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Hypocrisy - Refuted By Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism Alike Is Ruling the World

By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

11 September 2021

Twenty-First Century Politicians Have Turned Their Backs to the Religious Teachings of the Religions They Follow and Have Become Hypocrites

Main Points:

1.    The twenty-first-century political world has turned hypocrite.

2.    Politicians have either maimed all the political and social institutions that run a democratic country or have frightened them to submission.

3.    Politics and hypocrisy in political parlance are made for each other’.

4.    Political hypocrisy, ISIS, the Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban and the White Supremacist ideological hypocrites will taste defeat against the power of divine humanity.

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The twenty-first-century political world has turned hypocrite. The good news is that only a minimal number of politicians have turned hypocrites, but the bad news is that they have either maimed all the political and social institutions that run a democratic country or have frightened them to submission.

Hypocritical Behaviour of the Political World

The twenty-first century was expected to prove a milestone in the overall development of a humane approach towards the benevolent society but it misunderstood the meaning of development. The willingness of acquiring as many luxuries for self as possibly started a mad race of materialistic supremacism. The quest for unnatural accumulation of wealth brought negativities like lies, cheating and jealousy in human life. These negativities got prominence in politics. The political leaders around the world found an ally in these lies, cheating and false promises and marketed them for their cause of political power. The hypocritical disguise of the politicians made them promise the moon to the masses. Such out of the world promises are the outcome of perverse minds.

Politics and hypocrisy in political parlance are ‘made for each other’. There is hypocrisy in the religious world too, and it is not a new normal as is the case with politics. World politics has come to such a pass that it has seemingly become impossible for a politician to be on the side of the truth that has turned so ugly that it is has lost its power of people’s attention. People have trust in politicians, ‘who do nothing but showcase their utmost concern of doing everything they could for the welfare of society.

In the race of worldly power, the politicians of the twenty-first century have turned their backs to the religious teachings of the religions they follow and have become hypocrites. All the concerned political and religious leaders are highly educated, in the sense that they understand what they are doing. They know, the world is a temporary abode. They know lying, breaking of trust and dishonesty are the vices that are, one day, bound to fall and be a reason for humiliation in the world and harsh punishment hereafter. The lust of their supremacism has blinded them to the fact that only God is supreme and that He provides with sustenance to whom He wills, as the Holy Quran says, ‘..."Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit." - (Ali 'Imran: 37)’.

Characteristics of a Hypocrite According to Prophet Muhammad Pbuh

Prophet Muhammad Pbuh faced hypocrites wherever he went. The religious hypocrites abused the humility and compassion of the Prophet (SAW). They lied, violated their promises acted treacherously and deviated from the truth. Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s grace never allowed him to act against them. According to a tradition, Prophet Muhammad Pbuh described the characteristics of a hypocrite as follows:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "The signs of a Munafiq are three:

Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise).

If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)" Another narration adds the words: "Even if he observes Saum (fasts), performs Salat (prayer) and claims to be a Muslim." - (Sahih al-Bukhari)

The twenty-first century is witnessing what the Holy Prophet Muhammad Pbuh once said about a hypocrite. Signs of a hypocrite as described by the Apostle of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW):

“There are four (characteristics), whoever has all of them is a complete hypocrite, and whoever has some of them has some element of hypocrisy, unless he gives it up: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a treaty, he betrays it; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; when he quarrels, he resorts to insults.”(Narrated by Muslim, 53)

The characteristics that are described in the above mentioned Prophetic tradition are the characteristics of these twenty-first-century politicians, spread all over the world. They are lying to the people, they are betraying and breaking promises (not fulfilling the promises of their manifestoes) and finally, when one protests against their misdoings they arrest them and force them to submission. For such people, Allah, the Most Exalted says in the Holy Quran: ‘...Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse. (At-Tawbah 9:67)’.

They know what they are promising cannot be fulfilled. Not only the political hypocrisy but the terrorist organisations, the ISIS, the Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and all the factions of the Taliban along with White Supremacist ideological hypocrites will taste defeat against the power of divine humanity as Allah the Most Gracious says in the Holy Quran:

.... "Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us." And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see ... - (At-Tawbah: 40)

Following Prophetic tradition asks the believers not to be disheartened as Allah, the Most Gracious always comes true to the expectations of His people.

