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Riya – Showing Off In Acts Of Worship.

25 Nov

Praise be to Allaah.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
Showing off may affect worship in three
ways:
1 – When the basic motive for worship
is to be seen by others, such as one
who stands and prays so that people
will see him, and so that they will praise
him for his prayers. This invalidates the
act of worship.
2 – When it is a factor that develops
during the act of worship, i.e., if the
worshipper is initially sincere in his
intention towards Allaah, then the idea
of showing off develops whilst he is
doing it. In this case one of the
following two scenarios must apply:
(i) There is no connection between the
first part of his act of worship and the
last part, so the first part is valid in all
cases, and the last part is invalid.
For example: a man has one hundred
riyals that he wants to give in charity, so
he gives fifty of them in a sincere act of
charity. Then the idea of showing off
develops with regard to the remaining
fifty. So the first was a sound and
accepted act of charity, but the last fifty
was an invalid act of charity because the
sincerity was mixed with a desire to
show off.
(ii) The first part of the act of worship is
connected to the last part, in which case
one of the following two scenarios must
apply:
(a) He wards off the idea of showing off
and does not give in to it, rather he
turns away from it and hates it. This
does not have any effect on him,
because the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Allaah has forgiven my ummah for
what crosses their minds, so long as
they do not act upon it or speak of it.”
(b) When he gives in to this idea of
showing off and does not ward it off. In
this case the entire act of worship
becomes invalid, because the first part
is connected to the last part. For
example, he starts the prayer with a
sincere intention towards Allaah, then
the idea of showing off develops in the
second rak’ah, so the entire prayer
becomes invalid because the first part is
connected to the last part.
3 – The idea of showing off develop
after the act of worship has ended. This
does not affect it or invalidate it,
because it has been completed soundly,
so if showing off occurs after that it
does not affect it.
It is not showing off if a person feels
happy that the people come to know
about his worship, because this
developed after he has finished the act
of worship.
It is not showing off if a person feels
happy because he has done an act of
worship, because that is a sign of his
faith. The Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever
feels happy because of his good deeds
and sad because of his bad deeds, that
is the believer.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) was asked about
that and said: “That is the first glad
tidings of the believer.”
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn
‘Uthaymeen, 2/29, 30.
SOURCE
So if you are the type that read “qul
huwallaahu ahad…” After faatiha in
your house, do not read baqarah when
people are seeing you, the same
baqarah you read with mistakes, but
just to show off you read it anyway….
If you must read it, do it for Allaah, a
martyr who died at war front against
kaafirs will not enter jannah if he did it
just to show off how strong he is…
Riya(showing off) is shirk, although its a
minor shirk, Allaah musta’aan…
And Allaah knows best.

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