Book Name:Riya kari
my empty begging bowl with the wealth of sincerity. I have to face the enemy (i.e. Satan) who sees me. I cannot see him, but You عَزَّوَجَلَّ are seeing him. O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Protect me from the deception of that enemy. O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! I seek Your refuge from being considered as a pious person by people, whereas I am actually deserving of punishment in Your court’.
حُبّ دنیا سے تو بچا یا ربّ عاشقِ مصطفٰے بنا یا ربّ
حِرصِ دنیا نکال دے دل سے بس رہوں طالبِ رِضا یا ربّ
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد
2. Keep in mind the disadvantages of showing off
Dear Islamic brothers! The second cure of showing off is that one should keep in mind the evils of showing off, because the heart of a person likes something for as long as it is beneficial and pleasing to him, but as he becomes aware of its harms then he avoids it. For example, if an Islamic brother who likes honey because of its taste and sweetness, is informed that the honey which he is going to drink has poison mixed in it, he will never drink this because he will fear the effects of the poison, regardless of the sweetness of the honey. Similarly, the Nafs becomes pleased when good deeds are revealed and praised by the people, but if we keep in mind the disadvantages of showing off instead of this pleasure, then it will become very easy to stay safe from this. Furthermore, we will also be able to have this mind-set that such praises of the people is not good for us because it can destroy our hard work and struggles. (Nayki ki Da’wat, pp. 84)
3. Eradicate the causes of showing off
Dear Islamic brothers! The third cure of this disease is to remove it. There are causes to every disease. If the cause is removed, the disease will also be cured. Similarly, there are basically three causes of showing off. If these three causes are removed, then it will be very easy to avoid showing off, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ.