Intentions Am I Being a Hypocrite Q&A
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Is my near pure? Right? As my as my intention even sincere? Like, you could be sitting here and saying, Am I here for the sake of Allah? Or am I here because my friends are here? Or am I here because of this or I need to purify my intention, and was my intention here in the beginning, as it appears at the end, you're constantly questioning yourself and you're developing a kind of anxiety
that I come as I wanted to address the topic of hypocrisy, because I feel like it's so easy to or, of course, we should always reflect on our behaviors and see if our actions are in alignment with our intentions. But it's so easy to I feel like to cut my pocket, I have a printed folder, it's called a hydrochloride. into So how can we are there like guidelines or something that we can, you know, always reflect on ourselves? Because just asking or correcting are in Yeah, I don't think it's enough. Because so many times we were not honest with ourselves, like, Why did I do this? Or why do I want this? We just don't want to look at the ugly truth? And how can we, you know, prevent and
protect ourselves from that? Good question. And I will give you an answer you're not going to like.
So I will tell you that there is an overly
negative narrative of Islam that we have been given for the last century. And we have internalized it. So we assume the worst about ourselves? We actually assume so. So most of you have anxiety, is my knee pure. Right? As my as my intention even sincere. Like, you can be sitting here and saying, Am I here for the sake of Allah? Or am I here? Because my friends are here? Or am I here because of this, or I need to purify my intention? And what's my intention here in the beginning, as it appears at the end? You're constantly questioning yourself, and you're developing a kind of anxiety. And this is actually not, from the rules a lot. How many times that Allah actually asked us to question
our intention. When I go, when I do something, there's called something called willpower, strength of will. Am I clear about why I'm doing something? When you go to university? Are you clear why you're going to university? When you go to your job? Are you clear about why you're going to your job? When you're going to pray to the machine, you're coming to this lecture? Are you clear about why you're coming? You should have clarity in your head before the act, and once it's there, it's there. And this constant anxiety about whether or not my intention is sincere? Yes. Sometimes, over time, you can your intentions can start getting messed up. That can happen. But when does that
happen? You can tell what it's not some secret sauce. It's very simple. You can notice now, if people don't say to people don't appreciate you, or people don't compliment you, or you don't get the attention, then you're not feeling as good about going to this study, you're doing this or that as you did before. So now you're you can tell within yourself, hey, I'm becoming a little hungrier for attention. Or I'm becoming hungry or for praise. My intentions are not what they used to be. You understand? Like, if there's a few 100 of you sitting here, if there was five of us sitting, and there was less energy in me to give my lecture.
Right. I was I was like, people don't care. Let me just make it 20 minutes long and goal, because only five people showed up. What would that prove?
My intentions don't have to do with my work they have to do with you guys. You got your number and impacted my intention. But I have to have you know, I didn't know how many of you are going to show up. I have no idea. I didn't know if anybody's gonna show.
Just one experiment. Show up. I've never been here before.
You know, and sometimes people come in to tell me, you must come to this place. Oh, it's gonna be amazing. I'm like, Okay, I'll check it out. And then I go there. And there's two people that guy and his brother
and that is it. It's so amazing that you came. I was like, I thought this place is amazing. Not that it's amazing that I shave. But cool. Let's go get some pizza. No problem. So one has Yes. And hypocrisy is a very big, very big word. Use it carefully. Your intentions getting messed up about one thing or something else does not make you a hypocrite it makes that action No. Maybe you need to fix your intentions about that action. But don't pass judgment on yourself as a person. Nipah is a disease of the heart it's it's a judgment on on a whole person on yourself. And the fact that you know what Allah says about the month up in an munaf Yukina for a decade. As for the meta now,
hypocrites are in the lowest pit of hell.
The lowest pit of hell. You know what he says about them? So when either he must offer kalamba manifesto fit long then yeah, fit Allah who don't. It is the same whether you forgive you
To ask Allah for forgiveness, you meeting the Prophet, if you ask Allah, for them to be forgiven, or you never asked, meaning if the prophet prays for them or the Prophet never raised them, then you'll fit Allah don't, Allah will not forgive them.
These are not some guys who had some bad intention in one prayer.
There's some pretty seriously bad dudes that are being talked about and really seriously bad ways you understand. And what we do is we take the worst of that. And we use those words so casually for
ourselves or each other, start like that. It is not like that this is an extreme that we have developed and it's unhealthy in my opinion, this this anxiety about the purity of intention, we should have clarity in our intentions, we should cleanse our intentions, but even there, I know it's time for slow but allow me to finish this thought about intentions. It's It might sound controversial to some of you, but this leads to be said, if I answered this young man's question
Did I do it for the sake of Allah? With my intention for the sake of Allah? No, no, I did it because I like him. I like capital.
So I and I feel good that he asked the question, I wanted to help him do it he's just gonna wait hold on, Jaco. Before I answer your question Hold on. Let me purify my intentions for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala
now ask your customer
do I do that? Know when you see somebody you meet somebody at the machines so are they cool? Hey, hold on. I just smiled
Sorry, I was smiling for your sake, but I don't want to smile because I like you. I want to smile for the sake of Allah. Want to be clear? When you when you hug your mom when you go home? You hug your mom. Like my mom. Allah is like a hola let me Nia gotta have a hug
Do you understand what this is? When we start questioning our intentions and everything?
You know your this is not love Allah asked for. Should you have clear intentions about prayer? Yeah. Should you have clear intentions about how to shore fasting sure that there are many other sincere intention helping someone charity good, you know, being kind to somebody smiling. Those are all sincere intention.
Those are all completely sincere intentions. But yes, if you're if you're becoming a fake person, you know it you know and you should catch yourself in that and if you're becoming too obsessed with appearance and what you will how people see you and your your your social media status and whatever that kind of stuff, then yeah, you should have people around you that can say, Hey, come on, you're going down the wrong path. But don't my advice to you is don't you should we should all fear hypocrisy, but we should be careful not to label ourselves as hypocrites. I consider that a form of self hate. You shouldn't do that. You shouldn't do that. Allah doesn't do that to you. Or you
shouldn't do that. Here's
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