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Hypocrite Leaders

by | Mar 14, 2021

Leaders lead, in speech and in action. They inspire their people to aspire to better. They challenge their surrounding to a higher moral standard. Unfortunately, this is a pipedream for Muslims in the Middle East. Why? Because the heads of state are hypocrites.

It’s easy to accuse someone of being a hypocrite, but what exactly is a hypocrite. Well, hypocrites are a special breed of people, and I don’t mean special in a good way. If they “are Muslim”, they display their Islam on the outside but conceal their disbelief in their hearts.

So if hypocrisy is in the heart, how can we know if someone is a hypocrite… By his deeds.

…but you will surely know them by the tone of [their] speech…

Surah Muhammad (47 – 30)

Have you not seen those ˹hypocrites˺ who ally themselves with a people with whom Allah is displeased? They are neither with you nor with them. And they swear to lies knowingly.

Allah has prepared for them a severe punishment. Evil indeed is what they do.

They have made their ˹false˺ oaths as a shield, hindering ˹others˺ from the cause of Allah. So they will suffer a humiliating punishment.

Neither their wealth nor children will be of any help to them against Allah whatsoever. It is they who will be the residents of the Fire. They will be there forever.

Surah Al-Mujadalah (58 – 14-17)

They have made their ˹false˺ oaths as a shield, hindering ˹others˺ from the Way of Allah. Evil indeed is what they do!

This is because they believed and then abandoned faith. Therefore, their hearts have been sealed, so they do not comprehend.

When you see them, their appearance impresses you. And when they speak, you listen to their ˹impressive˺ speech. But they are ˹just˺ like ˹worthless˺ planks of wood leaned ˹against a wall˺. They think every cry is against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. May Allah condemn them! How can they be deluded ˹from the truth˺?

Surah Al-Munafiqun (63 – 2-4)

The Prophet Muhammad has also underlined the characteristics of a hypocrite:

“Four are the qualities which, when found in a person, make him a sheer hypocrite, and one who possesses one of them, possesses one characteristic of hypocrisy until he abandons it. These are: When he is entrusted with something, he betrays trust; when he speaks, he lies; when he promises, he acts treacherously; and when he argues, he behaves in a very imprudent, insulting manner.”

Sahih Bukhari and Muslim

Now, tell me one Arab leader that does not check all of the boxes listed above…

Hypocrites are distasteful at best when among the population, a scourge when given rank, and a catastrophe when in charge. So imagine when a hypocrite is a state leader… You don’t need Freud to analyze where things can go wrong from there.

These people are not interested in pleasing Allah, they are not interested in pleasing their people, they are only interested in indulging in their passions. That is why you see them like lions with their own people and like sheep with their puppet master. At the least, someone who has a little self-respect would act the opposite way.

As it goes for world leaders, they all act hypocritically. The only difference is that it varies in degrees. However, the Middle-East has a way of infusing a special flavor and aroma of hypocrites; one of tyrants, despots, and dictators; kings, generals, and princes.

Muslims in the Middle-East bear the brunt of hypocrite leaders; imprisonment, torture, and executions on a personal level; and on a global level, normalization of relations with the Zionist state, trivializing France’s actions against Muslims, and controlling what religious scholars can say.

In the end, Muslims have a saying:

People become corrupt when the leaders become corrupt, and the leaders become corrupt when the (religious) scholars become corrupt. This is the kind of world we are living in, but that does not mean you can’t change it!

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief