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Riyaa – Doing things for Show

Having pride the extent of a Mustard Seed

This entry is part of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن القاسم بن مخيمرة أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال لا يقبل الله عملا فيه مثقال حبة من خردل من رياء رواه ابن جرير الطبري مرسلا (الترغيب والترهيب 1/87)

Hadhrat Qaasim bin Mukhaimirah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala does not accept any action wherein there was pride, even to the extent of a mustard seed."

The Most Independent from all Partners

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال قال الله عز و جل أنا أغنى الشركاء عن الشرك فمن عمل لي عملا أشرك فيه غيري فأنا منه بريء وهو للذي أشرك  رواه ابن ماجه واللفظ له وابن خزيمة في صحيحه والبيهقي ورواة ابن ماجه ثقات (الترغيب والترهيب 1/83)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said that Allah Ta’ala said: “I am the most independent from all partners. Whoever ascribes partners with Me in any action, then I will have nothing to do with this and the action will be regarded as done solely for the one who was joined as a partner with Allah Ta’ala.”

Doing Actions to please others besides Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

وعن أبي سعيد بن أبي فضالة وكان من الصحابة قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول إذا جمع الله الأولين والآخرين يوم القيامة ليوم لا ريب فيه نادى مناد من كان أشرك في عمله لله أحدا فليطلب ثوابه من عنده فإن الله أغنى الشركاء عن الشرك  رواه الترمذي في التفسير من جامعه وابن ماجه وابن حبان في صحيحه والبيهقي (الترغيب والترهيب 1/83)

Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed bin Abi Fadhaalah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “When Allah Ta’ala will gather the former and the latter people on the day of Qiyaamah, the day there is no doubt regarding its occurrence, a caller will announce, ‘Whosoever carried out any action (in the world) for the sake and pleasure of someone besides Allah Ta’ala, he should go to him and seek his reward from him, for certainly Allah Ta’ala is the most independent from all partners (that one ascribes in his actions) (i.e. when one ascribes partners with Allah Ta’ala in an action, then Allah Ta’ala does not accept the action at all, instead on the day of Qiyaamah Allah Ta’ala will hand over the person to all those people for whose sake he had done the action, and he will be told that there is no reward for you from Allah Ta’ala instead you should go and receive your reward from those people for whose sake you did the action).’” 

More Feared than Dajjaal

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن ربيح بن عبد الرحمن بن أبي سعيد الخدري عن أبيه عن جده قال خرج علينا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم ونحن نتذاكر المسيح الدجال فقال ألا أخبركم بما هو أخوف عليكم عندي من المسيح الدجال فقلنا بلى يا رسول الله فقال الشرك الخفي أن يقوم الرجل فيصلي فيزين صلاته لما يرى من نظر رجل رواه ابن ماجه والبيهقي ربيح بضم الراء وفتح الباء الموحدة بعدها ياء آخر الحروف وحاء مهملة (الترغيب والترهيب 1/81)

Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came to us while we were discussing Dajjaal. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Should I not inform you of what I fear more over you than Dajjaal?” The Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum) replied: “Definitely, do inform us, O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “The hidden shirk wherein a person performs salaah and beautifies his salaah and performs it properly, and he only does so because he sees that someone is watching him (i.e. he only beautifies his salaah to show off to the person how pious he is).” 

Ibaadaat done for Show

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن شداد بن أوس رضي الله عنه أنه سمع النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول من صام يرائي فقد أشرك ومن صلى يرائي فقد أشرك ومن تصدق يرائي فقد أشرك  رواه البيهقي من طريق عبد المجيد بن بهرام عن شهر بن حوشب (الترغيب والترهيب 1/80)

Hadhrat Shaddaad bin Aus (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say: “The one who fasts for show has ascribed partners with Allah Ta’ala (in the ibaadat of fasting). The one who performs salaah for show has ascribed partners with Allah Ta’ala (in the ibaadat of salaah). The one who gives wealth in charity for show has ascribed partners with Allah Ta’ala (in the ibaadat of charity).

Note: Though one will not come out of the fold of Islam through such sins, however due to carrying out this ibaadat without sincerity, the ibaadat will be rejected as it is not done only for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, but also to earn public praise.