Is saying: “May Allaah have mercy upon you,” to the one who sneezes and returning the Salaam a communal obligation (Fard Al-Kifaayah) or an individual obligation upon all those who hear it?
As for returning the Salaam then one person suffices for the group, as is affirmed from the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). As for saying: “May Allaah have mercy upon you,” for the one who sneezes, it is obligatory upon all who hear him to say: “May Allaah have mercy upon you” to him. For the Prophet, upon him and his family be prayers and peace, said:
إذا عطس أحدكم فحمد الله كان على كل من سمعه أن يشمته
“If one of you sneezes and praises Allaah then it is upon everyone who hears him to say: ‘may Allaah have mercy upon you.’”
Or (he said something) with this meaning.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
Posted from: Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah, Durham
The questioner asks about verbally giving the Salaams (to women).
Shaykh Muqbil: Verbally giving the Salaam, if she and he are safe from Fitnah, then there is no harm in him saying: As-Salaamu Alaykum. If he fears that the Salaam will lead to that which is after it from Fitnah, then no. As is said:
نظرة فإبتسامة فسلام فكلام فموعد فلقاء
A look; then a smile; then Salaams; then speaking; then (setting) an appointment; then a meeting
So if he does not fear Fitnah for himself and he does not fear for her then there is no harm in saying: As-Salaamu Alaykum. The wives of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to be greeted with Salaam. And Allaah’s Aid is sought.
Questioner: Does this apply to responding, as well, O Shaykh?
Questioner: Is responding to As-Salaamu Alaykum obligatory upon the woman?
Shaykh: Upon the woman, yes, she is to respond. The same applies to her; if she fears Fitnah for herself or that she will put the man to trial then she responds within herself. Or she moves her lips with some sound (coming out) such that he does not hear her. But if she does not fear (Fitnah) for herself or he is a Mahram for her, then there is no harm in her saying: Wa Alaykum As-Salaam. However, if she fears the occurrence of Fitnah, then there is nothing equivalent to the safety of the heart.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
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Excellent advice to the one that returns to sins after repenting – By Shaykh ‘Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree
What should a servant do when he is tried with a sin and he repents from it with a repentence where these three affairs (conditions) are fulfilled. But (then) he struggles with his heart regarding that sin, only to find that he fell into it (again).
Shaykh ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Abdirraheem al-Bukhaaree:
May Allaah bless you. I say: a sincere tawbah (repentance) requires an effort. Now, there is no command or prohibition – as Imaam ibn al-Qayyim said – except that Shaytaan (the devil) has two incitements regarding it: either to extremism or to negligence. He (i.e. Shaytaan) doesn’t care by which of these two he becomes victorious [over the servant]! The important thing (to him) is that you leave the Straight Path. Also, from his ways is that he doesn’t want you to be steadfast upon tawbah. He doesn’t want this! Because if you – the one he (Shaytaan) led astray and made fall into sin – are steadfast upon sincere tawbah and you adhere to obedience, he (Shaytaan) loses! Right? And this makes him feel very outraged, because he swore by Allaah:
قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ َلأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ إِلاَّ عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ ٱلْمُخْلَصِينَ
(Iblees (Shaytaan)) said: “By Your Might, then I will surely mislead them all, except Your sincere slaves amongst them (faithful, obedient, true believers of Islamic Monotheism).”
May Allaah bless you. Shaytaan beautifies the sin, this is why it has been narrated in the two Saheehs:
الجَنَّة حُفَّت بِالمكارهِ والنَّارُ حُفَّت بالشَّهوَات
“Paradise is surrounded by things which are disliked and Hellfire is surrounded by desires (temptations).”
So this affair requires one to strive hard!
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths.
So you must show Allaah that you are truthful!! And this is a kind of test: you repent sincerely, and then the soul which commands evil entices you. So then you are in a struggle between your soul which commands evil and your self-reproaching soul. This is a test to see if your repentance is truthful, if your intention is correct and if you are sincere to Allaah in leaving [this sin]. Just as it is obligatory upon you to be sincere to Allaah in [performing] that which is commanded, it is also obligatory upon you to be sincere to Allaah in leaving [the prohibitions]. It is obligatory that you are sincere to Allaah in leaving [sins]!
