The Signs of a Hypocrite in Islam: Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (RA) says that Prophet Muhammad pbuh said: “Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: the one who 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.” (Muslim and Bukhari)
Nafaq (ن-ف-ق) Arabic word means two faces, two ends. Technically, a hypocrite is also someone trying to protect himself. The word munafiq (hypocrite) is obtained from a lizard having two exit holes. If there is trouble on one end, he runs to the other and vice versa. So one who does such act are called Munafiq (hypocrite). Allah states in the quran. Hypocrisy is a most feared and terrible disease of the heart. In the second chapter baqra Allah has described the complete detail of hypocrite person. He thought they deceive Allah but in reality they deceive none but only to themselves.
The disbelievers deny their disblief openly, the hypocrites are hidden enemies from within, are like a snake in the grass these people are more dangerous and harmful. They claim to be a Muslim but they are enemy of Islam because they betray and swindle. They are not trustworthy people. They keep on changing their values, morals, belief as per their ego or inner self demands. Hypocrisy happens when you are trying to save yourself from someone other than Allah. You are trying to gain rewards from somewhere other than Allah’s rewards. Hypocrisy basically means to gain the worldly benefit at the cost of losing one’s own conscience and soul.
“Hypocrite shall be punished twice” once in this world, and the second is the punishment in the grave and eternal fire. Interpretation of the quranic verse..
“We shall punish them twice, and thereafter they shall be brought back to a great (horrible) torment” [al-Tawbah 9:101]
Hypocrites will suffer dreadfully in this world : There is a spiritual punishment for hypocrites in this world. They live in a constant state of fear and trouble. They themselves are well aware of their two-faced behavior toward believers. For that reason their consciences are permanently troubled. That unease continues throughout their lives nevertheless knowing the truth.
“Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire; no helper will you find for them”. (An-Nisa 4:145)
Hypocrisy is a big deal in the Quran, it is one of the things that can destroy guidance. So Allah has told us a lot about hypocrisy so if one notice a similar trait in oneself, so we must make changes in our characteristic through positive faith and truthfulness.
“Umar bin Al Khattab(RA) feared that he belonged to the list of Munafiqin.When he heard that Our Prophet(Pbuh) has disclosed names of the (munafiqin) hypocrite to Hudhayfah Ibn al-Yamman,he rushed to him in anguish and asked “Am i in the list”? Hudhayfah did not reply.Umar (RA) asked again and yet again Hudhayfah did not respond.The third time Umar ( RA) asked,Hudhayfah replied”No, your name is not on the list of the Munafiqin and i will not release other names”On hearing his response,Umar(RA) was relieved.He had such immense fear do we? We have not even acknowledged the straight path and yet we dream about going to Jannat-ul-Firdaus” !
Let’s evaluate ourselves. Judge ourselves before we are Judged.. May Allah safeguard our Imaan, and take our souls only when He is pleased with us.