| Setting aside the conventional methods, this book explores the humane dimension of Islamic ideology. It defies the notion that religion is a private affair between God and his creations, but gives a warm extension to all human relationships. Modeling on great personalities such as Khalifas, the author tries a different reading of Islam and its history which, of course, will attract the reader’s attention.
Humility plays a very wonderful and important role in shaping the social relations. It is very difficult to establish relations with the people who are full of pride (vanity). But humble people even attract those who have opposite views. Therefore Islam has assigned very important role to humility. It instructs that one should have humility not only in one's approach to nature, and behaviour, but also in speaking, walking etc.
Allah has declared: And swell not your cheek (for pride) at men nor walk in insolence through the earth. For Allah loves not any arrogant boaster. And be moderate in your walking and lower your voice; for the harshest of all sounds is the braying of the ass.” (Luqman 18-19)
“And the (faithful) servants of (Allah) Most gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility and when the ignorant address them, they say, Peace.” (Al Furqan 63)
The prophet said: Allah has revealed to me that you must show humility to one another. So that one should not be aggressive to the other, or one should not have pride over others.(Muslim)
Allah will raise one who shows humility to his brother, and He will bring down one who shows pride to him. (Tabrani)
Giving alms will not reduce your wealth. Compromise will only increase the servants' dignity. One, who shows humility for the sake of Allah, will be raised by Him.
History reveals that prophet Muhammad was very humble in his behaviour. He lived as one of the people so that he was not recognized in a crowd. He instructed that nobody should stand up in his honour. He worked along with others. During the war time he worked along with the soldiers to dig ditches. He collected firewood. He consulted his followers in all matters and gave due importance to their opinions and suggestions.