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Published on November 18th, 2018 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 348

Signs of a Hypocrite


there is s serious disease outbreak, warnings
are given out.

And people are given any means possible and
they are reminded over and over again that

you need to be careful, this is a dangerous

If you have the following symptoms, go see
a physician.

And there are alerts everywhere.

I remember recently, because I used to travel
a lot, when the bird flu and swine flu was

going around, at airports they had free hand
sanitizers and extra alerts and if you are

sneezing, don’t travel and this and that.

Depending on how serious a disease is, the
more panicked a society gets and rightfully


And if the disease is life threatening then
it’s more serious.

Sometimes schools are shut down, and people
don’t go to work, and even if they don’t

have those symptoms/ if they don’t actually
have that disease but they have even the most

minor instances of that symptom, people start
thinking maybe they have it.

And they start citing with caution.

They get extra careful because I don’t want
to take any chances, you know, maybe this

is just a cold or maybe this is that crazy
deadly disease that they are talking about

all the time all over the place.

And obviously this is a natural response in
any society.

I wanted to introduce this khutbah this way
because I want to talk to you about a disease

and this is a disease believers should be
reminded of all the time.

And it’s a serious disease.

You know in medical terminology like they
say some of the most serious conditions you

can have is a heart condition.

Well, the disease I want to talk to you about
is actually a heart disease and the Quranic

term for it is “Nifaaq”.

You commonly may have heard the term ‘hypocrisy”.

Hypocrisy—it’s a disease and it’s a
very serious disease.

For any disease you have pathology.

First of all what are the consequences?

So what if somebody has hypocrisy?

How bad can it be?

What are the consequences of this disease?

Well first let’s take a quick look at the

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Quran, “The
hypocrites, they are in the lowest pit of


The lower the hellfire gets, the tougher it

The lowest pit possible in Hellfire is reserved
for al-munaafiqoon—the hypocrites.

Then on top of that, how serious this disease
is and how if somebody reaches the terminal


You know when there are the early stages of
a disease you can go get treatment but if

it gets to a point of no return, if the disease
reaches a point of no return then you can’t

be helped.

No matter how good the treatment, no matter
how expensive the hospital or the doctor or

how advanced the equipment this person can’t
be helped.

A good friend of mine is a physician.

He actually works in the ER; he sees a lot
of like people close to death.

So one time they had this young man who got
into a car accident, he belonged to a very

wealthy family.


They came by private jet from all over the
country and they are trying to tell them we

don’t care how much money it takes, you
need to save his life.

And he got to a certain point where basically
he was practically dead and he said no amount

of money can save him now.

That’s beyond us now.

This is beyond the attempt of human beings.

Now I want to bring that parallel back to

What is the cure?

What is the remedy?

You know one of the great gifts in this Deen
is that the Messenger (SAW) would make dua

for a person.

You know how sometimes you go to the imaam;
you ask him could you please make dua for


Or you go ask the elder could you make dua
for me.

When somebody is travelling you say could
you make dua for me because the dua of the

traveler is accepted.

When somebody is going to Hajj you make sure
you call them and say make sure you make dua

for me.

And they ask you any special dua you want
me to make for you because I am going there?

Now imagine if the Messenger (SAW) himself
is making dua for someone.

I would think that would count for a lot.

But Allah tells His Messenger (SAW) twice
in the Quran:

It is all the same for them whether you ask
forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness

for them; never will Allah forgive them.

(Quran; Surah al-Munaafiqoon, ayah 6)
These people have reached a point of no return

in their hypocrisy.

It would be the same for them whether you
made istaghfar for them or you didn’t make

istaghfar for them.

Meaning if you asked Allah to forgive them,
Allah is telling His Messenger (SAW) if you

asked Allah to forgive them or you never asked,
it wouldn’t make a difference.

Allah wouldn’t forgive them.

Allah would not forgive these people.

How serious is this disease even the Messengers
(SAW) dua doesn’t make a difference!

And in another place in the Quran Allah says,
“If you should ask forgiveness for them

seventy times – never will Allah forgive them.”

(Quran; Surah at-Tawbah, ayah 80)
That’s a pretty serious disease!

And look at the mercy of our Messenger (SAW)!

When the ayah is revealed, he said then I
will ask more than seventy times.

