Limit of Self Praise

Praising over Oneself

وَ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ‏ قُلْتُ لِأَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع يَجُوزُ أَنْ يُزَكِّي الرَّجُلُ نَفْسَهُ

And Sufyan said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah-asws, ‘Is it allowed for the man to praise himself?’

قَالَ نَعَمْ إِذَا اضْطُرَّ إِلَيْهِ أَ مَا سَمِعْتَ قَوْلَ يُوسُفَ- اجْعَلْنِي عَلى‏ خَزائِنِ الْأَرْضِ‏ إِنِّي حَفِيظٌ عَلِيمٌ‏ وَ قَوْلَ الْعَبْدِ الصَّالِحِ‏ أَنَا لَكُمْ ناصِحٌ أَمِينٌ‏.

He-asws said: ‘Yes, when he is desperate to it. Have you not heard words of Yusuf-as: ‘Make me (in charge) upon the treasures of the land, I am a knowledgeable protector [12:55]?’, and the words of the righteous servant (Prophet Hudas): and I am a trustworthy adviser to you all [7:68]?’’[1]

Sufian said: I asked Abu Abd Allah-asws whether it is acceptable to praise oneself or not.  He-asws answered:  It is acceptable to praise oneself in cases of necessity.  Joseph the Prophet-asws said:  Put me in charge of the treasuries of the land. I now how to manage them (12:55)  The virtuous servant (of Allah-azwj) also said:  I am a trustworthy advisor for you (7:68).[2]

[1] Bihar Al-Anwaar V 75 – The book ‘Al Rawza’ – Ch 23 H 108 / 136

[2] Also in Toufa tul Aqoul