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Riyaa – Doing things for Show

Performing Salaah to show People

عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم من أحسن الصلاة حيث يراه الناس وأساءها حيث يخلو فتلك استهانة استهان بها ربه تبارك وتعالى  رواه عبد الرزاق في كتابه وأبو يعلى كلاهما من رواية إبراهيم بن مسلم الهجري عن أبي الأحوص عنه  ورواه من هذه الطرق ابن جرير الطبري مرفوعا أيضا وموقوفا على ابن مسعود وهو أشبه (الترغيب والترهيب 1/80)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who performs salaah properly in public (i.e. fulfilling all the postures correctly), and when performing salaah in seclusion he does not carry out the salaah correctly, then such a conduct shows that one has taken the salaah very lightly (and has not valued the salaah), and he has displayed an uncaring attitude when dealing with his Rabb.   

Jubbul Huzn – A Valley in Jahannum

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم تعوذوا بالله من جب الحزن  قالوا يا رسول الله وما جب الحزن قال واد في جهنم تتعوذ منه جهنم كل يوم مائة مرة قيل يا رسول الله ومن يدخله قال القراء المراؤون بأعمالهم  رواه الترمذي (الترغيب والترهيب 1/78)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to the Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum): “Seek Allah’s refuge from ‘jubbul huzn’”. Sahaabah asked, “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), what is ‘jubbul huzn?’” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “It is a valley in Jahannum which Jahannum itself seeks protection from it hundred times daily.” Sahaabah (Radhiallahu Anhum) then asked; “Which class of people will be made to enter this valley?” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Those Ulama and Huffaaz who do actions for show.”

Men of Deception

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يخرج في آخر الزمان رجال يختلون الدنيا بالدين يلبسون للناس جلود الضأن من اللين ألسنتهم أحلى من العسل وقلوبهم قلوب الذئاب يقول الله عز و جل أبي يغترون أم علي يجترئون فبي حلفت لأبعثن على أولئك منهم فتنة تدع الحليم حيران  رواه الترمذي من رواية يحيى بن عبيد سمعت أبي يقول سمعت أبا هريرة فذكره ورواه مختصرا من حديث ابن عمر وقال حديث حسن (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/78)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “At the end of time (close to Qiyaamah) such men will make an appearance who will seek the dunya through actions of the Aakhirah. They will wear woolen clothing for show in trying to express their piety and abstinence of the world before people. Their tongues (their speech) will be sweeter than honey (in their approach and in trying to sway people towards them), and their hearts will be like the hearts of wolves (in the love of the world and in harbouring evil towards the pious). Allah Ta’ala will say: “Are they being deceived (in thinking that they will not receive my punishment) on account of Me granting them respite, or are they being bold through opposing Me (and deceiving my servants with their external piety)? I take a qasm upon My Being, I will inflict upon them (such a punishment in the form of) trials, which will cause the wise and learned amongst them to become confused and bewildered. 

In whichever condition You Fight or are Killed, Allah Ta’ala will Resurrect you in that Condition

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنهما قال قلت يا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم أخبرني عن الجهاد والغزو فقال يا عبد الله بن عمرو إن قاتلت صابرا محتسبا بعثك الله صابرا محتسبا وإن قاتلت مرائيا مكاثرا بعثك الله مرائيا مكاثرا يا عبد الله بن عمرو على أي حال قاتلت أو قتلت بعثك الله على تلك الحال رواه أبو داود (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/74)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion I said to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), inform me regarding fighting in Jihaad. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “O Abdullah bin Amr, if you fight in the path of Allah Ta’ala while observing steadfastness and perseverance (against the enemy, remaining firm on the battlefield) and with the hope of earning reward from Allah Ta’ala (i.e. you fight with complete ikhlaas and for the upliftment of Deen and you pass away in that condition),  Allah Ta’ala will resurrect you (from your grave on the day of Qiyaamah) in the same manner  with perseverance and the desire of earning the rewards of the Aakhirah. If you fight in Jihaad with the intention of showing off (your bravery) and acquiring the wealth of the world (i.e. your intention is not for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and the upliftment of Deen, instead it is only for the sake of acquiring wealth and you pass away in that condition), Allah Ta’ala will resurrect you (from your grave on the day of Qiyaamah) in the same manner while possessing riyaa within your heart and craving for the wealth of the world. O Abdullah bin Amr, (understand well,) in whichever condition you fight or are killed, Allah Ta’ala will resurrect you in that condition.  

Show and Ostentation

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Riyaa - Doing things for Show

عن معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال ما من عبد يقوم في الدنيا مقام سمعة ورياء إلا سمع الله به على رؤوس الخلائق يوم القيامة رواه الطبراني بإسناد حسن  (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/77)

Hadhrat Muaadh bin Jabal (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever does any action in this world with the intention of show and ostentation, Allah Ta’ala will expose him and disgrace him before the creation on the day of Qiyaamah.”