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How to Cure Hypocrisy and Self-Admiration?

Source: Oddat al-Daee


The meaning of hypocrisy which is the same as hidden polytheism is that a man does what seems to be obedience to God but the aim is not to seek nearness to God but to create honor for him in the eyes of people in order to meet his demands. In this connection, the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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563. “Whoever performs prayer in order to see by men has become a polytheist.”
Then the Holy Prophet recited verse 110 of the Quranic Chapter, Kahf, as follows:

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“Say I am only a mortal like you, it is revealed to me that your god is one God, therefore whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds, and not join any one in the service of his Lord.”
It has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW) that God says:

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564. “I am the best partner and if anyone chooses a partner other than Me in his deed, I will not accept it and transfer it to My partner, for I will only accept those deeds which are devoted to Me.”
In another Hadith, we read:

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565. “I am the Most rich partner. Therefore whoever does a deed and takes a partner for Me in that deed I free Myself from obligation and transfer it to My partner.”

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566. “Everything rightful has a truth in it and no man will reach the truth of devotion unless he does not wish to be praise for what he has done for the sake of God.”
You should recite Dua in secret and always seek a private place, for retirement repels hypocrisy. Nevertheless, if you are among people, you have to preserve your devotion which can not be attained except by getting to know:
1- God and the fact that everything is in His hand.
2- People and the fact that nothing is in their hand.
3- Human dignity, honor and endeavor.
It is in this case that people will not be important to you. The Holy Prophet (SAW) refers to the same matter when he says:

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567. “O Abazar! No one will ever become a jurisprudent that too, a supreme one unless he will not fear people can change him.”
The rest of this Hadith indicates modesty, for the Holy Prophet further says:

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“Then he should look at himself and consider it as the most humble one.”
Similarly there is a Hadith by one of our companions:
568. “God inspired Moses (AS): whenever you come to Me supplicating, bring with you one from whom you are better. Moses (AS) did not dare to say he was better than others. Therefore he stopped finding such a person among human beings and began to search among animals till he came across a mangy dog. He said to himself: I will take it with me. He put a rope round its neck and pulled it behind him. On the way he untied the rope and set the dog free. When Moses (AS) reached the supplication site, God said to him: O Moses! Where is man We had ordered you to bring? Moses (AS) said: O God! I could not find it. God said: By My glory, even if you had brought one person, I would have erased your name from the book of prophets.”

The consequences of Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy may occur in the following cases:
1- when a person does something mainly to be seen by men and there is no Godly motivation I his deed. This kind of hypocrisy must be abandoned, for it is a sin and is not considered as obedience to God. About this, the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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569. “Hypocrisy is a hidden polytheism.”
2- When a person intends to recite Dua for God but hypocrisy afflicts him in the beginning of it, he should not abandon Dua, for his self on the other.
3- When a person has devotion in his heart but in the middle of the way hypocrisy afflicts him, here he should keep on repelling it and should not abandon Dua.
Hence once who recites Dua in secret is among those who are unknown among people but known in heavens as described by the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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570. “The most believed servants of God are the most pious ones who worship God in secret, those who, if their names are mentioned, no one knows them.”
How do you know? Perhaps among people there is a person who wishes to act as you, that is obstruct the way to Satan and worship God openly as the Infallibles (AS) have said:

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571. “A wise man is one who neither does anything good out of hypocrisy nor abandons it due to modesty.”
Can you possibly worship God without being recognized? God Himself has said:

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“It is incumbent on you to hide your deed and Dua but I have to make it manifest.”
You should further preserve yourself from the love of revealing your devotion and not care about whether you are praised or blamed by people. In this relation the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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“No man ever attains true devotion unless he does not love to be praised for a deed done for God.”
The exegitists of the Holy Quran have reported on the authority of Saeed Ibne Jabir: A man came to the Holy Prophet (SAW) and said: I give alms in the way of Allah, observe love of kindship and I do it only to please God. Nevertheless when I am praised by people I will become happy and feel pleased with myself. Hearing this, the Holy Prophet (SAW) kept silent and said nothing till verse 110 of the Quranic Chapter, the Cave was revealed to him:

