Book Name:Riya kari

Evil consequence of showing off

It is stated on page 16 of a 165-page book namely ‘Riya Kari’ [Showing Off] published by the publishing department of Dawat-e-Islami, Maktaba-tul-Madinah. A man asked the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘What will bring us salvation on the Day of Judgement?’ He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied, ‘Do not be disloyal to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.’ He then asked, ‘How can a person be disloyal to    Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ?’ He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied, ‘In a way that you perform the deed which has been commanded by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Prophet (صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) but with the intention of pleasing someone other than Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Therefore, abstain from showing off, because it is associating partners with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. On the Day of Judgement, a show-off will be called by four names, ‘O sinner, O deceiver! O infidel! O loser! Your deed was ruined and your reward went to waste, today there is no share for you, O you who attempted to deceive! Now go and seek your reward from whoever you did the deed for.’

(Az-Zawajir ‘Aniqtiraf-il-Kabaair, vol. 1, pp. 85)


تُو بس رہنا سدا راضی، نہیں ہے تابِ ناراضی

تُو ناخوش جس سے ہو برباد ہے تیری قسم مولٰی


صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب       صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد


Dear Islamic brothers! We too should learn a lesson from the above mentioned narration that the one performing deeds in order to show off to people will be regretful and deeply ashamed on the Day of Judgement. Unfortunately, first of all, our Nafs and Satan do not let us do good deeds, and secondly if we do succeed in struggling to do good deeds then our Nafs and Satan try their best to prevent our worship from being accepted. They do this by either making us commit such a mistake in our worship that invalidates it, or the desire for name and fame settles in our heart after we perform a worship. Regardless of whether or not anyone talks about our good deeds, we ourselves (without any valid Shar’i reason) cannot stop advertising them by mentioning our good deeds and therefore we end up