Qn 4, Distinguishing characteristics of hypocrites?

Qn no 4=what are the distinguishing characteristics of hypocrites (munafiqeen)?

Hypocrites…. (Munafiqeen…) [Choose any one of the following.]

1……………..do not believe in akhrat therefore are not good practical example of Muslims.

2……………..do not believe in Allah therefore do not offer prayers (namaz).

3……………..give zakat, and feel sad on parting with money, thinking they have lost money for nothing.

4……………..say verbally that they believe (have iman) in 1) Allah All-Mighty. 2) Divine books. 3) Angels. 4) All the Messengers of Allah. 5) The Hereafter (the life after death). 6) Muhammad PBUH is the last prophet. But do not practice the teachings of Muhammad PBUH whole heartedly because intention (niyyat) is worldly gains, effort is not for Allah Only.

5……………..are easy going, people therefore do not want to exercise hardships of Islam, offering prayers, going for hajj and umra and doing jihad.

6……………..stay at the edge of the teachings of Muhammad PBUH. Practice some parts so that they can tell Muslims that they are from them. Whereas do not practice others because they don’t want to be called ‘fanatics’ or ‘fundamentalists’ or ‘mullah’ or ‘mullani’ as these names are always given by non-Muslims to practicing Muslims.

7……………..like the practices [making jokes about Muslims or Islam or eating, drinking haram things or accepting ‘sood’ or doing other haram things] of non believers so want to keep practicing them when alone or with like minded friends.

8……………..do all of the above.

9……………..do some of the above.

10…………….do none of the above.

Although all the options may be correct because a hypocrite (munafiq), does all these things but the most appropriate option is Option no 4. Therefore,

Answer no 4: is Option 4.…say verbally that they believe (have iman) in 1) Allah All-Mighty. 2) Divine books. 3) Angels. 4) All the Messengers of Allah. 5) The Hereafter (the life after death). 6) Muhammad PBUH is the last prophet. But do not practice the teachings of Muhammad PBUH whole heartedly because intention (niyyat) is worldly gains, effort is not for Allah Only.

A person becomes Muslim when he/ she verbally and mentally admits that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad PBUH is Allah’s messenger. Even if the person is not observing or practicing one or many pillars of Islam, he/ she remains a Muslim and no Muslim has a right to call his fellow Muslim a non Muslim. The criteria given by Allah All-Mighty for a good Muslim is for the Muslim him/ herself to judge his/ her own actions and practices and not to judge other fellow Muslims. The criteria of a good Muslim is given to check one’s own behavior and practices.

Thanks for being with me. May Allah bless you. Ameen, thume ameen. 

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