And beware, O beloved one! From the greatest means that lead to the servant being deprived of succes, is commiting sins.
نَحنُ ندعو الإله في كُلِّ كربٍ *** ثمّ ننْساهُ عِند كشفِ الكُروبِ
We supplicate to the One Who is worshipped (Allaah) during every distress, then we forget Him when the distresses are removed.
كيفَ نرجُو إجابةً لدُعاءٍ *** وقدْ سَدَدْنا طَريقَهَا بِالذُّنُوبِ
How can we hope for an answer to our supplications, while we closed its path with sins.
Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said:
إنِّي لأحْسِبُ الرَّجُلَ ينْسَى العِلْمَ يَتعلَّمُه، بالذِّنبِ يَعملُه
“I consider a man to have forgotten the knowledge that he learned because of a sin he commits.”
[Al-Hilyah by Abu Nu'aym]
So a person should beware! This is why the look is an arrow from the arrows of Iblees, so a person should not continue looking, [listening to] whisperings, [listening to] suggestions [of Shaytaan], listening or other than that. So the more a person continues, the more he increases, and it is feared for him that Raan will cover his heart, about which Allaah said:
كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ
Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.
We seek refuge with Allaah! So beware! Sins are dangerous, by Allaah, O brothers! Dangerous and significant! And do not belittle [sins] by saying: “This is an insignificant sin,” “Is it from the minor or major sins?” Beware! In al-Bukhaaree on the authority of Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him:
إنَّكم لتعْمَلُون أعمالًا هِي فِي أعْيُنِكُم أدقُّ مِنَ الشَّعر ،كنَّا نعُدُّها فِي عهدِ رسُولِ الله صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم مِنَ المُوبِقَات
“You people do (bad) deeds (commit sins) which seem in your eyes tinier than hair, while we used to consider those (very deeds) during the life-time of the Prophet as destructive sins.”
Trust me completely: Whenever you are truthful to Allaah in seeking refuge with Him and throwing yourself with humility before Him with repentance and returning back, He will make you steadfast, He will help you, He will give you success and He will take away from you the most evil of evils, the plot of the sinners and the most evil calamities of the day and night. But whenever you continue [listening to] whisperings and suggestions [of Shaytaan], Shaytaan will cause you to backslide. So beware!
But, the fact that the servant always talks to himself (i.e. reviews himself), that he is aware that Allaah always watches over him in all of his deeds and movements and that he seeks nearness to Him by staying away from sins: this is a proof of his truthfulness, with the permission of Allaah. This heat that you feel because of this struggle in the inside, will result in coldness, certainty and security for you, if you are truthful to Allaah. This is why Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, says:
يَـۤأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَكُونُواْ مَعَ ٱلصَّادِقِينَ
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are truthful (in words and deeds).
Being truthful in words and deeds is a must! In words and deeds! And from the greatest of this, is that we are truthful to Allaah when we seek His forgiveness and when we return back to Him, the Majestic and Mighty! Is this clear, O brothers? So beware of continuing! Strive against your soul!
Trust me completely: it is only a small amount of days. The Prophet – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said, as mentioned in as-Saheeh:
إنَّما النَّصرُ صبرُ ساعةٍ
“Victory is only an hour of patience.”
This Shaytaan requires struggle (Jihaad)! Right? He requires a great struggle! You have to struggle against him night and day! And the Prophet – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – has informed us:
إِذا نام أحدُكُم عقدَ الشَّيطانُ على قَافِيَتهِ ثلاثَ عُقدٍ ويقولُ:نَمْ وراءَك ليلٌ طويلٌ
“When any one of you goes to sleep, Shaytaan ties three knots at the back of his neck, and says: “You have a long night, so sleep.”"
