How can I control the negative effects of arrogance and desires in my life, so that I don’t waste this opportunity to absorb the Quran, so that I can make a positive change in my life?
The first thing that comes to my mind is the gist of the hadith of Prophet(saw) when he(saw) said that whoever has a mustard seed of arrogance won’t be able to enter Jannah. Arrogance in duniya can destroy my akhira so the key is to remember akhira. Also, trying to learn from those who are better than us will keep us humble and not arrogant.
Knowing the worth of duniya is also important as I am only here for a very short time. I don’t know when the clocks will stop working for me, so insh’Allah that would make me akhira oriented.
Moreover, the knowledge that I am getting is a fadl from Allah. If He wishes He can take it from me within seconds so there is no point in being arrogant or thinking that we are superior to anyone because we may know a little more than someone who is not acquiring this ilm.
Being consistent with duas, a constant link with the Quran and giving a sadqah every time I feel superior to anyone will also help me insh’Allah.