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“Say: I am only a mortal like you; it is revealed to me that your god is one God, therefore whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds, and not join any one in the service of his Lord.”
It means that being pleased that people know one’s good deeds is both praiseworthy and blameworthy; praiseworthy when:
1- A person’s aim is to hide his devotion but when people know about his deeds and devotion he understands that it is God who has made them known so as people to honor His servant and to do him a favor, for it is one of God’s attributes as mentioned in the following Hadith:

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“O You who reveal what is beautiful and conceal what is ugly.”
God has also said:

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572. “It is incumbent on you to hide your good deed but incumbent on Me to make it manifest.”
Here he concludes how fairly God has treated and favored him, for man both hides his devotion and his sin but God, due to His being Generous, covers up sins and reveals devotion and there is nothing more graceful than covering up someone’s sins and revealing good deeds. Hence his happiness is due to God’s treatment of him not because of people praising him or finding a place in their heart.

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“Say: In the grace of Allah and in His mercy -in that they should rejoice; it is better than that which they gather.” (Verse 58 of the Quranic Chapter, Yunus.)
2- From revelation of what is beautiful and concealment of what is ugly, he will conclude that God will treat him in the same manner in the Hereafter too, for the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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573. “God does not cover up anything for His servant which He does not cover up in the Hereafter.”
3- He will become happy that people praise men of devotion against those who are hostile to them, envy and ridicule them and eventually accuse them of pretension. Such state of happiness is not blameworthy.
As for blameworthy happiness: If a person’s happiness is due to his having a position with people so that he will be praised, his needs to be met, and to be honored by all, then this kind of happiness is sheer hypocrisy and not only ruins the good deeds but turn them into bad ones and will take him down to hell instead of paradise.

The Root of and Motivation behind Hypocrisy
The root cause of hypocrisy is love of world, negligence of the Hereafter, lack of sufficient belief in God, thinking not about the pests of the world and the blessings of the Hereafter. Love of world and lust is the root cause of all wrong doings. God has made His servants duty bound according to their capacity but to stop Satan from tempting him is beyond according to their capacity. It is for this reason that the Holy Prophet (SAW) gave the servants of God the good tidings of forgiveness by God so that they will not become desperate and be in restrictions, but to come close to God and hope in His bounteous mercy and has said:

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574. “God forgives temptations which are in the heart of my Ummah as long as they do not speak of it or do it.”
The reason behind it is that the movement of tongue and body members are controlled by man and this is contrary to temptations of heart.

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How to cure hypocrisy
Devotion is attained when appearance and heart become identical. A person was told: Do everything openly. He said: How? they said to him: Do everything in a way that if people know it, you are not ashamed of it.”
In this connection, Imam Ali (AS) has said:

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575. “Never do anything for which you have to apologize, for good deeds require no apology. Do not do in secret anything which if made open, you are ashamed of it. Also avoid deeds which if reminded, its doer denies it.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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576. “The highest degree of faith is one which if a person attains, becomes successful and is delivered, that is, his secret deeds should be so worthy that he will not have fear when made public nor is afraid of their consequences in case they are in secret.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) was asked: What is salvation? The Holy Prophet said:

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577. “Man should not do any deed the appearance of which is obedience to God but is meant to please people.”
It has also been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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578. “God does not accept a deed in which there is an atom of hypocrisy.”
About three groups of people namely:
1- One who was slain in the way of God
2- One who gave away his wealth in the way of God
3- One who recited the Holy Quranic (but his deeds were not for God)
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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579. “God says to these three people: You are lying, for you wished they would say he was “generous”, he was “brave” and “reciter” of the Holy Quran.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) said the above-mentioned persons will not receive any reward for their deeds. The Holy Prophet further said:

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580. “The most horrible thing I fear about you is minor blasphemy.”
They said: “What is minor blasphemy?” The Holy Prophet said:

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“It is hypocrisy, for on the Day of Judgment when God gives His servants rewards for their deeds, will say: Go to those for the sake of whom you acted hypocritically in the world. Will they give any reward for your deeds?”
In a Hadith, it has been pointed out:

