَّهُ بِهِ

“He who wants to publicize (his deeds), Allah will publicize (his humility), and he who makes a hypocritical display (of his deeds), Allah will make a display of him” [Sahih Muslim].

It is also prohibited in any other matters. Showing off your wealth, your intelligence, your great looks, your job, etc. will trigger other people to envy you. That is why the Messenger (ﷺ) said,

وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ أَوْحَى إِلَيَّ أَنْ تَوَاضَعُوا حَتَّى لَا يَفْخَرَ أَحَدٌ عَلَى أَحَدٍ وَلَا يَبْغِ أَحَدٌ عَلَى أَحَدٍ

“Allah, the Most High has revealed to me that you (people) should be humble, so that no one transgresses another, or boasts to the other” [Muslim].

So, stay humble and make your best righteous deed today!


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