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MODESTY. Freedom from vanity (al-tawadu`) is a central concept in Islam, directly connected to the concept of tawhid. According to the Qur'an, Satan's fall from grace was a direct result of his vanity. Having been ordered by God to bow to Adam, all angels complied except Satan. Satan explained his defiance as follows: "I am better than [Adam]; You created me from fire and created him from clay" (7.12). Any Muslim who engages in vain and arrogant behavior, such as adopting an attitude of racia ...more

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