Book: Characteristics of the Hypocrites
Who are the hypocrites exactly?
Well, they are outwardly Muslim but inwardly they are disbelievers. Basically, their life is one big show.
Why do we need to learn about their characteristics? Is it so that we can “spot” them?
Well, at the end of the day, only Allah knows who is a truly a hypocrite as this is a matter of the unseen (as it relates to the condition of a person’s heart).
So, if we can’t really “spot” them, why do we need to know their characteristics?
Well, it’s so that we can see if the person in the mirror has any of these qualities.
You see, many of the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum) were afraid of falling into hypocrisy.
If they felt afraid, then what about us???
There was a nice quote I read from Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullah) where he pointed out that only a believer fears hypocrisy and only a hypocrite feels safe from it!
Here’s a book that details the characteristics of the hypocrites as mentioned in the Quran.
Characteristics of the Hypocrites by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)