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581. “On the Day of Judgment, there is an order to take some people toward Fire. God will say to the master of Fire: O master! Say to the Fire: Do not burn their feet for they used to go to mosque with those feet. Say to the Fire: Do not burn their face, for they use to perform ablution. Say to the Fire: Do not burn their hands for they raised them towards Me for Dua. Say to the Fire: Do not burn their tongue, for they used to recite the Holy Quran. Here, the master of the Fire will say to them: O miserable ones! What were you doing in the world? they say: We were doing for others and not God. The master of the Fire will say: Receive your rewards from those for whom you did your deeds.”
In a Hadith, it has been pointed out:
582. A man of Bani Israel (Israelite) said to himself: I should perform my prayer in a manner that I will become famous among people. Sometime passed and he did perform a lot of prayer but as soon as he appeared before people, they said: He is dissimulating, he is hypocrite.”
If a man is blameworthy to God, people’s praise will not benefit him at all whereas if he is praiseworthy to God, people’s blame will not do any harm to him. How can people’s blame do any harm to him while the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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583. “Whoever seeks God’s praise instead of people’s praise, God Himself will protect him against people and fulfill his desires.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has also said:

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584. “Whoever rectifies his Hereafter affairs, God will rectify his worldly affairs and whoever rectifies what is between him and God, God will rectify what is between him and people.”
In the interpretation of verse 61 of the Quranic Chapter, Zumar, and

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“And Allah shall deliver those who guard (against evil) with their achievement” we read:

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585. “In the fear and horror of the Day of Judgment, a righteous deed will say to its doer, mount me for I was mounting you in the world for a long time. Here the doer of a righteous deed mounts it and the righteous deed too takes him through the hardships of the Day of Judgment.”
Dawood Ibne Farghad has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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586. “A righteous deed paves the way for its doer in the same way that a man sends his servant ahead of himself to prepare everything for him.”
Then Imam Sadeq (AS) recited verse 44 of the Quranic Chapter, Rum:

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“....and whoever does good, they prepared (good) for their own souls.”
To sum it up, whoever does good deeds without dissimulation, he will be showered with the rain of mercy and his tongue will utter words of wisdom. In this connection, it has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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587. “Whoever devotes himself solely to God for forty days, fountains of wisdom shall pour forth from his heart upon his tongue.”
Obeid Ibne Zarareh has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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588. “There is no believer unless God has made out of his faith a kind of friendship and company by which he will keep calm in a way that even if he is on the peak of a mountain, he will not have any fear.”
Halabi has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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589. “Associate with people so as to test them and when you have tested them, you will find out that they are not your friends.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Hassan Asgari (AS):

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590. “The more you understand people, the more you will fear them.”
Ka-abolahbar has reported that God has said to the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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591. “Should you wish to meet Me in paradise on the Day of Judgment, you must be stranger, lonely, melancholic, fear-stricken as a lonely bird flying over emply lands and eating fruits from the top of trees and when night falls, takes abode in its nest, for this bird is familiar only with Me and fears people.”
It has been reported on the authority of the honorable daughter of the Holy Prophet and the mother of the holy Imams (AS):

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592. “Whoever sends up his devoted prayer, God will send him His best means.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Baqer (AS):

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593. “A man will never become a truly devoted servant of God unless he gives up hope in any one but God. In this case, God will say: This devotion is only for Me, hence, He will accept it due to His generosity and kindness.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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594. “God has not given His servant a greater blessing than when there is no one but God in his heart.”
Imam Baqer (AS) said to Hesham Ibne Hakam:

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595. “O Hesham! Forbearing loneliness is a sign of wisdom. Whoever appreciated divine knowledge, he will keep aloof from the worldly people and tends towards what is with God. In fear, such a person is familiar with God and in loneliness, God is his company and in destitution, God will make him rich and will make him mighty in helplessness. O Hesham! A little action with knowledge is acceptable whereas a lot of actions with ignorance is rejected.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Javad (AS):

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596. “The best prayer is devotion.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Hadi (AS):

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597. “If all people go to one side, I will go towards person who is only the servant of God out of devotion.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Hassan Asgari (AS):

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598. “If the whole world turns into a morsel and I will give that morsel to a devoted servant of God, I have neglected his right and if I stop an unbeliever from dying hungry and thirsty and then give him a drop of water I have been extravagant.”

