Hadhrat Mohammad Maseehullah Khan (Allah have mercy on him), while defining the first step on the spiritual path, stated:
“Consider yourself to be the most inferior, so much so, that if you observe with your own eyes another indulging in the worst of vices then too you shall not despise him/her, nor shall you consider yourself nobler than him/her. On the contrary one should fear and bear in mind that it is very possible that the perpetrator of the vice may resort to sincere tawbah (repentance) and become a person of high piety while the one who had despised the sinner become ensnared (Allah forbid !) in the meshes of the nafs (self) and Shaytan and be diverted from Ibadat (worship) and obedience. One has no certainty regarding one’s end. One, therefore, has no basis for regarding another with contempt.”
We were told this by our Shaykh and guide, Mufti Muhammad Nurul Amin (Allah protect him). It is the first lesson we learn when taking the path of Tasawwuf otherwise the path to purification remains closed.
Similarly, Shaykh Moinuddin Al Chishti stated:
“For a follower of the path of Truth, it is worse than sin to disdain or look down upon anyone.”
All of this alludes to the fact that the true seeker is one who possesses the attributes of humility (tawadu’) and humbleness. For one who does not will look upon others as if they are inferior. Such an attitude gives rise to pride and arrogance and was it not the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) who stated that:
لا يدخل الجنة من كان في قلبه مثقال ذرة من كبر
“He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise”
as narrated in the Sahih of Imam Bukhari (Kitab Al Iman, Bab Tahrim Al Kibr) from Ibn Mas’ud.
Shaykh Munawwar ‘Atiq provided an extremely beneficial answer on “Pride and Arrogance: What’s allowed and what’s not”.
May Allah give us the Tawfiq to worship him sincerely… Peace and Blessings on the Prophet and His family and his Companions.