Book Name:Shaitan kay baaz hathyar
Definition of self-satisfaction
Dear Madanī son! At times a person is able to perform a good deed but is unable to defend himself from satanic attack, considering the deed his personal achievement. He does not realize that he has performed the (deed) simply because Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has enabled him to do so. It is necessary for everyone to learn the definition of self-satisfaction, an attack of Satan, and try to refrain from its detriment.
The definition of self-satisfaction is as follows: To associate one’s possession or ability (such as knowledge or deed or wealth) with one’s personal achievement, feeling no fear of it being lost. That is, the self-satisfied person forgets to associate the favour with the real Bestower (i.e. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ).
(In other words, he considers the favour such as health, beauty, wealth, intelligence, good voice, high status etc., to be his personal achievement and forgets that all these things are actually given by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.) (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 454)
Important explanation of self-satisfaction
Sayyidunā Imām Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad Bin Muhammad Bin Muhammad Ghazālī عَـلَـیۡـهِ رَحْـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـوَالِی has stated, ‘There are two categories of people who consider their knowledge, good