How to cure hypocrisy practically
Make yourself accustomed to keeping your prayer secret and perform it behind the closed the doors.
Prophet Jesus (AS) said to disciples:

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599. “When you go without food, put oil on your head and olive oil on your lips so people will not know you go without food. When your give money, let not your right hand see what your left hand does. When you make your prayer, go into your private room and shut the door, for the same God who divides sustenance, divides praise.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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600. “On a day when there is no shade but His, God will put three groups under the shade of His Throne: Two persons who make friend for the consent of God and are separated for the same purpose. A person who gives money with his right hand while hiding it from his left hand and a man whom a beautiful woman calls to herself but he will say to her: I fear God, the Lord of the two worlds.”
Hafas Ibne Bakhtari has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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601. “My father has narrated from Amiralmomenin (AS) as saying to Kumeil Ibne Ziad Nakhaee: Give away but remain unknown. Hide your good deeds so they are not remembered. Learn knowledge and practice what you have learnt. Keep quiet so as to remain sound. Make the good people happy and the wrongdoers angry. When God made His religion known to you, it is immaterial whether people are not known to you or you are not known to them.”
Note
When you have done a good deed and realized that you did it only for God sake, do not ever disclose it saying to yourself: My deed was out of devotion and it was recorded in the book of my good deeds.
It has been reported on the authority of the Infallibles:

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602. “A good deed done in secret is seventy times better than one which is done openly.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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603. “Whoever does a good deed in secret, it is recorded in the book of his deeds as a secret deed. If he speaks about it to others, the word “secret” is erased and is recorded as open deed. If he speaks about it for the second time, it is erased and hypocrisy is recorded instead.”
Nevertheless if a person intends to benefit his brother in faith or make him happy by speaking of his good deed, then he can do it as permitted by the Infallibles (AS).

Self-Admiration
Self-admiration will ruin man as the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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604. “Three things ruin human beings: The stinginess which is obeyed, the desire which is followed and man’s self-admiration which will ruin good deeds and incure God’s wrath.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has also said:

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605. “Were a believer’s wrongdoing not better than his self-admiration, God would never make him free in committing wrongdoing.”
Amiralmomenin (AS) has said:

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606. “An act of disobedience making you worried is better than a good deed which makes you proud.”
The Imam (AS) also said:

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607. “Nothing is better than humbleness and no loneliness is more horrible than self-admiration.”
Imam Sadeq (AS) has reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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608. “God sent a revelation to prophet David saying: O Dawood! Give good tidings to wrongdoers and admonish the pious. David said: How shall I give good tidings to the wrongdoers and admonish the pious? God said: Give good tidings to the wrongdoers that I will accept repentance and forgive their sins but admonish the pious lest they will become proud of their deeds for never were a man proud of his good deeds unless he was ruined.”
In another Hadith, it has been pointed out:

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“Never did a man make an end account of his good deeds unless he was obliterated.”
Imam Baqer (AS) has reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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609. “I know the interests of My servants better than themselves, for sometimes one of My believing servants does his best to perform his prayer, he wakes up from his pleasant sleep over him for a couple of nights. This is due to My favor with him so as to make him steadfast. Hence, he keeps on sleeping and when he wakes up, he will get angry with himself. If I leave him free in performing prayer, he would be overwhelmed by self-admiration which would ruin him, for he would feel superior to servants and had the impression that he had not failed in worshipping Me. To sum it up he would keep aloof from Me whereas in his opinion, he was near to Me.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Baqer (AS):

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610. “God says: Some of My believing servants invoke the grace of some prayers but I take away the grace of the deed lest they will become proud of it.”
Prophet Jesus (AS) has said:

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611. “O assembly of disciples! There are many lamps which are extinguished by winds and many pious me who are obliterated by self-admiration.”
What is self-admiration?
Self-admiration is when man overestimates his good deeds and is happy with them.
Saad Ibne Abi Khalaf has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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612. “Do your best all the time and think of your shortcomings, for you can not worship God as He really deserves.”
Nevertheless, happiness accompanied by humility for God as well as giving thanks to God for granting such a grace is praiseworthy. In this connection Amiralmomenin (AS) has said:

