Hadith No. 33 – Sahih al-Bukhari
Can hypocrisy and faith be in one heart simultaneously?
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
The Prophet said, “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.
1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.
2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.
4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.”
Note that the Prophet (SAW) said, whoever has one of these characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy until and unless he gives it up. Meaning that a believer MAY have either of these qualities but he should try to give it up since it’s hypocritical.
To clarify, read this:
Imam Ahmad recorded Abu Sa`id saying that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
(The hearts are four (types): polished as shiny as the radiating lamp, a sealed heart with a knot tied around its seal, a heart that is turned upside down and a wrapped heart. As for the polished heart, it is the heart of the believer and the lamp is the light of faith. The sealed heart is the heart of the disbeliever. The heart that is turned upside down is the heart of the pure hypocrite, because he had knowledge but denied it. As for the wrapped heart, it is a heart that contains belief and hypocrisy. The example of faith in this heart, is the example of the herb that is sustained by pure water. The example of hypocrisy in it, is the example of an ulcer that thrives on puss and blood. Whichever of the two substances has the upper hand, it will have the upper hand on that heart). This Hadith has a Jayid Hasan (good) chain of narration.
We’re humans. We do commit sins, knowingly and unknowingly. But to repent and to make amendments is what’s required of us. So, if you diagnose yourself with either of these hypocritical characteristics, GIVE IT UP! Because Imaan and Nifaq cannot get together in one heart for long. One will take over eventually.