Showing off can be avoided by realizing that the entire creation put together can neither harm you or benefit you.

You don’t care what the creation does or thinks!

So why does it matter what they think of you and why should you do anything for anyone’s sake except for Allah’s?

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In order to avoid Riyaa’, Imam An-Nawawi recommends to continuously remind ourselves that the entirety of creation and their praise cannot help us in the slightest, nor save us from the punishment or anger of Allah, so we shouldn’t care.

[taken from the AlMaghrib Forums]

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