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The worst of hypocrites is he who enjoins acts of obedience, but does not perform them himself, and forbids wrongdoing but does not refrain from them himself.

Certainly the most dreadful thing I fear for you is the lesser polytheism. They asked, And what is the lesser polytheism, O Messenger of Allah? He (s) replied, It is showing off (riya).



In it (i.e. the Qur'an) there is the cure for the greatest sickness, which is disbelief, hypocrisy, error, and going astray.

Beware of showing off, for whoever performs good deeds for anyone other than Allah, Allah relegates him to the one he acted for.

Beware of showing off, for whoever performs good deeds for anyone other than Allah, Allah relegates him to the one he acted for.

Beware of hypocricy for a person with two feces/ sides will not be hounorable with God. Will not be worthy of any ragard in the sight of God.




Seek its assistance [i.e. the Qur’an’s] in your distress, for verily it contains the cure for the deadliest diseases, namely disbelief and hypocrisy, revolt and misguidance.


Betrayal is the fountainhead of hypocrisy.

The world is the abode of the hypocrites and it is not the abode of the pious ones, so take from the world enough to keep your body strong, to keep yourself alive and to gain provision for your Resurrection.

Invoking blessings on me and my household (Ahl al-Bayt) takes away hypocrisy.


Obscene language, foulness, and impudence are all from hypocrisy.

Three characteristics distinguish a show off: he is energetic and active whilst in the presence of people, but he is lazy when he is by himself, and he loves to be praised for everything.

Three characteristics distinguish a show off: he is energetic and active whilst in the presence of people, he is lazy when he is by himself, and he loves to be praised for everything.