Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Hypocrites

Thursday 23rd July 2009

Zikr lesson for the week

The Hypocrites ___________________________________________________________________________________

In the beginning of the Holy Qur’an Allah (swt) categorized man into three (3) main groups. The believers, the rejecters of faith and those people who testify in the Oneness of God openly, but in reality they act differently.

 ••   •      
“Of the people there are some who say: "We believe In Allah and the Last Day;" but They do not (really) believe”
(Chapter 2, verse 8)

The hypocrites are a very dangerous category of people. They pose as believers. Prophet Muhammad (saw) had a lot of trouble with the hypocrites. They tried to make mischief amongst the people. This is why there is a chapter in the Holy Qur’an entitled ‘The Hypocrites’.

     •      •    •  
“When the Hypocrites come to thee, They say, "We bear witness that Thou art indeed the Messenger of Allah." yea, Allah knoweth that Thou art indeed His Messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars”
(Chapter 63, verse 1)

Allah (swt) says that the believers will enter Paradise; the disbelievers will enter Hell, but what about the Hypocrites? Where will they end up? Allah (swt) gives us the answer in Surah Nisa;

•      •    •
“The Hypocrites will be In the lowest depths of the Fire: no helper wilt Thou find for them”
(Chapter 4, verse 145)

We cannot call someone a hypocrite because only Allah (swt) knows who they are. Be careful of labeling people. Never criticize or condemn anyone.

                    •      
(At-Tauba 101)
Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are Hypocrites. As well as (desert Arabs) among the Madinah folks; they are obstinate in hypocrisy; you do not know them; We know them. Twice shall We punish them. And in addition shall they be sent to a grievous penalty. (9:101)

Try your best to have clean, pure intentions and whatever you do, do it for the pleasure of Allah (swt) especially when you stand for Salaat. Salaat is the greatest blessing a Muslim has in this world. In it we have the blessed opportunity of standing in front of our Lord and speaking directly to Him, glorifying Him and praising Him. Remember one day we would have to leave this world so let us leave in an honorable and beautiful way.

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