Home Quranet Chapter 6 What does God think about braggarts?
What does God think about braggarts?
Chapter 6

وَاعْبُدُواْ اللّهَ وَلاَ تُشْرِكُواْ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْيَتَامَى وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْجَارِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْجَارِ الْجُنُبِ وَالصَّاحِبِ بِالجَنبِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالاً فَخُورًا (سورۃ النساء, آيۃ 36)

Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the way-farer (ye meet) and what your right hands possess: for Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious. (Surah 4, Verse 36)

Jamila, who is in the ninth grade, is a beautiful girl. Her teachers and classmates say that she has a special kind of beauty. Her father is a teacher at the school. One of her classmates is Sukheina, a fat, unkempt girl who is both clever and well-mannered. One day the sports teachers asked the girls to split up into two groups to compete in a ball game. When Sukheina tried to join Jamila's group, Jamila said: "Go to the other group. With you we can only lose the game. You're fat and you're not in shape". Sukheina replied without hesitation: "Who do you think you are?" Jamila replied: "I'm better looking than you and my father is a teacher here. Be careful!"

Sukheina left the lesson in tears and went to her class teacher. The teacher talked to Sukheina about her beautiful qualities and her winning personality and told her not to be upset by Jamila or to be afraid of her. Then she invited Jamila to join in the conversation. She opened the Quran and read out: "for Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious". "What do you understand from this verse?" she asked Jamila, who replied submissively that Allah wants us to respect others and be humble.

Explanation: Many adults enjoy boasting and so do some children. When someone boasts and tells everyone how wonderful he is, he is actually telling them that they are not as good as he, and hence he may hurt their feelings. It is said that those who are really outstanding do not need to boast because this fact is generally known. Bragging often attests to lack of self-confidence, since otherwise, why boast? The Quran is saying to Jamila: "You received your beauty as a gift from Allah but Allah can also give others gifts and take away your gift", and it is recommending that she be humbler and avoid offending her classmates. The Quran hs no equal in teaching modesty and consideration for others and often quotation of a single verse can suffice to help a child to exercise self-control and act more humbly.