Praiseworthy and Blameworthy Humility – By Imaam Ibn Hibbaan [rahimahullaah]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Ibn Hibbaan [rahimahullaah] said:
It is obligated on a sensible person that he adheres to humility and avoids pride. Humility is of two types- the first one is praiseworthy and the other is blameworthy.
Praiseworthy humility [necessitates] abandoning insolence and mockery. Blameworthy humility [occurs] when a person humbles himself in the presence of one who possesses the things of the worldly life and desiring what such a person possesses. Therefore, a sensible person maintains his abandonment of blameworthy humility in all circumstances and he does not depart from praiseworthy humility in affairs.
[Rawdatul Uqalaa’ page 58. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]