The Prophet (SAW) said in a Qudsi Hadeeth: “Allah, the Exalted, Says, ‘I am as my slave expects me to be.’”

Quranic Verses that Denigrate Hypocrisy

“(They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these nor to those; - ([al-Nisa: 143)

“And when it is said to them: ‘Make not mischief on the earth,’ they say: ‘We are only peacemakers.’ Verily, they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not” - (al-Baqarah: 11-12)

“And when you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. May Allah curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path?” - (al-Munaafiqoon 63:4)

Bible Verses on Hypocrisy

 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? - Luke 6:46

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. - 1 John 4:20

 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but the inside is full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. - Matthew 23:27

They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” - Luke 20: 47

“Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD. - Jeremiah 23:11

...  ‘These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. - Mark 7:6

 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. - Galatians 6:3

Hindu Scriptures Demeaning Hypocrisy

O Parth, the qualities of those who possess a demoniac nature are hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, and ignorance. - BG 16.4

The austerity which is practised with the object of gaining good reception, honour and worship, and with hypocrisy, is here said to be Rajasic, unstable, and transitory. (BG 17: 18)

Holding fast to such views, these misdirected souls, with small intellect and cruel actions, arise as enemies of the world threatening its destruction. - (BG: 16-9)

The Help of Allah Is Near

People who have fallen prey to the hypocrisy of the politicians and have lost lives of their beloved ones and are now on the brink of collapse both socially and financially need to have patience and belief in Allah the Almighty Creator of the universe who never tests His people more than they could tolerate.  Allah says in the Holy Quran, ‘God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear: ... - (Al-Baqarah - 286). Therefore, there is all probability that sooner or later political scenario of the world will come to sense and the bewilderment of people will turn into peace and solidarity. It is said that nothing is permanent here, therefore, in the light of the above-mentioned verse, we should assume that the time is not far away when the ruling hypocrites will be defeated and peace and tranquillity and inclusiveness will again find their root among the people.

Allah the Creator of the universe is not far away from the suppressed and the poor as He says in the Holy Quran, ‘Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. (Al-Baqarah: 214)’. Allah will take cognizance and all kinds of physical, social, mental and financial brutalities of politics being perpetrated on the common man, all over the world will come to an end.

Allah answers the call of a destitute sooner than expected. Ibn Mas‘ood, RA, says:

“By Allah, a believer is not endowed with a better blessing than having good expectations of Allah. By Allah, no person expects good of Him except that He gives him what he expected; for all good lies in His Hand.” (Ibn Abi Ad-Dunya)

People all over the world are cheated more in the name of religion than anything else. Politicians of the twenty-first century also exploited this weakness of the people and divided their voters into religious lines. Islam is the second largest, financially poorest and widely divided on sectarian lines was targeted for the political gains. Thus, came into being socially the most dreaded ailment, the Islamophobia that ignited the fire of Islamophobic hypocrisy. As one lie does not long for a long time, the politicians derived various other lies for being on the hot seat of their countries.

The hypocritical balloon filled with lies and cheatings of various kinds has to deflate, sooner or later, under its burden. Till that time let the people of God have patience and pray for the social awakening and betterment of the society so that they do not come under the influence of lies about any religion. All religions are a way of a good and pious life full of inclusiveness and brotherhood.

Allah is All-Forgiving

Following two verses of the Holy Quran are for the hypocrites to be mindful of the punishment waiting for them on the Day of Judgement, unless they take to the righteous path and ask for His forgiveness.

“Surely, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell” [al-Nisa’ 4:140

“Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire” - (al-Nisa’ 4:145)

Some interesting Headlines from over the world newspapers that exhibit the new normal of hypocrisy ruling the world. The debunked promises have left the world in a lurk ahead of which there is nothing but darkness. May religions and religious preachers, Sufis, Saints and leaders of the world perform their duties and return humanity from the dead end.

Ameen summa Ameen Ya Rab ul Alameen

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And Allah Knows the Best.

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Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.

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