He is that concerned for his ummah.

But nonetheless the declaration of Allah in
its absolute form that these people are beyond

help even if the Messenger himself was going
to make dua specifically for them, even that

wouldn’t be enough.

This is how serious the disease is!

When somebody realizes that’s a serious
disease, the next thing they want to know

is do I have it or not.

Do I have this sickness or not?

And what do I need to look for?

In any disease, you look for symptoms.

You look for signs in yourself.

And these symptoms are not for you to look
in anybody else first.

Where are you supposed to look?

For yourself.

The only person who doesn’t look into themselves
is the person who is sure that they can never

catch it.

They could never possibly get this sickness.

It doesn’t catch people like them, it catches

But the thing about Nifaaq is, the Messenger
(SAW) himself gave us a principle about our

attitude towards hypocrisy.

He said, “Nobody feels safe from it except
a hypocrite and nobody is afraid of it except

the believer”.

So if a person thinks they don’t have it,
that’s a pretty good sign that they do.

If a person is really sure that they have
no ounce of hypocrisy in them that in itself

seals the deal that they in fact do have hypocrisy.

And another benefit of this hadith is that
you stop being concerned about the hypocrisy

of others.

You become more than anything else concerned
about the hypocrisy of yourself.

And if you find yourself concerned with the
hypocrisy of others that in itself is a pretty

serious sign.

That’s a pretty major sign that you are
not as concerned as you need to be about yourself.

And I am not as concerned as I need to be
about myself.

Some ulema count more than 70 signs, some
count more than a hundred signs, and some

of the more restricted lists I have seen are
like 30 signs of a munaafiq, forty signs of

a munaafiq.

If I gave you forty signs of a munaafiq chances
are you won’t even remember two.

So what I have decided to do in this khutbah
is to at least leave you with no more than


And if you can remember three or four of them,
Insha’Allah it’s of benefit.

Four of them, they come from a hadith of the
Prophet (SAW) and two of them come from a

couple of ayaat in the Quran.

Actually the same ayah in Surat at-Taubah.

The ones I want to share with you.

So I will start off with you the hadith of
Prophet (SAW).

In other narration of this hadith there are
four, in one narration there are three signs

of a hypocrite.

So let’s just try and remember them Insha’Allah
for our own benefit.

He says “Whenever he speaks, he lies”.

If he speaks there is some element of a lie
in it.

Whether this lie is to impress someone or
to get out of trouble or to make someone happy

or out of fear.

You know people lie for different reasons.

You get late to work; your boss says why are
you late.

The real reason is you overslept but you don’t
want to tell him that so you say traffic was

pretty bad.

You think that’s not a big deal.

It is a little lie, not a big deal.

You are at home playing video game or browsing
something and your dad walks by and he says

what are you doing, you alt-tab immediately

It’s a little lie; not a big deal.

Doesn’t hurt much.

When he speaks he doesn’t think twice that
the fact I am lying is something major.

It’s not something small.

When you lie a lot, you know what happens?

It’s not a big deal to you anymore.

You don’t even realize that you are doing

It just becomes part of your speech.

You don’t even think twice about it.

Somebody is calling you on the phone and you
don’t want to talk to them.

You would rather finish watching the movie
so you let them go to voicemail then you send

them a text message “in a meeting, will
call you back later”.

Small small lies!

Not a big deal!

You would think it’s not a big deal.

But as far as this hadith of the prophet (SAW)
is concerned, these little things, they can

add up.

And they can turn into a sign of hypocrisy.

Now there are some instances in which obviously
there are exceptions.

There are exceptions in which even the Messenger
(SAW) has advised us to make the exception

and this is when there is no harm.

One instance I want to share with you—Your
wife made a meal for you.

You take the first bite and it’s the taste
of death.

And she asks you immediately “how is it”.

At that point it’s not okay for you to say
“it reminds me of the Day of Judgment”.

You just say it’s good, Alhamdulillah.

You can stay safe.

The safest answer in that situation is to
say ‘Alhamdulillah” because that could

go either way.

The idea is that you don’t have to lie but
you can avoid hurting people’s feelings

in certain situations.

But you know yourself very very well.

When is it that you are using lying as a shield
and when is it you are doing it for something


You know that very well yourself.

