Previous: سورة البقرة (The Cow): Verse 8-16
I’ve come across endless statuses on social media speaking ill about hypocritical behaviour of others. True that hypocrisy is the worst of traits to deal with and despite us acting the same way, we can’t stand it when others show the signs. Hence, we are quick to point our fingers and brand each other hypocrites …
But see how we sometimes present ourselves while acting completely opposite in our private lives and Allaah knowing every single petty thing, yet is limitlessly considerate of us by explaining through examples even after mentioning all the symptoms and devoting so many verses to help us diagnose our states. Allaah does not take names (even though He knows every detail of the heart) but He gives examples so it’s easier for us to relate.
Ibn Umar reported Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying: “The similitude of a hypocrite is that of a sheep which roams aimlessly between two flocks. She goes to one at one time and to the other at another time.” [Muslim]
I believe human mind has a beautiful propensity to imagine a stated scenario and recall it well once repeated. So is there any chance for us to stay deluded? After all these clear examples…
We definitely need to look within instead of looking for the signs outside and work on ourselves first whole heartedly before it’s too late for a journey back to Allaah.
So jot down the points and jot them in your heart by memorizing or writing somewhere, anywhere … so these words hover over your soul every time you suspect yourself being the one in those examples. Picture these verses again and again and feel the state we are drowning in. It’s horrific, tragic and heartbreaking…
May Allaah help us straighten our affairs right!
NEXT: Lesson #6 (verse 21-25)