Thursday 1 September 2022

Three Indications of a hypocrite (Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Believing in Allah is one thing, acting on His Commandments and Sunnah/Hadith of His revered Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is altogether a different concept. We only recite Qur'an without understanding and very selectively follow Sunnah and Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. That is why we remain far away from guidance that Qur'an provides us and Sunnah and Hadith which elaborate the verses of Qur'an for easy interpretaion.

Many a Muslim, though believers, are often found lacking in traits that are contrary to the teachings of Islam. That means many if not all are hypocrites who deceive people by their apparent piety. When  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ moved to Medinah and formed a coaltion state taking along locals of all faiths, some emraced Islam outwardly just their allegiance remained with the Pagans or the polytheist of Makkah to harm the cause of Islam. And we saw that during the Battle of Trench, many hypocrites left the ranks of Muslims to weaken them.

This has been mentioned in the Qur'an too (سورة آل عمران, Aal-i-Imraan, Chapter #3, Verse #167):
And the hypocrites also. These were told: "Come, fight in the way of Allah, or (at least) drive (The foe from your city)." They said: "Had we known how to fight, we should certainly have followed you." They were that day nearer to Unbelief than to Faith, saying with their lips what was not in their hearts but Allah hath full knowledge of all they conceal.
And as if hypocrites are not vanished altogether. Many believers today are found to fall into this category and because of which they deceive and harm the interest of their brethren, even countries. The  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ thus forewarned his companions to be cautious of people who give out following three indications as narrated by  Abu Huraira:
  1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 
  2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ). 
  3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.).
Now in the light of the above quoted hadith that appear in Sahi Bokhari (The Book Of Belief (Faith), Hadith number 33) just look around and try finding out such people and you would e amazed to find many who possess above three traits. Unfortunately, beside others, these traits abound in the politicians who seldom keep their words and break their promises blatantly.

Many in our ranks portray their piety and charitable nature as a show off to others so that they are upheld in high esteem and status in the society. Even they would offer prayers with so much 'devotion' to be noticed by others so that they are taken as being humble and God fearing beleivers. But whatever is displayed to attract others as a show off, Allah knows it well. The following verse says it all:
The hypocrites - they think they are over-reaching Allah, but He will over-reach them: When they stand up to prayer, they stand without earnestness, to be seen of men, but little do they hold Allah in remembrance; (سورة النساء, An-Nisaa, Chapter #4, Verse #142)
So beware of others with these traits and do not let these negative traits creep into our hearts for we unknowingly may be falling into the category of hypocrites.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the  Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible to make you accept it forcibly, And if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, You will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so  that they are able to discuss issues with Non Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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