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613. “One who is made happy by a good deed and sad by a bad deed is a true believer.”
The Imam has also said:

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614. “He does not belong to us one who does not call himself to account, that is, if he has done a good deed he should praise God and wish for further good deeds and if he has done something wrong he should ask for forgiveness.”
The Imam also said

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615. “Let it be known to you O servant of God!
That a believer never ends his day but reproaches himself and wishes for further good deeds. Therefore, be as those who lived and passed away before you. As a traveler, pick up the pitch of tent of the world and wrap it up so as to go through other stations.

How to cure self-admiration?
Self-admiration incurs God’s wrath and obliteration of good deeds. One should note that all signs and body members by which we perform prayer belong to God. Are our sustenance and health not His? Is our success in performing prayer not a blessing for which we should be thankful to God? Hence we should fear failing to perform them and being taken to task.
God in a revelation to Prophet David (AS) has said:

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616. “O Dawood! Thank Me. David said: O Lord! How can I thank you while thanks giving itself is one of Your blessings which needs thanks? He said: O Dawood! I am pleased to take this confession of yours as thanksgiving.”
It is said that one day an orator came to Haroun Alrashid. He asked the orator to give him a piece of advice. The orator said: O caliph! How much would you give for a drop of water when you are extremely thirsty? Haroun said: Half of my kingdom. The orator said: And if you can not pass off that water, how much would you give to remove the obstacle? Haroun said: The other half of my kingdom. The orator said: Therefore, let not the kingdom which is worth a drop of water deceive you.
All men receive wage or salary for the work they do but if we do a deed for the sake of God, for instance, if we fast one day, God says:

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617. “Fasting is for My sake and I Myself will give its reward.”
God has also said:

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“I have prepared for My servants things no eyes have seen, no ears have heard and no mind imagined.”
About rising a single night for prayer God says in verse 17 of the Quranic Chapter, the Adoration:

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“So no soul knows what is hidden for them of that which will refresh the eyes; a reward for what they did.”
If you go into prostration and sleep overtakes you, God will be proud of you before angels. If you devote a time for God and perform a two Rakat prayer or say: There is no god but Allah in your mind, God will say:

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“And whoever does good, whether male or female and he is a believer, these shall enter the garden in which they shall be given sustenance without measure.” (Verse 40 of the Quranic Chapter, Moamin)
It has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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“Whoever says Sobhanallah (glory be to God) God, will plant a tree for him in paradise.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has also said:

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618. “Whoever takes his “self’ as enemy instead of people, God will keep him safe from the fright of the Day of Judgment.”
In a Hadith, we read:

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619. “Anyone of you who during the night repents his wrongdoing and blames his “self” is better for him than beginning the day while he is happy with his deed.”
Sheikh Abu Jafar Mohammad Ibne Ahmad Ibne Ali Ghomi reports: I said to Ma-aaz: Tell me a Hadith you have heard from the Holy Prophet (SAW) and you have it in your memory. Ma-aaz said: All right and his tears started running. He then said: By my parents! While I was walking with the Holy Prophet (SAW) he raised his eyes towards the sky and said:

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620. “Praise is due to Allah who judges among people on whatever he wishes. Then he said: O Ma-aaz! I said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah and Master of the believers.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“O Ma-aaz! I said: Yes O Messenger of Allah! O leader of the good and prophet of mercy!”

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“I will give you a piece of news no prophet has given to his nation. If you memorize it, it will benefit you in your life and if you hear but do not memorize it, you will not have any excuse before God.”

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“Then he said: Before creation of heavens, God created seven angels appointing each of them in a heaven and made that heaven splendid with that glory. Then God appointed an angel as gate keeper to each of the gates of heavens.
The guardian angels record man’s deeds day and night and send them up while it is as bright as the sun. When they reach the sky of the world, they purify the deed and add to it but out of sudden the angel will say: Wait! Throw this deed to the face of its doer. I am the angel recording the act of backbiting. I will not let the deed of a backbiter pass on to a heaven. This is the order of My Lord.”

