Author: Harun Yahya
Publisher: A. S. Noordeen (2005, 1425 AH)
Pages: 96 Binding: Paperback
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From the Introduction:
Hypocrites are a kind of people to whole Allah calls attention in many verses of the Quran, and against whom He repeatedly warns believers to be cautious. For this reason, a believer, who takes the Quran as his guide, needs to be vigilant against hypocrites, and be knowledgeable of all their characteristics, for every community of believers, which live by the morality of the Quran, will certainly encounter hypocrites.
It would be very wrong to say that such people existed only in the time of our Prophet (saas), in Macca and Medina--for in every period--as today, such characters are present right before us, under modern guises.
In our present societies too, there are communities of hypocrites who assume they can conceal themselves by taking on the attributes of a believer. Deceptively, they ally with those who are unclear or insincere in their understanding of religion, as they are themselves, for the purpose of concealing the truth, changing it for falsehood, forming new sects, and bringing harm to the believers, both materially and spiritually.
The Quran addresses to every nation and all ages. In compliance with the following verse, "...He will show you His Signs and you will recognize them." (Surat an-Naml, 93), one who considers every matter in light of the Quran, will recognize that the verses pertaining to hypocrites in the Quran, are accurate, and that, in our time also, such people proving the miracle of the Quran, behave as they are described in the Quran. In that regard, believers expect that it would be an important form of worship in Allah's sight to expose the evil intentions of the hypocrites, to reveal their tru intentions, and to struggle ideologically, as prescribed by the Quran, to counter the war they wage against Allah and His religion.
Being acquainted with the attributes of hypocrites is important for another reason; believers are responsible for educating themselves on these attributes. Being aware that inappropriate behavior is a quality of hypocrites or disbelievers. However, in a moment of inattention, a believer might also act arrogantly. However, when he realizes that what he does is an attribute of a hypocrite or disbeliever, he immediately repents. For this reason, when reading the verses in reference to hypocrites, believers should also reassess themselves and derive the necessary lessons.
In this book, we will examine the character of hypocrites in the light of the verses of the Quran, and the attitudes that believers should avoid.