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IslamQA: How to be humble and sincere when doing good deeds

Assalamualaikum, I would like to ask you how do we be humble and sincere in our deeds in life. I am asking this because I am struggling to apply these two virtues in my life. It also caused me to be depressed when I am doing something to achieve pride,arrogance and peer recognition.

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

The two best cures I know for avoiding arrogance and pride are these: the first one is to read or listen to the Quran daily (I recommend an hour a day). The Quran is a great cure for all of the problems of one’s character. But it is necessary to do it daily because otherwise the good influence would fade. It is simply impossible to achieve a high character and stay in that state without working for it every day.

The second cure is to read the spiritual sayings of the great Islamic scholars. I have gathered those sayings in my book The Way of the Spiritual Muslim and I have found them extremely beneficial and humbling. If you submit your email address, I can send you a free ebook copy of it.

And God knows best.
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