I've been wanting to post this, but I can't seem to find good words or examples without pointing to others. So, like I said in my earlier post, if you don't have good things to say (or write..), shut ya yap. If I can't point to others neutrally, I shouldn't point at all. By pointing others, we're pointing to ourselves as well.
I think this is a good reminder for all, especially in this holy month of Ramadhan. May we reflect ourselves, i'Allah, and do our things, our ibadah for Him, and ONLY Him i'Allah, without the slightest intention of doing the ibadah to get acknowledgement, compliments, etc from others.
We live to serve Him alone, and our ibadah, our lives should only be for Him, i'Allah:
Definitions of hypocrite on the Web:
- a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
- Hypocrisy is the act of persistently pretending to hold beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually hold. Hypocrisy is thus a kind of lie.
- hypocritical - deceptive, just pretending to be good, as in: It is hypocritical to say tell your children to behave a certain way and then do the exact opposite yourself.
Teach ourselves (okie..now I'm confused when to use ourselves n ourself..huhu) to do things for Allah, without expecting our fellow human beings complimenting us, have certain views about us. Let people misjudge if they want (when we do good things of course..), for their judgement won't help us when we face Allah. Don't let ourselves sink even deeper, trying as hard as we can to please others, or to impress others, ESPECIALLY in religious matters. Truly, there's no benefit in impressing people while we should do our best impressing Allah :).
By saying this, we shouldn't do our best ignoring other people either. As we should preserve the relationship amongst us, His servants, and our relationship between us and Allah. And let not the thoughts of people judging us hypocrite making us stop doing good things, or stop trying our best to be a better person. Other person's opinion won't matter in the Day of Judgement, as long we remember the 1st hadith of Imam Nawawi's compilation of 40 Hadiths, "..Actions are judged by intentions..". May we reflect all our deeds. May we reflect if we're really doing our best for Allah.
Hope my points are delivered.
Jz sharing my 2cents
Cheers :D :D
(somehow this post sounds like a direct translation from Malay to English..hahaha)