5. Signs of a Hypocrite
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan acquaints us with the signs of a hypocrite and how one should be wary of them.
Allah (SWT) tells us in the Quran, “The hypocrites, they are in the lowest pit of Hellfire.”The lower the hellfire gets, the tougher it gets. The lowest pit possible in Hellfire is reserved for al-Munaafiqoon—the hypocrites. Allah tells His Messenger ﷺ twice in the Quran: It is all the same for them whether you ask forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness for them; never will Allah forgive them. (Quran; Surah al-Munaafiqoon, ayah 6)
These people have reached a point of no return in their hypocrisy. It would be the same for them whether you made istighfar for them or you didn’t make istighfar for them. It means that Allah is telling His Messenger ﷺ that if you ask Allah to forgive them or you never asked, it wouldn’t make a difference. Allah wouldn’t forgive the hypocrites.
It is also mentioned in the Quran Allah says, “If you should ask forgiveness for them seventy times – never will Allah forgive them.” (Quran; Surah at-Tawbah, ayah 80)
Among the numerous signs of a hypocrite are:
- Whenever he speaks, he lies.
- When he is argued/ debated/ disagreed with, he explodes.
- Whenever he is entrusted with something, he violates that trust.
- He makes a promise; he goes back on his promise.
- They don’t spend except that they regret it.
- They don’t even come to the prayer except that they are lazy.
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warnings are given out. And people are given any means possible. And they're reminded over and over again that you need to be careful, this is a dangerous disease. If you have the following symptoms, go see a physician. And there are alerts everywhere. I remember recently because I used to travel a lot. You know, when when like the bird flu and swine flu, and all this stuff was going around at airports, they'd have like free hand sanitizers and extra alerts. And if you're sneezing don't travel and this and that, and the other, depending on how serious are diseases, the more panicked societies it gets, and rightfully so. And if the disease's threatening life threatening, then it's
even more serious, sometimes schools are shut down, and people don't go to work. And even if they don't have those symptoms, if they don't actually have that disease, but they have even the most minor instances of that symptom, people start thinking maybe they have it. And they start citing with caution, they get extra careful because I don't want to take any chances. You know, maybe this is just a cold, or maybe this is that crazy, deadly disease that they're talking about all over the place. And obviously, this is a natural response in any society. But the disease that I wanted to I wanted to introduce this quote by this way, because I want to talk to you about a disease. And this
is a disease that a believer should be reminded of all the time, and it's a serious disease. And you know, as in medical terminology, like they say, some of the most serious conditions you can have is a heart condition. Well, the disease I want to talk to you about is actually a heart disease. And the chronic term for it is default. We commonly may have heard the term hypocrisy, hypocrisy, it's a disease and it's a very serious disease and for any disease, you have a mythology you have, well, first of all you have what are the you know, what are the consequences? How bad is it? So what if somebody has hypocrisy what how bad could it be? What are the consequences of this disease? Well,
first let's take a quick look at the consequences. Allah azza wa jal tells us in the Quran, in the Luna subpoena if it doesn't kill us phenomena now,
the hypocrites there in the lowest pit in the hellfire. The lower the Hellfire gets, the tougher it gets and they are in an Aspen dark in Aspen. The lowest pit possible in Hellfire is reserved for
Then on top of that, how serious diseases and how if somebody reaches the terminal stages, you know what, there's the early stages of a disease, you can go get treatment, but if it gets to a point of no return, if the disease reaches a point of no return, then you can't be held no matter how good the treatment no matter how
Expensive the hospital and the doctor are how advanced the equipment this person can't be helped. A good friend of mine is a physician and some time and he actually works in the ER and stuff, you know. So he sees a lot of like people close to death and he's seen a lot of death. So one day one time they had this young man who got into a car accident, he belonged to a very wealthy family, non Muslims and they came you know, they came by private jet from all over the country, and they're trying to tell them we don't care how much money he takes, you need to save his life. And he got to a certain point where basically he was practically dead and he said, there's no no no amount of
money can save them now. There's that's beyond us. Now, this is beyond the attempt of human beings. Now I want to bring that parallel back to hypocrisy. What is the cure? What is the remedy? You know, one of the great gifts in this Deen is that the messenger sallallahu Sallam would make the offer a person You know how sometimes you go to the Imam and you ask them Could you please make the offer me? Or you go ask the elder could you make the offer me when somebody is traveling you say could you make the offer me because they do have the travelers accepted. When somebody is going to hug you make sure you call them and see make sure you make go out for me. And they will even come and ask
you any specials or you want me to make for you because I'm going there. Now imagine if the messenger will last a lot more than himself is making golf for someone, I will think that will count for a lot. But it must house His messengers a lot more so twice in the Quran. So what are they him? Allah whom Amanda stuff in the home linear,
it would be the same for these people, these people have reached a point of no return in their hypocrisy, it would be the same for them, whether you made stefarr for them, or you didn't make a step out for them, meaning if you asked a lot of forgive them, or was telling his messenger Salalah Hassan, if you asked a lot of forgiveness, or you never asked, it wouldn't make a difference a loan forgiven, alone would not forgive these people. How serious is this disease, that even the messengers their house doesn't make a difference. And in another place in the
interest of in the home, Sabrina Martin, when you have a home, if you asked a lot of forgive them 70 times a level about forgiveness.