So Shaytaan is with you! And he wages war against you from every place! It is not possible for you to be saved from him, except by seeking refuge with Allaah. This is why Allaah commanded you to seek help from Him and to seek refuge with Him:
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ
Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of the daybreak.”
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of mankind.”
And the noble, merciful Prophet – the one whom Allaah sent as a mercy to mankind – advised you, guided you, directed you and clarified to you the Path of salvation, which is adhering to the Sunnah: the adhkaar (supplications) for the morning and the evening , the adhkaar for entering and leaving the toilet, sleeping, eating, drinking, etc.
Review yourself! I say: review yourself and examine yourself: are you from those who are steadfast upon the Sunnah or negligent regarding it? How should you call yourself to account except in this way? And praise and thank Allaah that you are alive! Praise and thank Allaah that you are alive! And I have mentioned this to the students and brothers, here or in a previous lesson – I don’t know.
How should this (calling oneself to account) happen? You have a notebook and a pen with you, and you want to know? Call yourself to account before you are called to account! You have a notebook with you [and you write]: Bismillaahi ar-Rahmaani ar-Raheem. Today, saturday or sunday. We start from Fajr; did you wake up before Fajr or after Fajr? [Mention this] to yourself, not in the radio! Did I wake up in time? Did I catch the Sunnah of Fajr or not? Of course before this [you mention]: have I prayed witr or not? Yes/no. Did I pray Fajr in congregation? Yes. Did I catch Takbeeratul-Ihraam? Yes/no. Have I said the adhkaar after the prayer ? Yes/no. The adhkaar for the morning and the evening? Yes/no. Did I recite my (daily) part of the Qur’aan? Etc, etc etc. Did I backbite? Have I commited something prohibited? Write down! You will see in the end of the day that you have [written] pages! Yes, no, yes, no… Review [yourself]!Yes: I stay upon the truth. No: review it the next day; are you still upon this or have you left it?
O brothers, this affair is significant! It is not trivial!
فِي يَوْمٍ كَانَ مِقْدَارُهُ خَمْسِينَ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ
..in a Day the measure whereof is fifty thousand years.
Anyway, it is a must that we prepare an answer for this Day! We ask Allaah to be kind and gentle to us and you, to give us and you a good ending and to make us all steadfast upon Islaam and Sunnah. And may Allaah raise the rank of the Messenger of Allaah, his family and his Companions and grant them peace.
 Authentic adhkaar for the morning and the evening:
 Authentic adhkaar to be said after the obligatory prayer:
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm
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Allah has tested me with dangerous illnesses since I was young. Now I am in my thirties and there is no cure for this illness. Thus what is the reward that results from patience, especially patience upon trials and illnesses, may Allah reward you with good?
There is no doubt that the Muslim is commanded with patience upon what he dislikes from the tribulations and illnesses. Along with patience he utilizes the beneficial means by Allah’s permission. Therefore if he has an illness he seeks to cure it along with having patience and seeking the reward, while not panicking. And the permissible means do not negate patience. This because patience during this condition; it is refraining the tongue from complaining, and refraining the soul from panicking, and refraining the hand from slapping the cheeks and tearing the garments. Thus if there are beneficial means, and a cure for this illness then he seeks to cure it. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
ما أنزل الله داءً إلا أنزل له دواءً علِمه من علِمه وجهِله من جهِله
Allah has not sent down an illness except that He sent down a cure. Those who know it know it and those who are ignorant of it are ignorant of it.
Therefore the One who sent down the illness sent down the cure. And His sending down the cure is proof that we search for this cure and we utilize it. As for if there is no cure, meaning the doctors are unable to find the cure, then the afflicted person is patient and seeks the reward from Allah سبحانه وتعالى. And the patient person is rewarded. Allah تعالى said:
إنما يُوفى الصابرون أجرهم بغير حساب
Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.
