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Offering Salah in seclusion and istighfar are signs that a person is free from hypocrisy

Question

Is this correct?

جاء رجل إلى حذيفة فقال يا أبا عبد الله إني أخشى أن أكون منافقا قال تصلي إذا خلوت وتستغفر إذا أذنبت قال نعم قال اذهب فما جعلك الله منافقا

 

Answer

Imam Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. The narration is suitable to quote.

(Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 61 pg. 251. Also see: Al Mujalasah Wa Jawahirul ‘Ilm, Hadith: 2356 and Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8891)

 

Translation

A man once came to Sayyiduna Hudhayfah and said, ‘I fear that I am a hypocrite.’ Sayyiduna Hudhayfah asked, ‘Do you offer Salah in seclusion and do you seek forgiveness when you sin?’ When the man replied in the affirmative, Sayyiduna Hudhayfah said, ‘Go, for Allah has not made you a hypocrite.’

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar