Shaykh ’Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, said,
“Be aware of the fact that when you ask Allah you are a winner in every situation, because He azza wa jal will either give you what you ask for or divert an evil which is greater [than what you asked for] away from you or He will store it away for you as reward on the Day of Resurrection. So whoever supplicates to Allah then he will not be let down—so supplicate to Him a great deal, and seek forgiveness and turn in repentance to Him a great deal.”
Sharh Riyadis-Saalihin, vol. 6, p. 52.
“He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise.”
[Al-Tirmidhi Hadeeth no. 249. Narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri]
Humility and humbleness are among the foundations of the religion and its core whereas, pride contradicts Islam.
The origin of humility is found in the verse: (سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا) (We hear and obey) [Al-Baqarah 285]. This means we hear what you have said our Lord in the Quran and what Your Messenger has said.
Humility and pride are two distinct traits that are not hidden from anyone. Let’s look at the differences between the two:
The humble person submits to the truth no matter who it comes from. He does not care about his old views, speech or position. He aides the truth whenever it becomes clear to him its right.
The arrogant stubborn one clings inflexibly to his speech, actions and ways. In fact he has a high opinion of his speech and deeds. When the truth is made clear to him, he turns up his nose arrogantly; as he is amazed with himself. Having this trait lowers a person to a very low status.
The person with humility spreads the greetings of peace to the young and old, to those of high status and low. He treats everyone the same.
The conceited person does not give salaams or even look at the needy and poor. He has no concern for their needs and he will not even intermingle with them.
The humble individual is loved by Allah and His servants. He is always close to good and distant from evil, sin and transgression.
The arrogant one is hated by Allah and His servants. He is always distant from piety and righteousness and close to evil, sin and transgression.
Humbleness is a quality to the Prophets and Messengers. This attribute is for the God fearing and Guided. Arrogance is a characteristic of the tyrants and oppressors.
Humility increases a person’s nobility and raises his status until he eventually reaches the ranks of those loved and pleased by Allah.
How many humble people attain love and charity! How many times is a person with humility praised! How often do people supplicate to Allah for a modest man!
On one hand, there is not a humble person to Allah, except that the Most Merciful raises his rank. On the other hand, there is not an arrogant person except Allah lowers his status.
Source: Shaykh Abdur Rahman As-Sa’dee - Majmu’ As-Sa’dee vol 22/ 150-153
Hasan Al-Basri had a neighbor who was a Christian. This neighbor had a toilet on the roof of his apartment and it used to leak through a hole in the roof of Hasan Al-Basri’s apartment.
Hasan placed a bucket beneath the hole to catch the urine that would leak through it and discard the contents at the end of each day. This continued for 20 years.
Then one day, Hasan fell ill and his Christian neighbor came to visit him. When he entered, the neighbor noticed the bucket of urine that was leaking through the hole in his ceiling and asked Hasan astoundingly! “How long have you been tolerating this harm from me?”
Hasan replied, “For 20 years.”
So the Christian neighbor took of his belt (which was the clothing of the Christians during that time) and accepted Islam.
Source: Hilyatul Awliyaa’a by Abu Nu’aim Al Asbahaani