That's a pretty serious disease. And look at the mercy of our messenger sallallahu sallam. When the ayah is revealed, he said then I'll ask more than 70 times. He's that concern for his own law. But nonetheless, the declaration of Allah in its absolute form, that these people are beyond help, even if the messenger himself was going to meet God specifically for them. Even that wouldn't be enough. This is how serious the diseases. But when somebody realizes that disease is serious, the next thing they want to know is do I have it or not? Do I have the sickness or not? And what do I need to look for in any disease? You look for symptoms, you look for signs in yourself? And these symptoms are
not for you to look in anybody else for us? Where do you Where are you supposed to look for yourself. The only person who doesn't look in themselves is a person who is sure that they can never catch it. They could never possibly get the sickness, it doesn't catch people like them, it catches others. But the thing about nifa is the messenger himself so long, give us an axiom a principle about our attitude towards hypocrisy. He said, I mean, who ended up munafo.
Nobody feels safe from it, except a hypocrite.
And nobody is afraid of it acceptable evil. So if a person thinks they don't have it, that's a pretty good sign that they do. If a person is really sure that they have no incident, no ounce of hypocrisy in them, that in and of itself seals the deal that they in fact, do have hypocrisy. So konkola. Another benefit of this study is that you stop being concerned about the hypocrisy of others, you become more than anything else, concerned about the hypocrisy of yourself, yourself. And if you find yourself concerned with the hypocrisy of others, that in and of itself is a pretty serious sign. That's a pretty major sign that you're not as concerned as you need to be about
yourself. And I'm not as concerned as I need to be about myself.
There are some other mark out more than 70 signs, some count more than 100 signs. Some of the more restricted lists I've seen are like 30 signs of a one off 40 times a one off, if I give you 40 signs of a Menaka chances are you won't even remember to.
So what I've decided to do with this football is that at least leave you with no more than six. And if you can remember three or four of them and cellos are that's of benefit. Four of them, four of them. They come from a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and two of them come from a couple of items are actually the same as those of Toba. The ones I'm going to share with you. So start off with you from the Hadith of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, in which he says if
I had to manifest the narration of the studies, there are four in one narration there are three signs of a hypocrite so let's
Just trying to remember them in sha Allah for our own benefit.
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is a hairdresser candy bar. Whenever he speaks, he lies. Whenever he speaks, he lies. If he speaks, there's some element of a lie in it what whether this lie is to impress someone, or to get out of trouble, or to make someone happy, or out of fear, you know, people lie for different reasons. You get late to work, your boss says, Why are you late? The real reason is you overslept, but you don't want to tell them that. So you say I traffic was pretty bad. You think is not a big deal, we'll just line up not a big deal. You know, you're at work, you're at home, and you're like, you know, playing video games or something or browsing something. And your dad walks by and says, What are you doing?
You you all tab immediately a homework? You know, no, no, it's not a big deal. Doesn't hurt that much. When he speaks, he doesn't think twice that the fact that I am lying is something major is not something small, when you lie a lot, you know what happens, it's not a big deal to you anymore. You don't even realize that you're doing it, it just becomes part of your speech. You don't even think twice about it. You don't even think twice about it. You know, he's somebody's calling you on the phone, and you don't want to talk to them. You'd rather finish watching the movie. So you let them go to voicemail, then you send them a text message in a meeting we'll call you back later. Right?
small, small, life's not a big deal, you would think it's not a big deal. But as far as this Hadith of the Prophet is concerned, some of these little things, they can add up, and they can turn into a sign of hypocrisy. Now, there are some instances in which obviously, there are exceptions. There are exceptions in which even the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam has advised us to make the exception. And this is where the when there's no harm, like, are very specific instances, at least one instance, I want to share with you, your wife made a meal for you. And you take the first bite and it's the taste of death. Right? But she and she asked you immediately How is it? Well, at that
point, it's okay for you to say it reminds me it's not okay for you to say it reminds me of stale judgment. You can just say it's good. And humble enough, you can you can stay safe. And the safest answer in a situation like that is just feel comfortable. Because that could go either way. Right? So don't say nothing.
