Khutbah- Nifaaq

05Mar10

إن الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا من يهده الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلل فلا هادي له وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون

يا أيها الناس اتقوا ربكم الذي خلقكم من نفس واحدة وخلق منها زوجها وبث منهما رجالا كثيرا ونساء واتقوا الله الذي تساءلون به والأرحام إن الله كان عليكم رقيبا

يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله وقولوا قولا سديدا . يصلح لكم أعمالكم ويغفر لكم ذنوبكم

ومن يطع الله ورسوله فقد فاز فوزا عظيما

أما بعد

Nifaaq.

When we hear this word, we think that it’s referring to someone else, for how can any one of us be a munaafiq?

What most of us don’t realize is that unlike a blatant Kaafir, who is easily identifiable, the Munaafiq is perceived to be a Muslim by those around him, and often times, by his own self.

We know that Huthaifah, radhiAllahu ‘anhu, was entrusted with the list of all the hypocrites in the time of Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasalaam, and the Sahaabah would frequently ask him as to whether they were on that list or not.

Umar ibn al-Khattab, radhiAllahu ‘anhu, even asked him, “I ask you by Allah!  Did Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, name me amongst them?”

And Huthaifah replied, “No! And I’ll never answer anyone else regarding this issue.”

And we know that one of the Taabi3een, ibn Abi Mulakah, radhiAllahu ‘anhu, said, “I met 30 of the Sahaabah and I swear that each and every one of them was always afraid of falling into Nifaaq.”

But today, we have people who walk around fully content that they are completely safe from hypocrisy, and this is no doubt, one of the biggest signs of being a Munaafiq.

We should know that Nifaaq can be so subtle that the one who possesses it, more often than not, isn’t aware of it himself.

Allah, says in surat al-Baqarah,

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ آمَنَّا بِاللّهِ وَبِالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَمَا هُم بِمُؤْمِنِينَ

“And of mankind, there are some who say: “We believe in Allâh and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not.”

يُخَادِعُونَ اللّهَ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَمَا يَخْدَعُونَ إِلاَّ أَنفُسَهُم وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ

“They think they’re deceiving Allâh and the Believers, while they only deceive themselves unknowingly!”

فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللّهُ مَرَضاً وَلَهُم عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ

“In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allâh has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.”

So on top of learning about the subtlety of nifaaq, we also learn that Allah Himself increases the severity of one’s nifaaq and ensures he never gets guided and ends up in Jahannam because of the gravity of their crime, namely, believing that they’re fooling themselves and Allah into thinking that they’re believers, when in fact, they possess nothing but doubt and disbelief.

We should also know that these people often times truly and sincerely think that they’re doing good and are helping Islam, when in fact, they’re only spreading fitnah and misguidance amongst the people.

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ لاَ تُفْسِدُواْ فِي الأَرْضِ قَالُواْ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُونَ

“And when it is said to them: “Do not spread corruption or evil in the lands,” they say: “We are only doing good.””

أَلا إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْمُفْسِدُونَ وَلَـكِن لاَّ يَشْعُرُونَ

“Verily! They are the ones who spread evil, but they perceive it not.”

And again, Allah points out to us the fact that such people themselves don’t realize that they are, indeed, munafiqeen.

PART 2

Now that we have explained what Nifaaq is, how subtle it can be and how fearful the Sahaabah were of falling into it, we can briefly describe some of the signs of Nifaaq and how we can protect ourselves from it.

Muhammad, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said, “Four traits, whoever possesses them is a sheer hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, when he disputes he transgresses and when he makes an agreement he violates it.”

And in Saheeh Muslim it ends with, “even if he fasts and prays and imagines that he is a Muslim.”

Another sign is that when they’re presented with the teachings of Islam, whether it be through an ayah or a hadeeth, they are either hesitant in accepting it or they’ll show distaste and aversion towards it.

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ تَعَالَوْاْ إِلَى مَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ وَإِلَى الرَّسُولِ رَأَيْتَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يَصُدُّونَ عَنكَ صُدُودًا

“And when it is said to them: “Come to what Allâh has sent down and to the Messenger” you see the hypocrites turn away from you with aversion.”

And, subhanAllah, we see this happen very often.

People today perceive Islam to be everything they first heard as they were growing up, whether it be from a deviant man or from a distorted book, and when they’re presented with the Quran and Sunnah and it contradicts their perceptions of Islam, they immediately reject them.

Therefore we must realize that when we debate and argue about the religion of Allah, we’re not merely arguing with the person conveying the Quran and Sunnah, but we’re directly taking on and arguing with Allah, ‘aza wa jal.

And lastly, as for protecting ourselves from Nifaaq, we should ensure that all of our actions fall in line with the Quran and Sunnah, especially if we’re doing something that apparently is for the sake of Allah.

And this includes being involved in Muslim organizations such as the MSA, for if one believes that the purpose of his involvement is to serve and please Allah, but in reality he is just there to please his desires and waste his time socializing and having fun and so on, without actually serving Allah and ensuring His religion is adhered to, then he is only fooling himself and risks becoming a Munaafiq as was described in the previous ayaat.

Similarly, this applies to those who go to the masjid or do other acts of ibaadah only out of a need to maintain an image or for any other reason than to please Allah alone.

Likewise, of the means to keep our hearts clean of nifaaq is to ensure that our obedience and worship of Allah in secret far surpasses that which is done in public, and the best method of doing so is to establish our tahaajud in the third part of the night, especially since the Sahaabah knew that it was only the munaafiqeen who left that and similar deeds alone.

I ask Allah to protect us from Nifaaq and everything that leads to it, and to help us easily accept His teachings and forgive us of our past transgressions and keep us on the path that leads to Jannah.

والحمد للّه أولا وآخراً. والله وليّ التوفيق وصلى اللّه على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم

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