Signs of Hypocrite

Hypocrisy is a deadly spiritual disease and the real hypocrite will be placed at an extremely terrible place in the hell. إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ فِي الدَّرْكِ الْأَسْفَلِ مِنَ النَّارِ

My Shaikh used to mention that there are two kinds of hypocrite 1) hypocrite with respect to faith, and 2) hypocrite of the actions. While the former is concerned with the act of disbelieving the tenets of Islam while posing oneself as a Muslim the latter means the habit of disobeying the Lord swt despite promising to obey.

While the above mentioned denunciation, according to various Ulemas, is related to the first category of hypocrite it is important to avoid every aspect of it.

Rasollallah ﷺ has been quoted as mentioning four signs of a hypocrite.

اذا اؤتمن خان واذا حدث کذب واذا عاھد غدر واذا خاصم فجر

  • Whenever he is made a custodian he steals and does misappropriation اذا اؤتمن خانَ

    They are dishonest in their financial dealings, untrustworthy in their relationships, cheat their partners and most importantly intentionally commits acts of misdeed that betray Allah swt.

    Quite often they do not give the due share in inheritance to their siblings, especially sisters, and try usurping others’ shares.

    But this does not necessarily apply to stealing material objects. In a Hadith it is reported that if a person looks around (to ensure if no one else is listening) and then talks to you, you should consider yourself as the custodian of the discussion and should not disclose it to anyone else.

    My Shaikh used to say that we are the custodian of our body. When we use our eyes in evil-glances, tongues in backbiting or using abusive language, hands for stealing, legs for walking towards a sin, lips for forbidden kisses, and others parts of body illicitly, we are infact misappropriating the power that Allah swt has given us.

    My friends! if we do not take Allah swt on our side no matter what we achieve or who we befriend we will never be in able to succeed.
    جو تو میرا تو سب میرا فلک میرا زمیں میری
    اگر اک تو نہیں میرا تو کوئی شئے نہیں میری

  • He is a habitual liar اذا حدث کذب

    Telling lies has become an admirable trait in many occupation especially in sales and marketing. Allah swt is the sustainer and no matter how much gains one accumulates He is the only one who has the power to make them beneficial or useless for us.

    My Shaikh used to say that a true lover of Allah swt would not dare to commit a sin intentionally. Shaitan and Nafs might sometimes get him spontaneously overpowered, but not in his true consciousness. And whenever a sin is committed, he does not get satiated until he get it washed away through repentance.

    Telling lies is a sin that normally cannot be committed without being conscious. Unless it is for a permitted reasons, e.g. to patch up between two Muslims, we must stay away from this essential sign of a hypocrite.

  • Whenever makes an agreement he betrays اذا عاھد غدر

    Another sign of an hypocrite is that he never fulfills his commitments and promises. Always slipery in his dealings and his commitments are worthless.

    A person was traveling with RasoolAllah ﷺ and at a point requested him to wait for him while he completes his work. The person forgets that he has made the prophet waiting and realized a few days later. He went to the same place and found RasoolAllah ﷺ still waiting for him. This was the level of commitment.

    The biggest commitment is what our souls made in aalam e arwah, when Allah swt asked “Am I not your Lord, the Sustainer!?” and everyone reply “Yes”

    My Shaikh used to say that each one of us has already made a promise to our Lord and if we deliberately disobey it is a mis-commitment which we all should avoid.

  • In an event of any disagreement he starts using foul language اذا خاصم فجر

    Disagreements are part of human life and sometimes they bring about blessings. However, use of foul language dishonors both the person and it should always be avoided. The point of view should be presented in a decent manner. The best person is one with greatest level of Islamic ethics.

May Allah swt guide us all and help us to avoid the above mentioned traits of the traitors! Ameen.

Be Thankful to Allah swt

Umar Radiyallahoanhu once went to Rasolallah ﷺ and inquired about the verse ثُمَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ ( تکاثر) and mentions the condition of hunger and hardships faced by the Companions that sounded a little complaining.

Rasolallah ﷺ nurtured his Companions in such a way that against any wordly hardships, instead of allowing them to moan, their attention were immediately drawn towards contentment and upon the comfort and blessings provided by Allah swt. Rasolallah ﷺ sighed and immediately started counting the blessings and asked Umar RA if he wasn’t provided with water and had any issues in urination?

There are countless blessings that we enjoy everyday. The fresh air, the pure drinking water, the delicious food, good health, comfortable driving, pleasant sleeps, well being of our family, prayers from parents, faithful spouses, obedient children, the clothing, the faith in Allah swt, the ability to pray, the urge to help those in need, the strength to avoid sins, the tears of repentance. Each of them is a blessing and it is a fact that we normally get used to them and forget to be grateful to Allah swt. The pious people have a very different world view. They see every favor that they encounter in their lives as a Divine gift.

Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpori ra used to spend about 10-12 hours after Isha in prayers, reciting Quran, performing zikr and duas at a small local mosque and my shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb ra used to accompany him. Everyday around afternoon pulses with bread would come from home and Maulana used to take the meal with such a joy and excitement as if he was having some biryani or pulao. Upon enquiring reason for such a joy he used to say that you look at the contents but I feel that my beloved Allah swt is offering this food Himself to me! And that is the reason for my excitement.

We must make a habbit to concentrate and realize Allah swt’s blessings and thank Allah swt for all the blessings that we receive. This practice will increase the usefulness of those things and blessings.

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

بے کیفی میں بھی ہم نے اک کیفِ مسلسل دیکھا ہے
جس حال میں بھی وہ رکھتے ہیں اس حال کو اکمل دیکھا ہے
جس راہ کو ہم تجویز کریں اس راہ کو اثقل دیکھا ہے
جس راہ سے وہ لے جاتے ہیں اس راہ کو اسہل دیکھا ہے

Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb ra used to say that the real thank is to avoid the deeds that displeases Allah swt. If we merely utter the words of thanks (الحمدللہ، الحمدللہ) but continue to displease the Lord through our actions then this cannot be termed as the real thanks.

May Allah swt give us strength to avoid the disobedience and thank Allah swt for all His blessings in true spirit. Ameen