Tip for acquiring humility


Replying to a seeker’s inquiries about treatment of arrogance Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah mercy on him) said,

‘In the end I mention a protracted regimen for treatment (of arrogance). The other ones mentioned (earlier) are time limited (to the moment when the thought of arrogance comes to mind). Due to this reason their effect is not ingrained (in one’s morals). Except in rare cases.

The novice needs this treatment regimen for a protracted period of time. Until humility is well ingrained (in his morals).

It is to deliberately adopt the culture, style and conduct of the less privileged individuals (of the society).

However, be careful not to adopt the lowest level of these things in order to avoid becoming famous for (extreme) humility.’

Tarbiyet us Salik, volume 3, page 110.

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