What Has Been Said About Ar-Riyaa`
Riyaa` is the performance of an act of worship with the intention of pleasing other than Allah the Exalted.
Deeds which contain elements of riyaa` are invalid, and a form of minor Shirk. Allah does not accept such deeds.
Riya makes us focus on earning appreciation from people rather than seeking Allah’s favor and acceptance.
It is a common human weakness to enjoy being praised and hearing good about oneself; hence, the danger of riyaa` ,
During prayer, the Muslim realises he is being watched, so he perfects his bowings and prostrations. Rather than aiming to please Allah, he aims to impress the people.
In a Qudsi narration, when people are awaiting the reward for their actions on the day of Resurrection, Allaah will say to those who mixed their deeds with Riyaa’:
“Go to the one for whom you were showing off to in the world and see if you will find any reward with him”
Go to the one who can neither give you paradise nor protect you from Hellfire? Certainly, humiliation awaits he who commits Riyaa’!
The good Muslims of before were careful in hiding their deeds and avoiding Riyaa’
It is reported that when Ibn Abî Laylâ prayed [at night], if someone entered his house, he would lie down on his bed as if he was sleeping.
[Hilyatu Al-Awliyâ` vol.4 p351]
In Al-Madînah, there were poor people who didn’t know where they were getting their food from. When ‘Alî b. Husayn passed away, they started missing what they used to be given at night.
[Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ’]
It should be your goal to give charity so secretly that no one even knows you gave out except Allah.
Why would a Muslim worship Allah at night, but then announce it on Twitter in the morning?
It is easy to know you who is fasting by checking status updates on BBM.
Why are you angry because your friend left for Makkah without telling you? Or didn’t send you pictures? Don’t you understand your friend is just trying safeguard his umrah from Riyaa’ and reaffirm his sincerety to Allah?
Allah (the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful), says:
“So whoever desires to meet his Lord, let him do righteous deeds and let him not associate any partners with his Lord in his worship”
On the day of resurrection, a martyr, who spilt his blood in battle and sacrificed his life, will stand before Allah and narrate how he fought fearlessly in jihad; this man will expect a reward from Allah
Similarly, a scholar, who on the surface looked like he was benefiting the Ummah with his knowledge, giving heart rousing lectures, leading Muslims in prayer and making them shed tears due to his beautiful recitation, will also expect a reward.
Finally a wealthy man will follow suit, standing before Allah he will claim he spent his wealth on his relatives, on the poor and in every way that pleases Allah.
Allah will reject their deeds.
Allah has scanned their hearts for sincerity and did not find that. Rather, He found that they did what they did to be praised, to be hailed, to be called the brave warrior! The scholar! The generous man! And indeed they were called by the titles they sought.
Consequently, all three will be dragged with their faces downward and will be casted into Hell.
This is what Riyaa’ does.
I pray Allah to make you and I sincere Muslims and protect us from falling into any form of Shirk.
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