Hypocrisy… exposed!

Those who love Allah and believe in His true Guidance cannot live a carefree life. All the time they have this consciousness that this world is filled with good and bad things and they have to exercise a lot of self control in staying away from the things which might anger Allah, even though at the moment they might seem to be very attractive and full of fun and enjoyment. On the other hand there are people who are indulging in all these pleasures hardly caring for Halal or Haram. They call themselves believers but in their hearts is the disease of Hypocrisy. They will not only do wrong things but will also criticize and make fun of the believers. Apparently they seem to be having such a fine time but look at their position on that day of truth; when they will be literally begging for some light:

يَوْمَ يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالْمُنَافِقَاتُ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا انظُرُونَا نَقْتَبِسْ مِن نُّورِكُمْ قِيلَ ارْجِعُوا وَرَاءكُمْ فَالْتَمِسُوا نُورًا فَضُرِبَ بَيْنَهُم بِسُورٍ لَّهُ بَابٌ بَاطِنُهُ فِيهِ الرَّحْمَةُ وَظَاهِرُهُ مِن قِبَلِهِ الْعَذَابُ {13}

On that Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to the true believers: “Wait for us, that we may borrow some of your light.” But they will be told: “Go away! Seek your light elsewhere.” So a wall with a gate shall be set up between them. Inside there shall be mercy, and outside all along there shall be punishment of hell.

They will not be able to understand how can this be happening to them…so they will make another appeal…”were we not with you…were we not Muslims? Living in the same houses, working in the same places?” But reality will be put before them which they will not be able to deny:

يُنَادُونَهُمْ أَلَمْ نَكُن مَّعَكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَى وَلَكِنَّكُمْ فَتَنتُمْ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَتَرَبَّصْتُمْ وَارْتَبْتُمْ وَغَرَّتْكُمُ الْأَمَانِيُّ حَتَّى جَاء أَمْرُ اللَّهِ وَغَرَّكُم بِاللَّهِ الْغَرُورُ {14}

They will call out to the believers, saying: “Were we not on your side?” “Yes,” they will reply, “but you led yourselves into temptation, you wavered, you doubted, and were deceived by your vain desires until Allah’s command came, while the arch-deceiver (shaitan) deceived you concerning Allah till the last moment.”

When I talk to people about having true belief and adhering to Allah’s laws, I often get the standard response that all people are good and it is their own opinion or interpretation of truth according to which they are living….so we should not be critical or judgmental. But I tell them that in the Quran Allah has himself described different characters among people…. making it very clear who is acceptable to Him and who is not. This is not so that we point out towards people and declare them to be “bad” but the purpose is to make us understand what kind of life we should be living if we really want to have a good end in the hereafter. Therefore when Allah is pointing out the fatal errors of the hypocrites it is a warning to us that we should avoid this attitude at all costs…Here is the list from the above Ayat and it is like a mirror in which each one of us should find where he stands:

1- The hypocrites did not avoid situations where they were likely to disobey Allah

(Do I avoid such company and environment where I will be tempted to go beyond the righteous limits?)

2- They were always waiting for everyone else to reform first

(When I know about a command of Allah, do I start acting on it or keep waiting?)

3- They remained in doubt about Allah and His religion

(Do I take care to strengthen my faith by reading and contemplating on Quran and Hadith? And also by spending in the way of Allah?)

4- They were deceived by their desires

(Do I follow my desires blindly? Or do I stop and evaluate whether it will earn me Allah’s pleasure or anger?)

5- They allowed themselves to be deceived by the shaitan

(Do I regularly seek Allah’s protection against this enemy? Do I take steps of protecting my heart from his whispers by constantly remembering Allah?)

Why is it so important to straighten up our lives? Because if remain carefree and don’t turn to Allah then there will come a time when no amount of money can save us from the prison of hell:

فَالْيَوْمَ لَا يُؤْخَذُ مِنكُمْ فِدْيَةٌ وَلَا مِنَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مَأْوَاكُمُ النَّارُ هِيَ مَوْلَاكُمْ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ {15}

They will be told, “Today no ransom shall be accepted from you, or from the unbelievers. Your abode is the fire: which you have justly earned, and it is an evil refuge.”