“A sign that Allah (SWT) despises you is when you find yourself wasting your time with trivial matters; in this way you miss your chance of going to heaven. And a sign that Allah (SWT) likes you is when you you find yourself fulfilling more duties than you have time for.” Ibn Al Qayyim
Allah (swt) describes those who want to block people on the path of Allah (swt): “…Who averted [people] from the way of Allah and sought to make it [seem] deviant while they were, concerning the Hereafter, disbelievers.” (Qur’an 7:45)
Islam is also easy as Allah (swt) has said, “Allah intends for you ease, and does not want to make things difficult for you,” (Qur’an 2:185); and as the Prophet ﷺ said, “The deen (Islam/religion) is easy…” [Bukhari]. Allah (swt) does not burden a soul beyond its capacity. There will be challenges, temptations and difficulties in living as a Muslim but they are things that we ultimately have the capacity to bear. Everything inshari`ah (Islamic law) benefits us or wards off harm for us in this world and/or the next.
Islam, which is submission to the commands of Allah (swt), is also a familiar and well-trodden path, the path of all the Prophets and their followers. As Allah (swt) says,
“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions”. (Al Qur’an, 4:69)
Allah Ta’ala says:
"(Remember the time) when your great number pleased you (in-stilling vanity in you)."
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:
"And the destroyers are: desires which are followed; stinginess which is obeyed; and a man being pleased with himself and this (last trait) is the worse of them (of the things which spiritually wrought destruction to one)."
Ujub is to attribute one’s excellence to oneself while being oblivious of the possibility of such excellence being snatched away by Allah Ta’ala. Ujub is a concealed and subtle trick of the nafs which always desires to occupy a distinguished rank (above others). The nafs obtains pleasure in this desire (of ujub). Allah Ta’ala detests one who considers himself to be distinguished, laudable and the receptacle of excellence.
Delight over the bounties granted by Allah Ta’ala is not ujub. Such true delight is not unrestricted and does not produce vanity since the fear of the elimination of the bounties is ever present in the heart. One realizes that the excellence or bounty which one has gained is purely a gift from Allah Ta’ala Who has awarded it because of some act or knowledge (which is also The favour of Allah), and one further realizes that Allah Ta’ala has the full power of snatching away the bounty at any time He desires. This experience of delight is therefore not ujub. On the other hand, a person suffering from the ailment of ujub becomes neglectful and fails to recognize that the bounty in his possession is in fact a gift from Allah Ta’ala. One afflicted with ujub considers himself to be entitled to the bounties.
Ujub resembles takabbur (pride) in all aspects, save one, viz., ujub does not necessarily imply others to be one’s inferiors. A person involved in the disease of ujub considers himself to be of a lofty rank without necessarily regarding another to be his inferior. According to the Hadith Shareef the man of ujub strutting about in arrogance will meet Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Qiyaamah in the state of severe wrath.
Always regard excellence and virtues which one possesses to be the bestowal of Allah Ta’ala. Contemplate on the power of Allah and fear the possibility of the gifts being snatches away. Ponder about your faults, both internal and external so that the notion of perfection and holiness is annihilated.
“We know Paradise but we do not seek it; we know Hell but we do not flee from it;
we know the shaytaan but we do not fight him rather we agree with him;
we know death but we do not prepare for it; we have buried the dead but we do not take lesson from that; and
we ignore our own faults but are preoccupied with the faults of others.”