(Soorah Az Zummar 39:10)
And Allah will test the believer. If Allah loves a people He will test them. Verily if Allah loves a people He will test them. So whoever is patient will have a reward and whoever panics then upon him is a sin.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ إِذَا أَحَبَّ قَوْمًا ابْتَلاهُمْ، فمَنْ رَضِيَ فَلَهُ الرِّضَا، وَمَنْ سَخِطَ فَلَهُ السَّخَطُ
Verily if Allah loves a people He test them, thus whoever is pleased, for him will be pleasure, and whoever is angry, for him will be anger.
As it appears in the hadith; and with this the believer is at ease. And he knows that which befell him was not going to miss him, and that which missed him was not going to befall him. And it is hoped that this illness and this disease will be better for him with Allah سبحانه وتعالى. The Exalted said:
وعسى أن تكرهوا شيئاً وهو خيرٌ لكم وعسى أن تحبوا شيئاً وهو شرٌ لكم
But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you.
(Soorah Al Baqarah 2:216)
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
Ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz: Persistence in attaining Istiqaamah.
All praise is due to Allah and may peace and salutations be upon the messenger of Allah, his familiy, companions and whoever follows his guidance; as for what follows:
The topic of Istiqaamah (uprightness in the religion) is a magnificent topic. It is suitable for every male and female believer to have a great concern for it, strive in attaining it at all times, to ask Allah the mighty and sublime (for it) and to implore oneself before him requesting success in achieving it.
And you! Oh slave of Allah, it is incumbent upon you to be dilligent with regards to good, to rush towards it and cling to it. And that you beware of evil and stay far away from it and the means and causes that bring it about. And it is on you to beseech your lord and beg him to grant you assistance and success (in that).
And this dunya (worldly life) is an abode of trials and tribulations. It is the abode of action and preperation for the Aakhirah (next life). So Allah created the creation to worship him, and sent to them messengers, and revealed to them books and has given them intellects, hearing and sight. And he tests them with shayaateen (devils) from mankind and jinn, and (tests them with) lusts and desires.
So that which is obligatory (for us to do) is to use what Allah has given us from protection in leaving off harmful matters from what Allah tests us with by way of callers to evil and from devils both jinn and men.
And this abode is the abode of action, it is not an abode of bliss, rather it is an abode of action and deceit. Allah says: (So do not let the worldly life decieve you, nor let the chief deciever (shaytaan) deceive about Allah) 31:33. The enjoyments therein are minute as Allah says: ( Are you pleased with the life of this world over the hereafter? Little is the enjoyment of the life of this world compared to the hereafter) 9:38.
Therefore it is mandatory upon those who are responsible from the men and women to strive (to attain) Istiqaamah. It’s compulsory to pay heed to the truth and act according to it in performing those obligatory duties and forsaking the prohibited ones and the legitimacy of increasing in those recommended acts, because they strengthen and increase one’s Eeman. And remaining far from those affairs that could harm the slave even if they are allowed or disliked.
So the slave must work hard in leaving off everything that will harm him and everything that it is feared (from doing this thing) a decrease in righteous actions or negligence in performing them even though they may be mubaah (permitted).
The One free from all imperfections says: (Verily those who say: Our Lord is Allah (Alone),” and then they remain upright (Istiqaamah), on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! “We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your inner-selves desire, and therein you shall have (all) you ask for. “An entertainment from (Allah), the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”) 41:30-32. Meaning at the time of death, the time of resurrection and in the graves as a favor from Allah to us.
And in Surah al-Ahqaf we read the statement of Allah the mighty and sublime: (Verily those who say: Our Lord is Allah (Alone),” and then they remain upright and firm (Istiqaamah), they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve. Those shall be the dwellers of Paradise, abiding therein forever, a reward for what they used to do.) 46:13-14. And the statement of Allah in Surah an-Nahl: (Whoever works rightousness, whether male or female, while he is a true believer, verily We will give him a good life and We shall certainly pay them a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do)16:97. A pleasant life in the dunya and bliss in the hereafter.
And may peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.
Taken from: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/8624
Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
Posted from: http://salafitalk.net
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The Sweetest Words [Ikhlas]
It is reported that the son of Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said to his father:
“Father! How sweet (beautiful) the speech of the Companions is!”
