“Remember Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them, and said: "No one among men can overcome you this day, while I am near to you": But when the two forces came in sight of each other, he turned on his heels, and said: "Lo! I am clear of you; lo! I see what ye see not; Lo! I fear God: for God is strict in punishment." (Quran 8.48)
It is so often that money, power, family, influence and such leads us into a state of false sense of security. When, whatever we touch seems to turn into gold, we get into a mindset that we are almost immortal. Nothing can ever go wrong, we are duped into thinking. We have it set.
This false sense of security if unchecked may lead to a more dangerous situation of “silent arrogance”. “Silent arrogance” is where, without us being aware, we behave arrogantly towards life. We betray our own promises to ourselves to do the right thing.
We forget what it was to be lacking. We allow the sin of pride to slowly consume us or even worse, we develop a self-righteous personality that becomes detrimental to others’ well being.
We foolishly allow ourselves to deny the reality that whatever is with us must one day be gone. Due to this foolishness or “self cruelty”, we become overcome by the illusion of life.
When the hammer falls, we are usually left alone to ponder, where did we go wrong, why did we do what we did? We are left alone in the lurch because the evil whisperer had fled.
“When distress seizes you at sea, those that you call upon - besides Himself - leave you in the lurch! but when He brings you back safe to land, you turn away (from Him). Most ungrateful is man!” (Quran 17:67)
“Do you then feel secure that He will not cause you to be swallowed up beneath the earth when you are on land, or that He will not send against you a violent tornado (with showers of stones) so that you shall find no one to carry out your affairs for you?” (Quran 17:68)
who would ever imagine the sea and the waves coming onto the land in the form of a tsunami and snatching away lives from otherwise "safe places"? Who would ever imagine houses and building collapsing?
Something to ponder.
NOTE: AS ALWAYS, THIS IS MY UNDERSTANDING OF QURANIC VERSES, AND NO ONE IS UNDER ANY OBLIGATION TO ACCEPT IT NOR IS ANYONE EXPECTED TO AGREE WITH IT.