But this hadith is talking about people that
are trying to protect themselves.

They are trying to save their own skin.

They are trying to get away from some obligation
or get out of trouble or make someone happy

for unfair reasons.

Whenever he speaks, he lies is the first (sign).

He says the second sign of a hypocrite—When
he is argued/ debated/ disagreed with, he


We get into disagreements all the time.

You can get into disagreements about little
things or big things.

People get into disagreement about which phone
service is better or which new device is a

better product.

Should you go pc or should you go Mac.

Should you buy Japanese, American or German?

But when you get into any discussion, any
argument, whether it may have to do with something

trivial or it may have to do with business
or family, it may have to do with how you

spend your time, whatever it may be if it
takes very little for you to explode and become

overly angry, this in itself is a sign of

When he is argued/ debated/ disagreed with,
he explodes.

Literally explodes.

People are afraid to talk to him because he
is like a walking time bomb.

He could explode at any time.

People know about this person—this guy or
that one, he has got a temper or she has got

a temper.

I try to avoid talking to them because you
never know when it’s going to go off.

I wouldn’t want to be on their bad side.

This is a second sign.

And here specifically I want to highlight

If you study the attitude of hypocrites in
the time of prophet (SAW), you learn some


And one of things you learn is, you know when
they would get the most offended?

When something was said to them that was supposed
to be good advice.

The hypocrite thinks of good advice as an

So when good advice is been given, the hypocrite
thinks this guy is judging me, he is trying

to criticize me in public, he is trying to
humiliate me, I am not going to take that

from him.

Instead of taking it as good advice, the first
thought that goes in the mind of a hypocrite

is why is he talking to me like that!

Who are you to talk to me like that?

Why should I take your advice?

Who do you think you are?

Those are the defenses that go up inside of
the mind of a hypocrite.

And this kind of a paranoia that Allah talks
about often in the Quran especially in Surat

al-Munaafiqoon would be I am talking about
somebody who lies or somebody who explodes

in anger.

Maybe one of you knows me and you are thinking
why is he looking at me like that?

Is he giving this khutbah about me?

Because I think it’s about me because he
keeps giving me that dirty look.

I am not giving any of you a dirty look but
if you have that paranoia, there is a problem.

That in itself is an indication.

Now there is two ways of thinking about that.

I want to be clear for you.

On the one hand if you are paranoid that I
know you, and I am onto you and I am talking

to you specifically, that’s a problem.

But if you take the advice that’s been given,
I for myself and for you and you say you know


What he is saying applies to me too and I
should take it into consideration.

Now that’s a good thing.

That’s a good thing.

So the second (sign) is when he is argued/
debated/ disagreed with, he explodes.

He (SAW) says the third sign—Whenever he
is entrusted with something, he violates that


You are trusted to do your job right.

You are trusted to show up on time and leave
on time.

You are trusted to take a 30 minute break
from work.

You are trusted to pay the money back at a
certain time.

You are trusted to give your employees check
on time.

You are trusted with things around the house,
you are trusted with things at your work,

at your business, you are trusted with things
within the family, you are trusted with things.

There is a trust between a student and a teacher.

There is a trust between an employer and employee.

But as soon as you see nobody is watching
over my back, you decide I don’t have to

take it that seriously’.

‘Yes, I have been entrusted with it, but
since nobody is watching over me all the time..The

moment the security camera is off or my boss
is not there, maybe today instead of a 30

minute break how about a 45 minute break?

No big deal.

Nobody is going to know.

Nobody is going to find out.

You know why they have punch clocks in offices,

Because people can’t be trusted.

If we really were Muslims, and all the employees
in the company were true Muslims, we wouldn’t

have punch clocks.

There wouldn’t be any need to keep record—when
did you come in, when did you go cause people

keep their word.

When they are trusted with something, they
do it.

But unfortunately we are not living in times
like that.

When something is asked of you and you are
entrusted with something, you don’t take

it seriously.

And that’s a major sign of hypocrisy.

And finally He makes a promise; he goes back
on his promise.

One thing is to be trusted with something;
the other is you go out of your way and tell

someone you are going to do something.

You promise them.

Now going back on the promise means two things;
1, it means he doesn’t fulfill it; this

person makes a promise ‘I will see you’
but doesn’t see you.

