Knowledgeable hypocrite speakers


It is narrated from Sayyidina Umar (Allah be pleased with him) that Prophet of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said,

‘The worst thing I fear for my Ummah are the hypocrites who are knowledgeable speakers.’

Allama Munawi (Allah have mercy on him) said, this is the person who is expert in knowledge and can easily speak at lengths but by his heart (qalb) and actions he is an ignorant with corrupt beliefs. However, with his cunning speech he can misguide the public.

Taharat al-Quloob, page 42-3

This is an eye opener for all of us.

[Hypocrisy: a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.]

We need to check ourselves first, whether we are in this category.

Also, it gives as the clear direction that we should not be misled by speeches alone. The most important thing to see is the action of the speaker.

Is it in conformity with the teachings of Quran and Sunna, as done by our pious predecessors?

If not then it must be clear that ostentatious traditional garb (beards, turban, jubba, tasbih, etc.) or verbose heartrending stories or superb vernacular or expertise in contemporary marketing techniques (like stylish and sleek power point presentations, projectors, top of the line sound system, online state of the art setup, etc.) will not be spiritually beneficial at all.

Moreover, there is a greater chance that the speaker’s hypocrisy will be transferred to us.

Allahuma hafizna!

A considerable research, companionship and sincere advice from pious knowledgeable individuals is required to ascertain the sincerity of a speaker to benefit from him spiritually.

wa tawfiqi ila billah!

3 thoughts on “Knowledgeable hypocrite speakers

  1. zahirkhan

    salam alikum please may i know the hadith which narrated from Sayyidina Umar (Allah be pleased with him) may i know the book from which book ? i mean muslim bukhari ?JazakAllah khair

    wa alaykum us salam
    I am not an ‘alim. This is from the book by Shaykh Wasiullah Allahabadi (Allah have mercy on him). I trust him completely.

    However, to my knowledge authentic hadith are not limited to Shaih Bukahari & Muslim only. There are many other works also. If you search online in arabic wording of this hadith you may find some references.
    muhtaj e dua

  2. zahirkhan

    no brother its not that i think u got me wrong i post and share this with someone and i visit to ur page daily and i read stuff on ur website also me trust fully on ur website thats why i visit always to ur website the prob is now when i shared this with my friends he askin me for the book so thats why i asked u bro :S and also im Allahamdullillah paka hanafi and deobandi

    Thanks for the clarification.

    It is the mistrust mentality that is rampant these days propagated by certain elements amongst us.
    Our akabir are very particular about not mentioning muadhu hadith and if they mention a dai’f hadith they mention it explicitly.

    Take care.

  3. Ibrahim

    Assalamu ‘alaykum,

    Here is some reference for the brother:

    ولأحمد عن يزيد وأبي سعيد عن ديلم بن غزوان ثنا ميمون الكردي حدثني أبو عثمان النهدي عن عمر أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : { إن أخوف ما أخاف على أمتي كل منافق عليم اللسان } حديث رواه الدارقطني وقال موقوف أشبه بالصواب وزاد أحمد في رواية ” يتكلم بالحكمة ويعمل بالجور ” .

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