So, the idea is that you, you can't you don't have to lie. But you can, you know, avoid hurting people's feelings in certain situations. But you know, you know yourself very, very well, when is it that you're using lying as a shield? And when is it that you're doing it for something good, you know that very well yourself. But this is talking about people that are trying to protect themselves. They're trying to save their own skin, they're trying to get away from some obligation, or get out of trouble, or make someone happy for, you know, unfair reasons, is because he was the first he says the second reason he says, or the second sign of the hypocrite is a hassle.
When he's debated with when he argues with someone, we get into disagreements all the time, you can get into disagreements about little things or big things. You know, people get into disagreements about which phone service is better or which new device is, you know, a better product or should you go PC or should you go back? Or should you buy American or Japanese or German people get into dumb arguments. But when you get into any discussion, any argument whether it has to do with something trivial, or it may have to do with business or family, it may have to do with how you spend your time, whatever it may be, if it takes very little for you to explode, and become overly angry. This
in and of itself is a sign of hypocrisy. When he's argued with when he's debated when he's disagreed with he explodes flagella literally explodes. People are afraid to talk to him because he's like a walking time bomb. He could explode at any time. People know about this person and this guy or that one. He's got a temper. She's got a temper. I try to avoid talking to them. Because you never know when it's gonna go off. I wouldn't want to be on their bad side is that Hassan Mahajan is a second time and here it is. Specifically I want to highlight something. The hypocrites if you if you look at if you study the attitudes of the hypocrites in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam, you learn some things. And one of the things you learn is you know, when they would get the most offended when something was said to them. That was supposed to be good advice.
The hypocrite thinks of good advice as an insult. So when good advice is being given, the hypocrite state thinks this guy is judging me. He's trying to you know, criticize me in public, he's trying to humiliate me, I'm not gonna take that from him. Instead of taking it as good advice. The first thought that goes in the mind of a hypocrite is why is he talking to me like that? Who are you to talk to me like that? Why should I take your advice? Who do you think you are? Those are the defenses that go up inside the mind of a hypocrite. Actually, I'll give you a sign up and this kind of paranoia that Allah talks about often in the Koran, especially in sort of menarche Boone would be
I'm talking about
about somebody who lives or somebody who gets you explodes in anger, and maybe one of you knows me. And you're thinking, why is he looking at me like that?
Is he give him this football about me, because I think it's about me because he keeps giving me that dirty look, I'm not giving any of you a dirty look. But if you have that paranoia, there's a problem. That in and of itself is an indication. Now there's two ways of thinking about that, I want to be clear for you. On the one hand, if you're paranoid that I know you and I'm onto you, and I'm talking to you, specifically, that's a problem. But if you take the advice that's being given out for myself and for you, and you say, you know, what, what are you saying applies to me, too, and I should take it into consideration. Now, that's a good thing. That's a good thing. So the second is
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he says, The third sign, so the first one I'm repeating for you. So you remember in Tableau gala, when he speaks he lives, when he's argued with he explodes, when, when he argues he explodes, either to mean a foreigner, either to mean a foreigner, whenever he's entrusted with something, whenever he's entrusted with something, he violates that trust, you're trusted to do your job, right? You're trusted to show up on time and leave on time, you're trusted to take a 30 minute break from work, you're trusted to pay the money back at a certain time, you're trusted to give your employees send them the check on time, you're trusted with things, you're trusted with things around the house,
you're trusted with things that your work at your business, you're trusted with things within the family, you're trusted with things. There's a trust between a student and a teacher. There's a trust between an employer and an employee, there's trust. But as soon as you see nobody's watching over my back, you decide. I don't have to take it that seriously. Yes, I've been entrusted with it. But since nobody's watching over me all the time, the moment the security cameras off, or my boss is not there, maybe today, instead of a 30 minute break, or about a 45 minute break, no big deal. Nobody's gonna know. Nobody's gonna find out. You know why they have punch clocks in offices, right? Because
people can't be trusted.
If we really were Muslims, and all employees in the company were true listeners, you wouldn't have punch clocks, there wouldn't be any need to keep record. When did you come in? When did you go because people keep their word, when they're trusted with something they do it. But unfortunately, we're not living in times like that. We're not when it when something is asked of you, and you're entrusted with something, you don't take it seriously. And that's a major sign of hypocrisy. It's a major, major sign of hypocrisy. You know, it has to mean ohana. And finally, what you know what?