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“He said: Then the next day while carrying good deeds the angels return and pass by the former angel, purify the deed and add to it till they reach the second heaven where the angel of that heaven will say: Stop here. Throw this deed to the face of its doer, for with this deed, he was following mean objectives in world. I am the angel of worldly affairs and will not let the deed of this person pass on to others from here.”

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“He said, The next stage angels, take up the deed of God’s servant from whose charity and prayer they are happy. But when they reach the third heaven, the angel will say: Throw this deed to the face of its doer. I am the angel recording arrogance. This person had good deeds but was arrogant to people. My Lord has ordered me to let his deed pass on to others from here.”

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“Then he said: The guardian angels took up the deed of God’s servant while it was shining like a star and his voice was up with glorification of God, fast, and Hajj pilgrimage. They were taking it up to the fourth heaven when an angel said: Stop here. Throw it to the face and belly of its doer. I am the angel recording self-admiration. He was self-conceited. He had good deeds but he was complacent. My Lord has ordered to stop his deed to pass on to others from here.”

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“Then he said: The next stage, the guardian angels take up man’s deed which like a bride is ready for wedding. When they reach the fifth heaven, the good deed is accompanied by Jihad, prayer and a sad voice like the moaning, of a camel and the light of the sun. But the angel will say: Stop here! I am the angel recording jealousy. Throw it to the face of its doer and put it on his shoulder. He was jealous of seekers of knowledge and the obedient to God. Whenever he saw someone was superior in devotion, he was jealous of him and he started doing it. Here that man’s deed is put on his shoulder while the deed curses him.”

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“Then he said: Once again the guardian angels take up man’s deeds such as prayer, alms, and Hajj to the sixth heaven but the angel will say: Stop here, I am the angel recording mercy. Throw this deed to the face of its doer and make him blind, for he had no mercy on any one. If anyone committed a wrongdoing or suffered a loss he would blame him. My Lord ordered to stop his deed from passing on from here.”

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He said: The guardian angels take up to heaven man’s deed which is accompanied by understanding, endeavor and piety while it has a sound like that of thunder and lightning. In addition, three thousand angels will accompany it. When they reach the angel in the seventh heaven he will say: Stop here. Throw this deed to the face of its doer. I am the angel in charge of veiling. I will conceal from Him any deed which is not for His sake. This person meant to obtain a high position with the chiefs and have reputation. My Lord has ordered me to stop him from passing on to others as long as his deed has not been refined for God.”

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“Then he said: This time, the guardian angels will take up man’s deeds for which man is happy. Deeds like prayer, alms, fast, Hajj, good temper, silence, and remembrance of God which are accompanied by the heavenly angels as well as the seven angels reap all the veils till they stand before God and they testify for him in practice and with Dua. But God will say: You are the guardians of the deeds of My servants but I am the guardian of what passes in his heart. He did not mean Me with his deeds. My curse be upon him.”
At this time, Ma-aaz started weeping and said: What shall I do to have devotion in my deed? The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“Follow your prophet in being certain about the unity of God.”
Ma-aaz says: I said: You are the Messenger of Allah and I am Ma-aaz. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“O Ma-aaz! If you have any shortcoming in your deed, stop talking about your brother in faith and carriers of the Holy Quran. Blame yourself for your wrongdoing not your brethren. Do not ever justify yourself by reproaching your brothers in faith. Do not overestimate yourself at the price of humiliating your brothers. Do not dissimulate. Let not your worldly desires interfere your affairs in the Hereafter. Watch your language when associating with people so as people will not keep aloof from you. Do not whisper in an assembly. Do not magnify yourself, for you will be deprived of the blessings. Do not reproach people, for the dogs of Hell will reproach you. God says: “By Nashetaat!”

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“Do you know who “Nashetaat” are? They are the dogs of Hell who bite flesh and bone.”
I said: Who can forbear this description? The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“O Ma-aaz! This will be easy to one for whom God has made it easy.”
The reporter says: Ma-aaz did not recite the Holy Quran so much as he related this Hadith.

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