Explanation of Allah’s Saying: “Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire”
Q: Allah (Exalted be He) says in His Noble Book (what means): “Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire”. What is meant by hypocrisy and hypocrites in this Ayah (Qur’anic verse)? Please clarify their meaning.
Answer by Imam Ibn Baz (rahimahullaah):
The hypocrites are those who make a false pretense of Islam, when they are professing otherwise. They claim to be Muslims, although deep down they disbelieve in Allah and belie the Messenger (peace be upon him). These are the hypocrites who are so called because they show Islam, while hiding Kufr (disbelief).
Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
“And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: “We believe in Allâh and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not. They (think to) deceive Allâh and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) (namely doubt and suspicion) and Allâh has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies.”
This theme is continued in the Ayahs following them in Surah AlBaqarah.
These are the hypocrites who disbelieve in Allah and belie His Messengers (peace be upon them). Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
“Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allâh, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for AsSalât (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allâh but little. (They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these nor to those.“
This means that they vacillate between the Kafirs (disbelievers) and the Muslims; at times they support the Kafirs when they prevail and achieve victory and at other times they support the believers when they prevail and achieve victory. They are not steadfast; their Din (religion) is not constant, and their Iman (Faith) is not solid. They waver between the state of Kufr and the state of Iman, and between the Kafirs and the Muslims.
Allah (Exalted be He) has disclosed their Kufr in His Saying:
“And nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted from them except that they disbelieved in Allâh and in His Messenger (Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), and that they came not to AsSalât (the prayer) except in a lazy state, and that they offer not contributions but unwillingly. So let not their wealth nor their children amaze you (O Muhammadsallallaahu alaihi wasallam); in reality Allâh’s Plan is to punish them with these things in the life of this world, and that their souls shall depart (die) while they are disbelievers.“
These are the hypocrites. We ask Allah to grant us safety and protection.
( Part No : 5, Page No: 50)
Source: English Translations of Collection of “Majmoo al Fatawa of Ibn Baz”, Volume 5. By: Sheikh `Abdul `Aziz Bin `Abdullah ibn `AbdulRahman ibn Bazz (May Allah forgive and reward al-Firdouse to him and his parents). He was The Mufti of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, and Chairman of Department of Scholarly Research and Ifta’.
This English Translation is collected from alifta.net, Portal of the general Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta’
- Hypocrisy – https://abdurrahman.org/category/islam/hypocrisy-nifaaq/
- Hypocrisy in Belief (Nifaaq I’tiqaadee) and Hypocrisy in Action (Nifaaq ‘Amaliy) – Sharh as-Sunnah | Dawud Burbank