Hypocrisy or An-Nifaq

Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri said of hypocrisy:

No one fears it but a believer, and no one feels safe from it but a hypocrite.

It is a fact that many of the most sincere companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ feared hypocrisy for themselves, and were extremely conscious of their words and actions because of this fear. There’s need to be cautious of this canker because it eats up good deeds the way the woodpecker destroys the tree.

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal shak wan-nifaq wal-kufri wa fujoor
Oh Allah! I seek refuge in You from doubts, hypocrisy, disbelief and immoral conduct.

You may also recite:
Allahumma tahhir qalbee min an-nifaq wa lisaani min al-kadhib
Oh Allah! Cleanse my heart from hypocrisy, and my tongue from falsehood.”

Dhun Nurayn El Shabazz

Hudhayfah ibn Yaman, may God be pleased with him, was entrusted with the names of the hypocrites during his lifetime, after the Messenger of God ﷺ returned to our Lord. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ didn’t reveal any name to anyone, but he assured Umar ibn Al Khattab who was worried, that he wasn’t one of them. Until then did Umar feel a bit relief. This is how we all ought to feel unsafe from the ills of An-Nifaq.

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