‘I will call you’ but doesn’t call you.

‘I will show up’ but he doesn’t show
up etc.

This is a problem.

The second part of that is ‘I never promised
you, what are you talking about?/ no no I

don’t owe you anything/ I didn’t promise
you that/ you must have heard me wrong.’


You conveniently forget or you make sure the
other person must have made a mistake because

you couldn’t possibly have made that kind
of an obligation or that kind of a commitment.

Four serious signs of a hypocrite in this
one hadith of the prophet (SAW).

Actually the beginning of this hadith is “these
four things, whoever has them then you know

they are a hypocrite”.

And this is not for you to find in somebody

Once again I remind you don’t be thinking
in your head ‘you know I can think of this

one guy, he could really use this khutbah.

Cause I think he has got all four.’

You are not supposed to be thinking about
anybody else.

You are supposed to be thinking about yourself.

The moment you are thinking about anybody
else, know that that’s a bigger problem

than all of these because you are not concerned
about yourself.

So, whenever he speaks, he lies.

When he is argued with, he explodes.

When he is entrusted with something, he violates
that trust.

And when he promises, he goes back on the

Four signs.

And now we will talk about the two signs I
wanted to mention to you from the Quran.

Allah (SWT) says, “They don’t even come
to the prayer except that they are lazy.”

In this ayah there is so many gems, so many
treasures in this part of the ayah.

Allah didn’t even say they establish the

You know about the believers what Allah says
all the time?

They establish the prayer.

He says they (munaafiqoon) don’t even come
to the prayer except that they are lazy.

What the ayah is telling us is that even the
hypocrite comes to the prayer but what Allah

is criticizing is not that he comes to the
prayer but he comes to it lazily.

The way in which he comes to the prayer is
lazily, ‘omg!

Salat time again!

/ It’s cold!

I got to do wudhu again!

I just put my socks on’.

You know, it’s like a nuisance for you.

It is like its getting in your way.

You have other things to do with your schedule
and it’s kind of this unscheduled stop in

your day.

And some of you are not used to praying.

Some of you don’t pray regularly and you
end up by the qadr of Allah in the company

of others who are regular in their prayer
and you are together hanging out and somebody

says ‘its salat time’ and the first feeling
that goes through you is discomfort, ‘omg!

I gotta pray now with these guys because if
I don’t pray they are going to be like ‘why

you are not praying’.

And there is this laziness that takes over
you on the inside.

That’s a pretty serious sign of the munaafiq.

We are supposed to be zealous towards the
prayer and the attitude Allah gives us, you

know if you think of your day like a calendar.

Allah (SWT) says the prayer has been declared
over the believers as a law that keeps their


In other words the calendar of a Muslim is
based on the salah.

‘I will see you at ASR time/ I will see
you right before zuhr time, we will pray together/

let’s have a meeting after Maghreb’.

Our calendar is salat.

Our schedule is salat; all the other activities
we do are secondary.

They can move.

Like in a house, my teacher used to give the
example, you have pillars.

You can move the furniture, what can you never

The pillars.

You can move all the other things in your
day; the thing you cannot move is salat.

And the final sign, the sixth sign that I
wanted to share with you today is: They don’t

spend except that they regret it.

The ayah here refers to spending for the sake
of Allah, that’s the primary meaning.

Giving sadaqa, giving the obligatory and beyond.

There is sadaqa and of course there is the
obligatory i.e., zakat.

Nothing comes out of their pockets for the
sake of Allah except that they think twice

about it, and in their mind they run the entire

This money could have gone there there there!

You know, when the call is being made to give
something for the sake of Allah the first

thing that goes in your mind is Man!

What about the groceries this week!

Electricity bill!

I haven’t paid the car insurance for the
next six months!

Tuition for college!

The house payment!

This and that!

All of a sudden you become a CPA— the moment
you have to write a check for the sake of


But when you go to wall mart, and you start
throwing things in your shopping cart you

don’t think twice.

When you go to game stop and you are buying
video game you don’t think twice!

You think about college tuition!

None of that goes through your head.

It’s all good; I will take care of it.

It will work itself out, I got this.

When you are leaving extra tip for the waiter
at the restaurant, it’s all good.

