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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Showing Off in Good Deeds

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The slightest bit of showing off in good works is as if worshipping others with Allah.” [Hakim]

If you work for a company then go to their competitor to get your salary do you think the competitor will pay you?

A man hires a servant but instead of doing work around his house he’s always running errands for the neighbours. Who should he expect will pay his wages?

When we do good deeds to make Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) happy, He will reward us with Jannah insha’Allah. But if we do those deeds in order for other people to praise us then why should we expect Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to compensate us for what was not done for Him?

Thus, he who shows off in doing good deeds is setting up partners with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) by seeking their appreciation rather than Allah’s.

When a Muslim does a good deed that he intends to conceal but Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) reveals it, then he should admit it and thank Him for it. That will not be showing off. For example, if asked if one is fasting, and one is, then one should say “Praise be to Allah (Alhamdu-lillah).”

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