Hypocrisy

Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (RA) says that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: the one who when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, when he disputes he transgresses and when he makes an agreement he violates it.” (Muslim and Bukhari)

Hypocrisy falls into the category of deception, scheming and presenting an outwardly appearance that is totally different from the inside. In Islam, a person is a hypocrite who accepted Islam and its principles and outwardly practiced it while inwardly concealing his disbelief (kufr), perhaps even unknowingly. Basically there are two types of hypocrisies:

–          Greater (An-Nifaq Al-Akbar): In this type of hypocrisy the hypocrite person has outwardly appearance of beliefs in   Allah, his Angels, his books, his messengers, the last day, etc. while concealing within that which negates all or some of that. Such hypocrites would burn in the lowest depth of hell-fire.

–          Lesser (An-Nifaq Al-Asghar) or hypocrisy of action: To present an outward appearance of good and good deeds while concealing within that which negates that. This form of hypocrisy is built on the 5 things mentioned in the hadith above.

Praying five times a day is not a sign that the performer is a good Muslim but there are some who pray only to gain attention, praise and recognition from fellow beings. Allah says about these men as:

“So woe to the worshipers Who are neglectful Of their Prayers, Those who (want but) To be seen (of men), But refuse (to supply) (Even) neighbourly needs.  (The Noble Quran, 107:4-7)”

“The Hypocrites – they think they are over-reaching God, 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 God in remembrance;   (The Noble Quran, 4:142)”

“And that He may punish the Hypocrites, men and women, and the Polytheists men and women, who imagine an evil opinion of God. On them is a round of Evil: the Wrath of God is on them: He has cursed them and got Hell ready for them: and evil is it for a destination.  (The Noble Quran, 48:6)”

The Muslim hypocrites will be in the most painful level of Hell.  They are worse than the disbelievers themselves in the Eyes of Allah Almighty:

“The Hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire: no helper wilt thou find for them;  (The Noble Quran, 4:145)”

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