One thing is to be trusted with something. And the other is you go out of your way and tell someone you're gonna do something, you promise them if he makes a promise. It doesn't in Arabic is a promise, you promise people something else? No, goes back on his promise. Now going back on the promise here means two things. One, it means he doesn't fulfill it. This person makes a promise i'll see you doesn't see you. I'll call you. He doesn't call you. I'll show up. He doesn't show up, etc. This is a problem. The second part of that is I never promised you. What are you talking about? He's just a flat to somebody's face. What do you talk? No, no, no, I don't owe you anything. I didn't
promise you that you must have heard me wrong. Right you so that you conveniently forget, or you make sure the other person must have made a mistake, because you couldn't possibly have made that kind of an obligation. Or that kind of that kind of a commitment is allowed by law for serious signs of a hypocrite in this one of the profits of the lahori Center. This actually the beginning of this thesis about Roman canopy for these four things, whoever has them, then you know that they're a hypocrite, then they are a hypocrite. And this is not for you to find in somebody else. Once again, I remind you, as you're listening to this, don't be thinking in your head, you know, I can think of
this one guy. He could really use this clip, but because I think he's got all four No, no, no, no. You're not supposed to be thinking about anybody else. You're supposed to be thinking about yourself, the moment you're thinking about anybody else know that that is a bigger problem than all of these. That's a bigger problem though, because you're not concerned about yourself. So when he speaks he lives when he argues he explodes. When he's trusted with something he violates the trust. When he promises something, he goes back on the promise for science. And now when we talk about the science, the two signs I wanted to mention to you from the Quran, very scary signs. I'm going to
conclude with them and shout out Allah. Allah says, What are you doing a sonata in lava hongkou Salah
when I a tuna salata, in lava, hongkou, Salah, and in this ayah there's so many gems, so many treasures in this part of the ayah. Allah didn't even say they established the prayer, you know, but the believers Allah says all the time they established the prayer up munakata they establish the prayer. He says what they are doing. They don't even come to the prayer coming to the prayer in our home. kasana except that they're lazy. What he is telling us is even the hippo comes to the prayer. He comes to the prayer, but what I was criticizing is not that he comes to the prayer but he comes to it leisurely. The the week
When it comes to the prayers, lazy, oh my god, a lot of time again,
it's cold, I gotta make Lulu again,
I just put my socks on, I take them off, you know, it's like a nuisance for you. It's like it's getting in your way, you have other things to do with your schedule, and it's kind of this, you know, unscheduled stop in your day. And sometimes some of you, they're not used to praying, some of you don't pray regularly. And you end up by the cover of a line, the company of others who are regular in their prayer, and you're together hanging out and somebody says it's a lot of time and you're the first feeling that goes through you is discomfort. Oh my god, I gotta pray now with these guys. Because if I don't pray, they're gonna be like, why are you not praying? You know, and there's
this laziness that takes over you on the inside. That's a pretty serious sign of the munafo. We're supposed to be zealous towards the prayer and the attitude of law gives us you know, if you think of your day like a calendar, a lot so as it says to us in the Sonata, kind of mini Nikita makuta. Allah says the prayer has been declared over the believers as a law that keeps their time. In other words, that the calendar of a Muslim is based on the salon. I'll see you at a certain time. I'll see you right before overtime, we'll pray together. Let's have a meeting. After modeling our calendar, our schedule is solid. All the other activities we do are secondary, they can move, like you know, in a
house my teacher used to give the example in a house you have you have pillars, you can move the furniture, what can you never move the pillars, you can move all the other schedule, you can move all the other things in your day, the things you cannot move around. It's a lot, you come to it and don't come to it lazy when I do the salata in our home cassara and the final sign the six signs that I wanted to share with you today is when I use the Puna in lava whom Calhoun's
they don't spend except that they regret it that they don't like it. They don't spend money by the IRA it refers to spending here spending in the sake of Allah that's the primary meaning spending for the sake of Allah giving sadaqa giving even the obligate obligatory and beyond so there's the solder pot and of course the obligatory there's nothing comes out of their pocket for the sake of Allah except they think twice about it. And in their mind, they run the entire accounting, this wouldn't could have gone there, they're there they're there. You know, when a call is being made to give something for the sake of Allah and relax This is not a fundraiser. Right? When when the call is
being made to give something for the sake of a law, the first thing that goes in your mind is man What about the groceries this week the electricity bill, I haven't paid the car insurance for the next six months tuition for college that house payments, you know the lawn more this and that, oh my god, you're on mute. All of a sudden you become a CPA, the moment you have to write a check for the sake of Allah. But when you go to Walmart and you start throwing things in your in your you know, in your shopping cart, you don't think twice when you go to GameStop when you're buying a video game you don't think twice you're like you don't think college tuition, lawnmower, none of that goes
