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15 July 2019 CE | 13 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

What Percent Muslim are You

Narrated Abdullah bin Amr that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up. 1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays. 2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous. 4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner." [Sahih Bukhari]

Whoever has all four of these characteristics is a pure hypocrite. Whoever has one of these characteristics has one characteristic of hypocrisy, until he gives it up. These traits define how a hypocrite deals with other humans, with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

The most significant covenant that each of us is bound by is the oath we took on Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) when He asked, “alasta bi rabbikum? (Am I not your Lord?)” All our souls at that time gave witness that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) was our Creator and Lord. We unconditionally bore witness that He was the One worthy of worship and obedience.

When we come into our earthly existence this covenant (ahd-e-alast) is in our sub-conscience and it gives us the ability to recognize the uncorrupted religion that is from Allah. If we now start obeying international, national, or domestic, rules and orders that violate Allah’s orders what should we be called? We vowed to take only Allah as the lawgiver, and to fear no one more than Allah. Considering who we obey, what then should we call ourselves, Muslim or hypocrite?

Consider these four characteristics and rate yourself. Are you 0% hypocrite, 100% Muslim or are you (Allah Forbid!) 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% hypocrite?

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