Hadith on Pride: Barrier to Paradise in Islam

📖Sahih Muslim 91 a
It Is narrated on the authority of Abdullah b. Mas’ud that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), observed: He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise. A person (amongst his hearers) said: Verily a person loves that his dress should be fine, and his shoes should be fine. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: Verily, Allah is Graceful and He loves Grace. Pride is disdaining the truth (out of self-conceit) and contempt for the people.

  • The meaning of this Hadith from Sahih Muslim 91 a is that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated that anyone who has even a tiny amount of pride in their heart will not be able to enter Paradise. One of the companions of the Prophet expressed concern about enjoying fine clothing and footwear, to which the Prophet responded that Allah appreciates grace and beauty. However, the type of pride that is condemned is the one that involves arrogance, self-conceit, and looking down upon others. The Hadith emphasizes the importance of avoiding pride and arrogance in one’s heart, as it is considered a barrier to entering Paradise in Islam. It highlights the importance of humility, modesty, and recognizing the truth, and warns against disdain for others based on a sense of self-superiority.