Ramadan Day 4: The Humble Man Is Below What He Does

Peace, one and all…

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Today’s reading from Ibn Ata’illah’s Hikam (or aphorisms) explores the nature of humility.

The humble man is not the one
who, when humble, sees that he is above what he does;
instead, the humble man is the one
who, when humble, sees that he is below what he does.

Ibn Ata’illah, Hikam 239

Humility demands that we consciously stand below our efforts, that we see ourselves as beneath them.  That is, acts of humility that leave us feeling proud of ‘our’ achievements, that leave us looking down from above, are not really acts of humility, rather they are the half-concealed acts of pride and boastfulness.  Arrogance is a poison, and very often a sublte one.  We are not always aware of our own blind spots.  The only way to sincerity is to constantly see ourselves as below what we do.

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