through your head. It's all good. I'll take care of it. It'll work itself out. I got this you know, you leave an extra tip for the waiter at the restaurant so good I got this when it comes to giving for the sake of a lot immediately shavon comes immediately he comes and he tells you listen, you need to think about this man. You need this money you could be doing so much more with it. So let's help us shape
shape on promises you poverty when you're thinking about losing your money when you give for the sake of Allah then you should know that shape on at work. That's you should know that shape on at work and the hypocrite has developed that attitude so much they don't even think it's a I think it's themselves when
Jim Carrey hoon. And this Gary Hoon, is it some fun? I don't want to get grammatical with you. But very briefly, this is the use of the noun here suggests they're always like that. Never duck never comes a time in their life that they have to give for the sake of luck. And they don't think twice that they don't like it. And even after they give they're like man, I just I wish I could just you know somehow cancel the payment or go back or you know that they regret is going on afterwards. So problem. These are six pretty serious hot signs of a one off him. And I told you in the beginning, in the beginning, I told you the consequences of this disease, right? I told you that they're the
lowest pit of the fire. And even the Prophet asking for forgiveness Wouldn't it wouldn't be enough for them. Some of Maharani he was on them. But in the end, I want to leave you with one of the other consequences of hypocrisy. That doesn't happen in the US. It happens in the dunya it doesn't happen in the next life. It happens in this life. This is something about houses messenger to Solomon, Solomon suta Toba, he says Egypt
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Allah says Don't be impressed. Then as he tells his messenger slice them. Don't be impressed with their money, and don't be impressed with their kids.
Because for a hypocrite, all they figure is, I'm going to keep this money for what for my for myself, my building my assets, and I'm going to put my kids through a good school, and I'm going to give them a good career, etc. And even here, when we say, to whom it's not like, it's bad for you to take care of your kids, but when you only worry about the dunya of your kids, and none, never the thought crossed in your mind that I should be giving these children, like Ibrahim gave his children some concerned about where they're going to end up how they're going to raise a family of their own and ethical character, I shouldn't give that I just need to give them a good education. Allah says
about them, don't be impressed with them. A lot only intends to torture them by means of it by means of what their money and their children
torture them by means of their money and their children in this world. In this world, I've met people that came to this country, good Muslims, good Muslims, when they came to this country, the doors to the forum are wide open. And the halaal option is really small, and it's far away. So they chose to make some compromises in their life. And they chose to become people that don't care, care too much about salon, and don't care too much about giving. And they just became self indulged. And then they became very successful in their businesses, and they put their kids through college is very good colleges. And you know what, these are the same people sitting in the audience. Sometimes
they're crying, because they're saying, What am I done with my kids, they don't even talk to me. Forget talking to a lot. They don't even talk to me. They don't even look back. I gave my life for them. I give everything for them. I worked in grocery stores and I drove a cab and I did all this stuff for them. The only thing I didn't give them is Dean, and look what happened. Now that same money that I exhausted my youth to save for them, the money is become a source of torture, and they've become a source of torture for me. That's all they become, is a punishment of aligned dystonia. I've seen it to switch so many people that sadness in their eyes, when they talk about
their children will live in wealthy families, I go, Mashallah, I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to go to many communities across the country and meet these people. They're so wealthy, they're so well off their children or went to the best schools or lawyers and engineers and doctors, they're working in high branches of government, etc. And yet they say my son, you know, he doesn't talk to me, what should I do? You know, what can I do? And if you just sit there and say, How are you raising your children? What kind of life were you living? When did you start coming to the machine to begin with? Even for joumana? You'll find some really interesting answers. You know,
people don't make the connection. Many of you sitting in the audience are young and your children are young. This this issue of not living a life of hypocrisy is not just important for you, it leaves a legacy for generations to come. Understand that this is a very serious matter for all of us. Islam is not automatic over here. It's not on autopilot. We have to actively keep it alive. This is a country where Islam is being pulled away from us all the time. So you have to be extra involved. It's not like when you were living at home, we can say it's all good word. Also country, the next generation be Muslim. What's the big deal? No, no, no, no, no. It's not like that. We have
to become very aware of Muslims. And we have to raise very aware of Muslim children a lot so we can help us recognize and fight the causes of hypocrisy. Allah hasn't and give us the ability to strengthen our human and remove this disease from our hearts and mill will not resist on Judgement Day among those who were hypocrites barakallahu li walakum for chronic Hakeem, when a frightening what year from
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