no, it's not about Mr Emran, Mr Edi, or Mr Erwansyah.
it's all about Mr Ego.
thanks to Google, i've picked one definition of Ego, in which it's defined as an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others. and though many agree that ego is important as a booster of self-confidence especially in times of need, i think that Ego is somewhat not welcomed in our Deen.
we often hear the saying;
"If you've got it, flaunt it."
and we, more often than we thought, do this flaunting thing rather awesomely. =,=''
pretty girls flaunt their pretty faces.
boys flaunt their 10hours-at-the-gym abs.
brainies flaunt their intelligence with their straight As and best answers.
those who write well flaunt their fluency with complicated words that only Thesaurus knows.
those who speak well flaunt their awesomeness in debates, public speeches and so on.
and wealthy people basically flaunt their wealth.
don't get me wrong, having all these things is not a sin; you can have wealth, the awesome ability to write or to speak, the pretty faces, the brains and even the brawn; the only thing wrong here is when we flaunt it. sometimes we may do it rather obviously, and other times, we'd do it discreetly. and the scariest part of all, is when our hearts do all the flaunting. because when we thought that everyone else doesn't see it, there's always One who sees it. huhu~
so why is it wrong?
simply said, everything we have in this world, are not ours.
so how can we flaunt them?
how can we feel proud of having them?
how can we feel this superiority of owning them?
when all of it comes from Allah's Rahmat and Allah's Blessings?
but we forget.
and that has always been the real underlying cause.
and the only key to kill Mr Ego is to be reminded. sometimes by the people around us. and if we're lucky enough Allah will remind us through ujian, dugaan dan cabaran that He has perfectly prepared for us. insyaAllah.
and so here's a reminder to self and everyone out there,
"if you've got it, don't flaunt it.
إِذَا مَسَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ ضُرٌّ۬ دَعَانَا ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلۡنَـٰهُ نِعۡمَةً۬ مِّنَّا قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أُوتِيتُهُ ۥ عَلَىٰ عِلۡمِۭۚ
بَلۡ هِىَ فِتۡنَةٌ۬ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكۡثَرَهُمۡ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ
Maka apabila manusia ditimpa bahaya ia menyeru Kami,
kemudian apabila Kami berikan kepadanya ni’mat dari Kami ia berkata:
"Sesungguhnya aku diberi ni’mat itu hanyalah karena kepintaranku".
Sebenarnya itu adalah ujian, tetapi kebanyakan mereka itu tidak mengetahui.