Kibr is the most common root of kufr; this is what caused Iblis to disobey Allah subhanhu wa t'ala. It's also one of the reasons for the downfall of the kuffar.

Even in the development of technology, the kuffar are always trying to show their sophistication by devising...

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...complex solutions and feats of engineering to solve problems (most of which were caused by earlier solutions and feats of engineering). The motivation behind these complex inventions is ostensibly to improve the human condition, but the reality is there is a big...

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...element of vanity and prestige involved.

Islam, by contrast, contains elegant and simple solutions to all of our problems, yet the arrogant ones deride it as being "backward." Meanwhile, their solutions are so complex that they are unable to understand their...

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...consequences, and end up digging themselves into a deeper and deeper pit of social problems, economic problems, health problems, psychological problems, environmental problems, and so on and so forth.

By elevating their "advanced" ultra-complex solutions above...

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...the purity and perfect wisdom of divine guidance, they seek elevate their own intellects higher than al Alim, al Hakim.

Refusing to heed the command of Allah is as simple as a parent telling their child not to enter into a fire, and the child walking into it anyway.

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