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Signs of Hypocrisy ؛ Hadith -10 – 

Signs of Hypocrisy ؛ Hadith -10 - / محمد لهلال

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 Signs of Hypocrisy

Hadith -10 – 

محمد لهلال

On the authority of Abi-Huraira, the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, says: “The signs of a hypocrite are three: whenever he speaks, he tells a lie, whenever he promises, he always breaks it, and if you trust him, he proves to be dishonest”. Narrated by al-Bukhari.

Lessons and Meanings:

  • This hadith delineates the stark signs of hypocrisy against which a Muslim should gauge the veracity of his conduct and intentions. These signs are attributes of hypocrites who can bring damage to themselves and the very fabric of society and sow habits that poison social relationships which are supposed to be based on great values such as honesty, trust and chivalry.
  • Telling lies at the individual level can be repaired by true repentance, but if one lies whenever he speaks, his heart will be imprinted with this vice and it would then be beyond redemption. What is more hazardous is when lying to the public becomes a policy for politicians as a means to justify their goals of wooing people to vote for them and accept their leadership.
  • Breaking promises is another sign of hypocrisy. Many Muslims are unaware that making promises is witnessed by God, the Almighty, who warns of hard punishment for breaking it. One should check in his heart how many promises he has made, but failed to deliver, and again, it has become a deep-seated habit for politicians to make pledges of lofty achievements if they are in power, such as dispensing social justice, betterment of life conditions and ensuring economic development, but once they assume power, nothing of the pledges is delivered. This is why mistrust between the public and the political elite has widened.
  • The hypocrite is also dishonest when it comes to entrusting him with a task. He is ready to cheat and deceive people when he feels he is not supervised. He would quickly make up excuses for his misbehavior and you just cannot rely on him for any engagement to serve the common public good. This is why organizations should be cautious not to grant hypocrites leading positions as they would cause much more damage than good.
  • The most unforgiveable sort of hypocrisy is the one related to belief in God and in the Last Day. The Qur’an exposes the most malevolent hypocrites’ behavior as they would announce their belief when they are among the believers, but when they go back to their like-minded unbelievers, they would plot against the Muslim community and deride Islam. Hypocrites would feel joy at Muslims’ hardship and sufferings, but they would express sadness when Muslims are victorious and successful, and they are fully prepared to align with the enemies of Islam and implement their agenda to perpetuate backwardness and distress of Muslim community.
  •   Hypocrites are cowards and are liable to spread false rumors in an attempt to defame righteous public figures and undermine and cripple the efforts for reform and change, particularly today when they use platforms of social media to make up unfounded stories. Their aim is mainly to intimidate truthful persons and push ordinary people to shy away from them.
  • For believers, hypocrisy can be expressed in the base impulses of the ego such as ostentation, irascibility and vainglory. One might lie to oneself by making his “self” believe he is the best of all believers and that he deserves a high position of leadership. Unless the believer corrects his intention, continuously repents and shows humility, he might indulge in conduct that might cost him all his good deeds.

May God, the Almighty, grant us veracity and truthfulness in speech, actions and feelings. And praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds.

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