Signs of Hypocrisy

Thou wilt know them hypocrites) (hypocrites) by the tone of their speech
[Al-Qur’an, 47:30]

Signs of Hypocrisy

Allaah’s holy Messenger‫ ﷺ‬said; three; “Signs of a hypocrite are three; َ َ َ َ ‫ا َذا َ ث‬ ‫ب‬ Who, speaks, Who, when speaks, lies ْ َ َ َ ُ ‫َوا َذا اؤ‬ ‫ِ ن‬ entrusted, And when is entrusted, betrays َ َ ْ ‫َوا َذا َو َ َ ا‬ pledges, violates. And When pledges, violates.”
[Related by Tirmidzi, Bukhari, Muslim, in Kutub on Faith]

Signs of Hypocrisy

People have come up with a number of remedies for our current political crisis. Some talk of democracy and a gradual refinement process as the best possible way forward, whilst some prefer Monarchy or Militarianism, yet others, the ever un-dependable religious lot, merely speaks of Theocracy as the best option merely for selfempowerment. The general masses, however aren’t buying any of these and understandably have lost trust in just about every political slogan. But instead of seeking and pursuing more rational means toward socio-political prosperity, people, after enduring numerous disappointments, are quite satisfied to wait for some much (too much) awaited super-natural savior to descend from the heavens and rectify the nation’s miserable and meager state. To which I say: even if our super-hero were to arrive, he’ll probably run right back seeing the mess we’ ve got ourselves into! Nevertheless, despite carrying relative advantages, these options seem to have two basic difficulties; they look too far-off for people seeking immediate results, and at least for the time being, one finds few trustworthy individuals who could lead the way towards a smart and smooth process of implementation, thus making these options too speculative.

Signs of Hypocrisy

Conversely, the road to recovery or political refinement should rather be simple, which it is, the only necessity is that we turn back to our Religion, and I don’t ask of you, nor myself, to all of a sudden become perfect practitioners of the Sharee‘ah (that of course is a distant but vital goal); but for time being at least, all I ask of you is a few minutes to ponder, reflect, and solemnly intend acting upon just one single fore-mentioned hadith of the holy Prophet‫ ,ﷺ‬and that’s all! For Allaah Ta‘aala attests: Ye have indeed in the Allaah’s Messenger‫ ﷺ‬a beautiful affaires) pattern (of conduct in all affaires)… [Al-Qur’an, 33:21] And when you do so, you’ll surely acknowledge that more than 95% of our current crop of leadership, those whom we elect and constantly defend at all cost, befit Prophetic description of hypocrites immaculately. You’ll have little difficulty working out that our Elect are all PhD’s in how to deceive people, and they lie repletely in order to keep their heads above water. These, when entrusted with properties and wealth of people exhaust it as if it were inherited. And they make promises only to dishonor them as if pledges were meant to be contravened. So what else apart from destruction have

Signs of Hypocrisy

we to anticipate when affairs of a community are handed to such leaders? And if we keep due course be not surprised if more harsh trials surround you, disasters afflict you, and crisis upon crisis be made our destiny. Allaahu’l-`Azeez says in His divine Book: …Verily never will Allaah change the condition of a people until they goodness) change it (their state of goodness) themselves (by these) committing sins and choosing leaders as these)… [AlQur’an, 13:11] Nations are known through leaders who represent mass opinion. Thamud were destroyed not because every single person hamstrung God’s she-camel; their wretched representative was the one hell bent on disproving the Messenger and the whole nation suffered a consequence for not condemning the heinous act. There is an Arabic saying that goes: ‘ ‫,’ا س ٰ د‬ that ‘people are upon ways of their monarchs’, which shows we are really no exception to our political hierarchy, for why is it that after being acquainted with Prophetic guidance concerning hypocrites and having known full-well that our leaders cheat, perjure, commit disloyalty and eat (un-lawfully) of people’s wealth, i.e. are

Signs of Hypocrisy

utter hypocrites; yet we keep empowering and supporting them with our vote of confidence? Maybe we’re just too foolish to recognize their obvious mischievousness, or, perhaps we prefer these over Prophetic regard; so when self-motive is concerned, we neglect the Prophet’s ‫ ﷺ‬guidance insofar as become willing allies to people of hypocritical features in lieu of alliance with Allaah’s Messenger‫ ?ﷺ‬Perhaps we’re as hypocrite in our claim of “’ishq-i-Rasool‫ ”ﷺ‬as people we elect to be our representatives are with us. Like it or not, but the fact is that our assertion of love for the Prophet‫ ﷺ‬could not be farther from the practical example we demonstrate. Allaah Almighty calls us to re-think our position: We sent not a messenger, obeyed, messenger, but to be obeyed, in accordance with the Allaah. only, unwill of Allaah. If they had only, when they were un-just to themselves, themselves, come unto thee and asked Allaah’s forgiveness, forgiveness, and the Messenger‫ ﷺ‬had asked forgiveness them, Oftfor them, they would have found Allaah indeed Oftreturning, Merciful. returning, Most Merciful. [Al-Qur’an, 4:64]

Signs of Hypocrisy

Rasoolu’Allaah‫ ﷺ‬did say: “ ‫ا‬ ‫ ”ا ء‬that ‘man is resurrected amongst whom he loves’ and love is known only through obedience and in hate for disobedience. When the Prophet‫ ﷺ‬tells us one thing and we do the opposite, aren’t our loud slogans as phoney as promises of our political leaders? Think of it: would any of us wish eternal complicity with these over perpetual companionship of Rasool’Allaah‫ ﷺ‬in After-Life? The answer is a positive “no”, but why then isn’t this “no” actualized in our actions? It’s very easy to place the burden of blame upon others, especially in-competent leaders, but before doing thus, do recall self-deficits in that leave aside the entire Religion, we find it hard even to act sincerely upon one hadith! The root cause then to our current political crisis are not merely some worthless monarchs, but our own double standards have caused Allaah’s displeasure and wrath to descend upon us, Who, by no means, is going to help us out unless we decide wholeheartedly to change our hypocritical ways. Allaah Ta‘aala says: Whatever you, misfortune happens to you, is because on the things wrought, them) your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He forgiveness. grants forgiveness. [Al-Qur’an, 42:30]

Signs of Hypocrisy

The only way out of this political mess we’re in is turning back (tawbah) to Prophetic guidance if we truly believe in him, and from now onwards solemnly pledge implementation on just this single hadith. The way towards a change means to vote for those only who lie not or least, and seem most honest in speech. Whom earn of legal means and keep their hands off people’s wealth. And most importantly, those who do not perjure and earnestly safeguard their pledges. Fasten yourself to this one hadith of the Prophet‫ ﷺ‬and I guarantee you that inshaa’Allaah!, 95% of our self-caused socio-political predicament will be eradicated. Know also that when one sincerely partakes goodness he/she does not wait for others to precede, instead begin with yourself on an individual level and collective fruits will sprout; for selfaccountability and reaffirmation (tajdeed) of faith is necessary if we’re seriously looking at preserving any prosperity for our immediate future. If not then Allaah Almighty has warned: …Allaah is free of all wants, and it wants, Allaah needy. back, is ye that are needy. If ye turn back, He will substitute in people; your stead another people; then they would not be like you! you! [Al-Qur’an, 47:38]

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