Arrogance. It's what can lead to our downfall. No matter how pious or religious we are, falling into the trap of arrogance can lead us to the hellfire. After all, the Shaitan was among the most pious, most knowledgable. He was raised to the status of the Angels. And now, he is the forsaken, the enemy.
Can you imagine being raised to the level of Angels in Jannah? Subhan'Allah! To have such status is an honor and a blessing. How is it possible that in an instant someone can go from being at the level of Angels to the lowest and most hated position? By being arrogant.
Unfortunately, some of the most arrogant people I have seen are the ones who are on the straight path. They often think of themselves as better than others becuase they pray, fast, give zakat, observe hijab or have a beard. This is the test of the believer. This is a major trial for those who think they are on the path to Paradise. Along with obedience towards our creator, we need to have humility and remember that we are not promised Jannah.
Even one drop of arrogance can keep us from entering through the gates of Paradise. Close your eyes and concentrate on your body, your soul. Is there even a drop pride in your veins? Do you have the tiniest feeling that you are better than another? Question your nafs. And if there is even the slightest chance that we have any arrogance within us, then we must make istagfaar and repent to Allah. We are but humble servants on an equal playing field, so don't raise yourself above another because your Lord has not revealed to you that status of another or the status of your self.
Until next time...