Guarding Against Hypocrisy

خصلتانِ لا تجتمعانِ في منافقٍ حُسنُ سمتٍ ولا فقْهٌ في الدِّينِ

خُصْلَة وخَصْلَة

“There are two traits which will not be found in a hypocrite: a good disposition and comprehension of the Religion (i.e., Islam).”Abu Hurayrah, recorded in Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, #2684

السَّمْتُ: حُسْنُ النَّحْو في مَذْهَبِ الدِّينِ

“Samt: sound manner in religious affairs.”Ibn Mandhur, Lisan al-’Arab

كان يَدْعُو يقولُ اللهمَّ إنِّي أعوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشِّقَاقِ والنِّفَاقِ وسُوءِ الأَخْلاَقِ

“The Prophet ﷺ used to supplicate: ‘O’ Allah, I seek protection with you from divisiveness, hypocrisy, and evil countenance’.”Abu Hurayrah, recorded in Sunan Abu Dawud, #1546

These three things have laid waste to the Ummah of Muhammad in modern times: divisiveness, hypocrisy, and evil countenance.

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