Book Name:Shaitan kay baaz hathyar
favours and bestowments of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ but it is self-satisfaction that leads an unwise person to praising himself and boasting about his piety. When he brags about his own opinions, deeds and wisdom, he remains deprived of gaining benefits, consulting others and asking them for help. Thus he becomes a self-opinionated and a self-confident person. (That is, he considers himself to be a wise person and avoids consulting others.)’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 822)
Imām Ghazālī عَـلَـیۡـهِ رَحْـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـوَالِی has further stated, ‘The worshippers, the scholars, the beautiful ones and the wealthy have all no right to brag about their worships, knowledge, beauty and wealth respectively because all these things are the bounties of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.’ [Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 836)
In other words, intelligence, medical expertise, a pleasant voice, oratorical skills etc. have all been given by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Nothing should be credited to one’s own personal achievement. Whatever a person has and how much he has is actually a bestowment from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.
Cure for self-satisfaction
Ḥujjat-ul-Islam, Sayyidunā Imām Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad Bin Muhammad Bin Muhammad Ghazālī عَـلَـیۡـهِ رَحْـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـوَالِی has stated, ‘(Despite being extremely pious, ascetic, truthful and sincere)