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Hypocrisy is a deep rooted and all pervading spiritual disease- Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah


Hypocrisy is a deep rooted and all pervading spiritual disease. A person’s heart could be overflowing with it yet be oblivious of it due to its hidden and subtle nature; frequently does it lead a person to think he is acting rightly when in reality he is spreading corruption.



It is of two types: major and minor;

major hypocrisy leads to eternal punishment in the lowest depths of the Hell [1]; it is to outwardly display faith in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day whereas inwardly one is devoid of such belief, indeed disbelieving in it. He does not believe that Allah spoke to a man amongst men who He appointed to be a Messenger: guiding them by His permission and warning them of His punishment.



In the Quran, Allah has the machinations of the Hypocrites, He has unveiled their beliefs, their qualities, and made their goals clear so that the believers can be aware of them. [2]


He divided mankind into three groups in the beginning of Surah al-Baqarah: the believer, the disbeliever and the hypocrites.


He mentioned four verses concerning the believers, two verses concerning the disbelievers, and thirteen verses concerning the hypocrites due to their plentitude and the great harm and tribulation they bring to Islam and the Muslims. [3]


The harm they cause to Islam is truly severe for they claim to be Muslims, they claim to aid and support Islam, whereas in reality they are its enemies seeking to destroy it from within, covertly spreading their corruption and ignorance such that the unwary thinks that what they are upon is knowledge and right action.



By Allah! How many strongholds of Islam have they destroyed;

how many fortresses have they rendered to ruin; how many signposts of Islam have they effaced;

how many raised flags have they lowered;

and how many seeds of doubt have they attempted to sow in order to uproot the religion!


Islam and Muslims have always faced trial and tribulation from them, wave after wave of doubts do they assault at it, all the while thinking that they are doing right,

Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.

[Surah al- Baqarah, verse 12]


They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.

[Surah as-Saff, verse 8] [4]


having agreed to abandon the revelation and follow a course other than the one directed by it,

But the people divided their religion among them into sects – each faction, in what it has, rejoicing.

[Surah al Muminoon, verse 53]


inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion.

[Surah al Anam, verse 112]


and because of this,

people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”

[Surah al Furqan, verse 30]


[Source: Characteristics of the Hypocrites, page 15-18]



[1] Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper  [Surah an Nisa, verse 145]

[2] They hypocrites are apprehensive lest a surah be revealed about them, informing them of what is in their hearts. Say, “Mock [as you wish]; indeed, Allah will expose that which you fear.” [Surah at-Tawbah, verse 64]

[3] As stated by Mujahid amongst others. Refer to as-Suyuti, ad-Durr al-Manthur [1/56]

[4] as Sa’di, Taysir al Kareem ar Rahman said, “It is Allah who has undertaken the task of aiding His religion, perfecting the truth with which He sent His messengers, and manifesting its light in all the regions of the earth, even though the disbelievers hate it. Even though they strive to the utmost of their abilities to extinguish His light, defeat and failure is their fate. They are like a person who blows air with his mouth in the direction of the Sun in the hope that he can extinguish its fire: never will he be able to do so, rather he just imputes his own intellect with deficiency and doltishness.”


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