'O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group; it may be that
the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other
women; it may be that the latter are better than the former.' [Soorah al-Hujurat
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'It is enough evil
for a Muslim to look down upon his (Muslim) brother.' [Saheeh Muslim]
Ibn Mas'ood (radhi allahu anhu) narrated, 'the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi
wa-sallam) said, 'the haughty, even with pride equal to a mustard seed in his
heart, will not enter Jannah.'' A man enquired, 'What about that a person likes
fine dress and fine shoes?' He replied, 'Allah is Beautiful and likes beauty.
Pride amounts to disclaiming truth out of self-esteem, and despising people.''
Jundub Ibn Abdullah (radhi allahu anhu) reported, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu
aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Once someone said, 'By Allah! Allah will not forgive
such and such (a person).' Thereupon, Allah, the Exalted and the Glorious, said,
'Who is he, who takes an oath in My Name that I will not grant pardon to
so-and-so? I have granted pardon to so-and-so and rendered your good deeds
fruitless.'' [Saheeh Muslim] In the above Hadeeth, 'the such and such person'
was a sinner, so this devout worshipper vowed, exalted himself and thought that
he, with his worship of Allah, had achieved a level in which he was able to
judge the actions of Allah and that nothing that he requested would be rejected.
This contradicts the reality of servitude (to Allah). Thus, Allah punished him
and said, 'Who is this that swears upon Me?' and he forgave the sinner while he
nullified the deeds of that devout worshiper. [See, Ghayatul-Murid fi-Sharh
Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Salih Ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aali
Declaring an oath on Allah is in two aspects,
a) The aspect of avowing, arrogance and haughtiness to such an extent that the
person makes a right for himself upon Allah and feels that Allah judges
according to the judgment that he himself has chosen. This is contrary to the
completion of Tawheed and it contradicts its foundation.
b) The second situation is that the person declares an oath upon Allah in a
manner of humility and humbleness towards Allah, and due to necessity and need
for Him, glory be unto Him. This is what a Hadeeth has been related concerning,
'And from the slaves of Allah are those who, if they vow an oath upon Allah, He
will certainly fulfill it.' This is from the aspect of his thinking good about
Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. [See, Ghayatul-Murid fi-Sharh Kitab at-Tawheed
by Shaikh Salih Ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aali Shaikh]