Hypocrisy and its manifestations

This post has been created to understand the verses of Surah Al-Baqarah that talk about hypocrites and evils that result from them. To get enlightened in a better way, it is important that readers go through this post first and form a clear picture of this group before proceeding with the verses.

Hypocrisy is of two types, namely:

  1. Hypocrisy in belief
  2. Hypocrisy in deeds and actions

Hypocrisy in belief:

There are six aspects of hypocrisy in belief:

  1. To belie the Messenger (Mohammad s.a.w).
  2. To belie some of all that was brought by the Messenger (Mohammad s.a.w). [eg; the Quran, Sunnah, legal laws  and principles of Islam, etc]
  3. To hate the Messenger (Mohammad s.a.w).
  4. To hate some of all that was brought by the Messenger (Mohammad s.a.w). [eg; Islamic Monotheism, etc]
  5. To feel happy at the disgrace or becoming low of the religion of Allah’s Messenger (Mohammad s.a.w).
  6. To dislike that the religion of Allah’s Messenger (Islamic Monotheism) becomes victorious.

A person having these six traits (of hypocrisy) will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire (Hell).

“Verily, the hyprocrites will be in the lowest depth of the Fire; no helper will you find for them.”  [V. 4:145]

Hypocrisy in deeds and actions:

There are five aspects of hypocrisy in deeds and actions, and their proof is from the statement of Allah’s Messenger (pbuh):-

The signs of a hypocrite are these:

  1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
  2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise).
  3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest (if you keep something as trust with him, he will not return it).
  4. And in another narration of the Prophet (pbuh):- whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and an insulting manner.
  5. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves himself treacherous.
Source: Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari
Hypocrites are also of two types:
  1. Full blown hypocrites: these exhibit hypocrisy by both belief and actions
  2. Partial hypocrites: these only show hypocrisy through deeds and actions

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