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Hadith No. 33 – Sahih al-Bukhari



Can hypocrisy and faith be in one heart simultaneously?

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 33:

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.


Hadith No. 32 – Sahih al-Bukhari



Imaan is Faith. Certainty. ‘Yaqeen’. It has an opposite: ‘Raeeb’, doubt. It leads to the worst of characteristics: hypocrisy. Ibn Kathir says:

Nifaq (hypocrisy) means to show conformity – or agreement – and to conceal evil. Nifaq has several types: Nifaq in the creed that causes its people to reside in Hell for eternity, and Nifaq in deed, which is one of the major sins. Ibn Jurayj said of the hypocrite that, “His actual deeds are different from what he publicizes, what he conceals is different from what he utters, his entrance and presence are not the same as his exit and absence.”

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 32 :

Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three:

1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ).

3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)”

Why is hypocrisy the worst of characteristics?

Give to the hypocrites the tidings that there is for them a painful torment. 
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #138)


Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire; no helper will you find for them. 
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #145)

The important thing to do is to check ourselves. These three characteristics shouldn’t be in us because we BELIEVE: lying, breaking promises, dishonesty.

May Allah give us strength in our Imaan. Ameen.


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