When it comes to giving in the sake of Allah,
immediately shaitan comes.

Immediately he comes and he tells you listen!

You need to think about this man!

You need this money!

You could be doing so much more with it.

So Allah tells us in Surat Al-Baqarah “shaitan
promises you poverty”.

When you are thinking about losing your money
when you give for the sake of Allah then you

should know that shaitan had worked.

And the hypocrite has developed that attitude
so much; they don’t even think its shaitan.

They think it’s themselves.

The use of the noun (in the ayah) suggests
that they (hypocrites) are always like that.

Never comes a time in their life that they
have to give for the sake of Allah and they

don’t think twice.

They don’t like it.

And even after they give it they are like

I wish I could just somehow cancel the payment.

You know the regret is going on afterwards!


These are six pretty serious signs of a munaafiq.

In the beginning I told you the consequences
of this disease, right?

I told you they are in the lowest pit of the
fire and even the prophet (SAW) asking for

forgiveness wouldn’t be enough for them.

But in the end I want to leave you with one
of the other consequences of hypocrisy that

doesn’t happen in the Aakhirah, it happens
in the duniya.

It doesn’t happen in the next life, it happens
in this life.

This is something Allah tells to His Messenger
(SAW) in Surat At-Taubah.

Allah says, “Don’t be impressed with their
money and don’t be impressed with their


Because for a hypocrite, all they figure is
I am going to keep this money for what?

For myself, building my assets, and I am going
to put my kids to a good school, I am going

to give them a good career etc.

It’s not bad to take care of your kids but
when you only worry about the duniya of your

kids and the thought never crossed your mind
that I should be giving these children, like

Ibraheem (AS) gave his children some concern
about where they are going to end up, how

they are going to raise a family of their
own, an ethical character.

I just need to give them a good education.

Allah says about them don’t be impressed
with them.

“Allah only intends to torture them by means
of it.”

By means of what?

Their money and their children.

Torture them by means of their money and their
children in this world.

I have met people.

They came to this country, good Muslims.

When they came to this country, the doors
of the haraam are wide open and the halaal

option is really small and it’s far away.

So they chose to make some compromises in
their life.

And they chose to become people that don’t
care too much about salat and they don’t

care too much about giving.

And they just became self-indulged.

And then they became very successful in their

They put their kids to very good colleges.

And you know what?

These are the same people sitting in the audience,
sometimes they are crying.

Because they are saying what have I done with
my kids.

They don’t even talk to me!

Forget talking to Allah, they don’t even
talk to me.

I gave my life for them!

I worked in grocery stores, I drove a cab
and I did all this stuff for them!

The only thing I didn’t give them is Deen
and look what happened!

Now that same money that I exhausted my youth
to save for them, the money has become a source

of torture and they have become a source of
torture for me!

That’s all they have become!

This is the punishment of Allah in this duniya.

I have seen it with so many people.

That sadness in their eyes when they talk
about their children.


Wealthy families!

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful that I have the
opportunity to go to many communities across

the country.

I meet these people.

They are so wealthy.

They are so well-off.

Their children went to the best schools.

They are lawyers and engineers and doctors.

They are working in high branches of government
etc. and yet they say, my son, you know, he

doesn’t talk to me.

What should I do?

And if you just sit there and ask how are
you raising your children?

What kind of life were you living?

When did you start coming to the masjid to
begin with?

Even for jumuah?

You will find some really interesting answers.

And people don’t make the connection.

Many of you sitting in the audience are young
and your children are young.

This issue of not living a life of hypocrisy
is not just important for you.

It leaves a legacy for generations to come.

Understand that.

This is a very serious matter for all of us.

Islam is not automatic over here.

It’s not auto-pilot.

We have to actively keep it alive.

This is a country where Islam is being pulled
away from us all the time.

So you have to be extra involved.

It’s not like when you were living back

Where you say it’s all good, we are living
in a Muslim country.

The next generation will be Muslim so what’s
the big deal?

No no, it’s not like that.

We have to become very aware Muslims.

And we have to raise very aware Muslim children.

May Allah help us recognize and fight the
causes of hypocrisy.

May Allah give us the ability to strengthen
our imaan and remove this disease from our

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And may Allah not raise us on judgment Day
among those who were hypocrites.


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