ANA-ANANIYYAH – أنا
Literally: Ana is I. Egoism. Trusting ones own self. Proud. Following his own desires and benefits. Being self-centred. Believing and thinking that one supports their own selves and is the owner of their own actions and being.
Ananiyyah is an attribute of human fitrah, which is equipped by material and ma’nawî equipment, abilities and faculties, that work to make man understand and feel the attributes and Names of Allah (‘Azza wa jalla). From this aspect, it is called Amanah al-kubra.
Ananiyyah also expresses the state of man’s material and ma’nawî faculties and feelings which look to transient life. If through the consciousness and tarbiyyah of îmân, it turns toward the eternal life, it attains istiqâmah and turns toward its real duty. That is to say, the way of ananiyyah to the negative or positive side is open.
If due to forgetting the hikmah of its creation and abandoning the duty of its fitrah, the ana views itself solely in the light of its nominal and apparent meaning; it gives cause to ignorance and darkness in belief and îmân, it gives cause to decline in personal morality and social relationships.
(Please refer to the compilation of Ana-Ananiyyah)