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Boast
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To vaunt oneself or one's possessions. Several passages in the Qurʾān warn of the dangers of boasting. Boastfulness is contrasted with positive virtues that should be cultivated by the righteous. For example, q 4:36 commands serving God alone, in part by doing good to others, and by being neither boastful ( fakhūran), nor arrogant nor stingy. q 11:10 tells of those who exult and boast (innahu la-fariḥun fakhūrun) after experiencing blessing (q.v.) in the wake of adversity. q 31:17-8 admonishes people to “enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong [i.e. al- amr bi-l-maʿrūf]; and bear pa…

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Boast”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00057>



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