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I've been noticing a couple of things that I need to get off my chest... 

something that really bothers me is when I see people portraying Islam outwardly but their inner character is lacking and deficient. All these people do is focus on outward hijab (for both men and woman) rather than inward hijab. These people fail to work on themselves to grow as better individuals and think Islam to just be what people see. 

These people are also the ones who prefer to preach others about not committing haram acts and then do the same acts themselves. If that isn't hypocrisy, I don't know what is. Of course, people slip up, and that's normal, but people who are almost hiding behind a facade of "piety" and dishonesty in portrayal should be ashamed of themselves and those are the people I'm referring to. 

So what is your definition of hypocrisy? 

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I think the same way, sis. Although I tend to look at more deeply, for it is human nature to be a hypocrite. I guess that's why Muhammad (saws) said "Die before you die" as in let the hypocrisy in you die before you die as a person.

I think a lot of people forget, especially reverts (myself included) that we make mistakes and are human beings in the end. It is funny how some cloak themselves in a false sense of invincibility and act pious for show. I guess there must be some issues with self-doubt and vulnerability going on.

I believe that is what Muhammad (saws) referred to this as the hidden shirk; Such people are not worshipping Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى but other peoples and for acceptance and favor. Ties in with the self-doubt and vulnerability part nicely. No wonder Muhammad (saws) called it shirk. That's a grave condemnation for such people, for shirk is the sin that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى does not forgive. Putting faith in people instead of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى 

I think I now understand what hidden shirk really is...

Edited by Gaius I. Caesar

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There was a case of an Imam in Cardiff who use to abuse girls while teaching them Quran.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cardiff-imam-jailed-13-years-abusing-girls-mosque-koran-lessons-mohammed-haji-saddique-a7829226.html%3Famp

I cringe when someone is religious from the outside but has a lewd character.

This is the worst form of hypocrisy. 

 

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16 minutes ago, ali_fatheroforphans said:

There was a case of an Imam in Cardiff who use to abuse girls while teaching them Quran.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cardiff-imam-jailed-13-years-abusing-girls-mosque-koran-lessons-mohammed-haji-saddique-a7829226.html%3Famp

I cringe when someone is religious from the outside but has a lewd character.

This is the worst form of hypocrisy. 

 

"Uncle" Saddique is a monster, 13 years is a slap on the wrist.

On second thought, I doubt he will last three years in jail.  He is 81 years old after all.

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Don’t look at the “Religiosity” of a person. As a matter of fact, don’t even look at any one as an example to follow. If you are going to follow(do it with extreme Caution-be ready to be disappointed(if that happens or not is not  the issue)). I don't care if there are the custodian of the Mosque or Hussainia/Imambargah or anyone else.

Our concern is learning Islam, not looking up to the person/face we  see there. Because if we were to focus on the face, we may get disappointed and may lose faith. Look at this face Islam, if he/she who is so Outwardly Religious and punctual in its Obligatory acts or Outward and Obligatory Worship, slips or worse does something that can bring shame. THis has the potential to create doubts in the hearts of the followers about Islam. Look if this person is the real face of Islam, is there anything wrong with Islam.

No there is nothing wrong with Islam, it has an infallible face that represents it. We are looking at the wrong face, and getting disappointed and having doubts. Mosque is a place to learn about Islam and be introduced to an Islamic environment( the best the falliables can create). Look beyond, the faces you see, learn what you can. This face, may or may not represent the True Teaching of Islam to you( verify what you hear /see)..

I do not usually, conclude or provide a lot of color around a lot of thing, as I may be an Hypocrite, in terms of just understanding some of Islam. I am not “Religious” or have “Religiosity” as you usually understand it to be. I do not like to use the word “Imam” for the person leading the prayers or let say the custodian of the Mosque. Because this words has been diluted. This person can do anything, nothing will happen to my understanding of Islam, as he/she may not have understood it himself. Just reading few books or attending a institution or be a very punctual in obligatory acts and involved in a lot of Activities does not mean he/she is the Real Face of Islam.  I keep Islam and fallible people separate.

For many reason we are asked to not take any ones word as a Hujjah( Command) in matters of Faith except in Jurisprudence (Fiqh issues- i.e Obligatory acts and more) , So, from this I extend it to having faith in them as the best face to represent Islam in this period., ( only an infallible face can Truly represent Islam). Everyone else is fallible and trying its best, but their faults can cause doubt in my faith. I keep the  Institution and  the fallible face representing that institution separate. Even at a Mosque, I tend to stay close to the voluntary army versus the conscripts. For that matter if have greater respect for the people who in the work terminology 9-5 punch clock people. I did what was required.( bare minimum, if I don't do it i have consequences to face, so their desire may  not be out of true passion)

I am not a learned or knowledge person, so could be wrong in my assessment, as I am not sure what a true Muslim is, its very hard to Judge others,as most of what we do is based on our intentions. I may be only be a Mohib(an admirer).

I take whatever I can from others but their action will never ever create any doubts in my mind.

I Look towards Karbala. Look to Najaf. Rest is the best they ( people ) can do. Infallibles are our only role models. In some rare cases we do get very positive energy from some, like Sayyid Khomeini.( after I have seen their accomplishments/end). Anyone living, I have respect for and learn from, but if they turn away from Islam, it will not affect me. As i do not get passionately involved in fallible  personalities. I take what I can and keep my guard up.

At the same time, we can’t use anything as an excuse to avoid our responsibilities or involvement in any activities or institution. Or say I am not sure because of what I see.  We have everything we need from Karbala. Principles/Rolemodels/Tafsir …..

***** Layman*****

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