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Self Righting the Self-righteous

Submitted by amedeo on Thu, 03/05/2012 - 13:16
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Self-righteousness is the trust in your own righteousness and to believe that ones' self is better than others because of a system that a person was either born in or has established for him/her self.

We think of ourselves better than others because of whom we are, despite the fact that we are nothing but the sum of our experiences and the collective of our very limited knowledge.

For all of us, the building blocks of our consieous existence and what defines us is always the same, Religion, Color, Race, Education, Social Standing and status and even Nationality but what is it in all that, that makes some of us think we are better than others?

The falsity of our pride and the hypocrisy of our virtues is Leading us to believe that belonging to a certain Religion, Color, Race, Educational rank, Social Class or Nationality what makes of us a superior form of human. When it is in fact the complete opposite of that.

No human being is ever more valuable because he has more money or because of his skin tone or language nor is anyone worth more because he has knowledge, because even in the minds of the most genius of human existence, knowledge is not absolute.

Could it then be religion that makes one person more superior than another? 
No, no religion worthy of mention has ever advocated the superiority of one person over another by belonging or religiousity but rather make obsolete and abolish such examples of false pride and egocentricity. In Islam, You are not a better person because you call yourself a muslim but by practising humility and Preventing sin and self rightning your self-righteousness and through means of Taqwa (Prevention through fear of one's Self-righteousness ) and "Jihad" (the struggle against one's evil, temptation and sin including self-righteousness) 

“It is not taqwa that you turn your faces toward East or West, but it is taqwa to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book and the Messengers, to spend of your substance out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts you have made; to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity. Those are the truthful and those are the muttaqun.” [Qur’an 2:177]

“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has Taqwa. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” [Qur’an 49:13]

Our Self-righteousness has made us believe we are better because of a passport we hold, a language we speak, a sport we partake in or excel at, or even because of our countries' contribution to humanity in any form all  of which none really matters but to over inflate our ego and scorn us with sin.

So let's re-evaluate ourselves, Our moral and ethical standings, and even our faith or lack of thereof and Self right our wrongdoings.