Posted by: alqamardesigns | October 1, 2010

Riyaa (The Hidden Shirk)

Its meaning:

It is derived from ar-ru’yah (seeing/looking/observing). It’s foundation is doing actions of goodness and piety so that people see them or hear of them, in order to win their praise and admiration, to gain position and status amongst them and to obtain the goals and objectives of this world.

Its ruling:

It is haraam due to the clear texts of the Book and the Sunnah and the chapter regarding the order for ikhlaas and the warning against riyaa’ and shirk has already preceded.

Abu ‘Ali, a man from Banu Kaalil, said, “Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari addressed us and said, “O people! Fear this shirk as it is more hidden than a crawling ant.” ‘Abdullah ibn Hazm and Qays bin al-Madaarib both stood and said, “By Allah! You should clarify what you have said, otherwise we shall bring ‘Umar with authority on our behalf or without it”. He then said, “Rather I will explain to you what I said.Allaah’s Messenger (saw) addressed us one day and said, “O People! Fear this shirk as it is more hidden than a crawling ant.” Then someone whom Allaah had willed to speak said: “And how shall we save ourselves from it when it is more hidden than a crawling ant, O Messenger of Allaah?”.

He (saw) said, “Say “Allahumma inna na’oodhu bika min an nushrika bika shay’an na’alamuhu wa nastaghfiruka limaa laa na’alamuh [O Allah! We seek refuge in You from associating partners with you while we are aware of it and we seek forgiveness from You for that which we are unaware of]”.

Sayings from the Salaf on Ikhlaas

  1. It is reported about Bishr al-Haafi that he said, “That I seek the world with a wind instrument (i.e. something forbidden) is more loved by me than that I seek it with the deen”.
  2. It is reported from Ibraheem an-Nakha’ee that he said, “When Shaytaan comes to you whilst you are engaged in prayer and says “You are showing off”, increase it in length”.
  3. One of the Salaf said, “Direct me to an action by which I will never cease to be performing for Allah the Exalted. It was said to him: “(Always) intend good because you will never cease to be performing even if you do not do any actions. The intention performs even in the absence of any actions. Whoever intended to pray at night, and then slept, the reward for what he intended will be written for him.”
  4. One of them said: “I love that I have an intention for every single thing – even my food, drink and sleep!”
  5. It was said to Sahl: “What is the hardest thing for the soul (to achieve)?” He said, “Sincerity, when there is no other desire in it”.
  6. It is reported from Y’aqoob al-Makfoof that he said, “The sincere person is the one who hides his good deeds just like he hides his evil deeds”.
  7. One of them wrote to his brother, “Make your intention sincere in all of your actions and little action will suffice you”.
  8. It is reported from Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaani that he said, “Purifying the intention is harder than all other actions for those who act”.
  9. It is reported from Yahyaa bin Mu’aadh that he said: “Ikhlaas separates (good) actions from faults like the separation of milk from dung and blood”.
  10. It is reported from as-Soosi that he said, “What Allaah desires from the actions of His Creation is ikhlaas and nothing else.”


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