A man turns away from his religion in just a moment

Hypocrisy is a disease that drives faith out of a person’s heart. Sometimes, a person is unaware that hypocrisy has made a home in his heart and he performs the deeds of a hypocrite unknowingly.

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) narrated that a man among you goes out and he meets the man with whom he had some work. He speaks to him of this and that and praises him highly. He is most likely not to get his task done, yet he returns having made Allaah angry and not possessing anything of religion. [Recorded by al-Faryabee in “Sifat al-Munaafiq” (111)]

Abu Darda Jubayr Ibn Nufayr (rahimahullaah) said that he heard Abu Darda (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) while he was finishing his Salah. He sought refuge in Allaah from hypocrisy and he sought it again and again. Jubayr asked him, “What’s with you, O, Abu Darda? You and hypocrisy?” He said, “Leave me alone. By Allaah, a man turns away from his religion in just a moment, and comes out of it.” [Recorded by al-Faryabee in “Sifat al-Munaafiq” (73 )]

Muhammad Ibn Sirin (rahimahullaah) said that nothing is more fearful than hypocrisy for one who has recited the verse {And of mankind there are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the last Day,” While they are not believers.(2:8)} [Recorded by al-Faryabee in “Sifat al-Munaafiq” (82)]

al-Hafidh Imaam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah) mentioned in his book “Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam”:

“Lesser hypocrisy stems from variance between one’s inner intentions and his deeds.

al-Hasan said, “The signs or hypocrisy are the variance between the heart and the tongue and the inner intentions and deeds and between the entry and exit”  [Recorded by al-Faryabee in “Sifat al-Munaafiq” (49), Ibn battah in “al-Ibanah” (910)]

When Hudhayfah was asked about the characteristics of a hypocrite, he said, “He describes faith but he does not act in accordance with it” [Recorded by al-Mirwazee in “Ta’dheem Qadr as-Salaah” (682) and Ibn Battah in “al-Ibanah” (914) or (928)]

It was said to Ibn ‘Umar, “When we visit our ruler and we talk to him, our speech is different from that which we use to practise when we are not with him,” Ibn ‘Umar said, “We used to consider this act as hypocrisy.” [Recorded by al-Bukharee in Kitab al-Ahkam, (no. 7178)]

Hudhayfah said, “You are uttering speeches which we used to consider as signs of hypocrisy during the era of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

He also said, “A man would speak a word during the era of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which would taint him as a hypocrite. I hear such words from you scores of times in the meeting.” [Recorded by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad, (no. 5/386, 390)]

BilaI bin Sa’d said, “A hypocrite says what he knows and does what he denies.” For this reason, the Companions were afraid that they might be hypocrites without knowing it.

‘Umar bin AI-Khattab used to ask Hudhayfah whether he was one of them or not Ibn Abi Mulaykah said, “I saw thirty companions all fearing that they might be hypocrites.” [Recorded in Saheeh al-Bukharee, volume 1 page 18, heading preceding hadeeth no. 48]

Lesser hypocrisy is the gate to grand hypocrisy, just as sins are the gateway to disbelief. Just as a person who insists on committing sins, may be deprived of belief when he dies, a person insisting on the signs of lesser hypocrisy may be deprived of belief and become a total hypocrite.”

[Source: “Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam” of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah), Volume 2, pages 490-491, checked by Shaykh Shuaib al-‘Arnaoot]

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