[Al-Fudayl] said, “Son, do you know why it was so sweet?”
He replied, “No father, I do not.”
He said, “Because they sought Allâh the Exalted when they spoke.”
Al-Bayhaqî, Shu’ab Al-îmân 2:299
Advice During The Time In Which Trials Have Increased, People Of Innovation Have Spread And The Scholars Are Passing Away – By: Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan
O Virtuous Shaykh, with what do you advise us during this time (in) which trials (fitan) have increased and the people of innovation have become widespread and the death of the scholars? (are increasing)
I advise you with the first thing (which is) to have taqwa of Allaah and increase in your supplication to Allaah that He keeps us and you firm upon the religion and that He protects us and you from the evils of trials (fitan).
Then I advise you with seeking knowledge from the people of knowledge and the diligence in seeking knowledge, because one will not fall into trial (fitna) with Allaah’s permission (only) if he has the correct knowledge. But if you don’t have the correct knowledge, maybe you will fall into trial (fitna) while you are not aware (of it) and (while) you don’t know it is trial (fitna). It is upon you to seek knowledge from the people of knowledge and do not become lazy upon seeking knowledge whatever is possible for you.
Translated by Abu Anas Atif Hasan
Posted with Permission from : Al-Binaa Publishing | Durham NC
Preserving Good Deeds from Envy
By Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728) -Rahimullaah-
Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya
Published by Miraath Publications
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Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah- mentions in his explanation of the saying of Allaah Ta’ala:
ادعوا ربَّكم تضرُّعًا وخُفيةً إنه لايحبُّ المعتدين…
Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. [al-Aaraaf: 55]
there are ten benefits of hiding your Dua’, and from amongst these benefits he said:
‘Indeed the greatest of blessings is turning to Allaah and worshipping Him. Every blessing has the equivalent of it being envied by an envious person, whether openly or secretly. There is no greater blessing than of turning to Allaah and worshipping Him [making Dua'], indeed the souls of the envious are attached to that blessing.
There is nothing more secure for the person who is envied than hiding his blessing from the envious person. Indeed Yaqoob said to Yusuf -alayhi as-Sallam:
قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ لاَ تَقْصُصْ رُؤْيَاكَ عَلَى إِخْوَتِكَ فَيَكِيدُواْ لَكَ كَيْدًا
< < O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you > >
till the end of the Ayaah.
How many of the people who have hearts, a connection and status with Allaah Ta’ala may perhaps have spoken about it, and informed people about it, and the envious one tried to plunder him over these blessings.
This is why the righteous and elderly are advised to keep their secrets with Allaah Ta’ala, and not to allow anyone to be acquainted with them.
This issue of hiding the blessing is of great benefit, its people know is benefits. Therefore, if it is commanded to do so in your Dua’/supplications, then this also includes the Dua’ for requesting this, and the Dua’ of praising Allaah.
Living and turning to Allaah Ta’ala is from the great treasures which has a right to be hidden from the eyes of the envious.’
[From: 'Majmoo al-Fatawa' 15/18-19]
July 19, 2013 by Embody Islam
Shaykh Dr. Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him, mentioned:
Pay attention to this dangerous, important principle, and it confirms what was previously mentioned: Many people who come aroundAhlus-Sunnah, and they are [in reality] from ahlul-bid’ah, do so with the intent of misguiding them and diverting them from theSunnah.
A question might be asked: ‘So and So used to make apparent theSunnah. How did he start opposing the truth and calling to a methodology in opposition to the Sunnah?!’
It is one of two reasons:
1. He used to be a person of the Sunnah; however, he fell to temptation (fitnah): money, a position, desires – he was put to trial. We ask Allah for safety and well-being.
For this reason, Ibn Mas’ood, said: ‘If a person desires to follow someone, let him follow one who has passed away;’ meaning: the Companions. ‘Let him not follow someone who is alive, because the one who is still living is not guaranteed to stay safe from trials.’
2. Or, it is as the Shaykh (1) said here: He is a hizbee, who acted like he was Salafee in order to split the ranks of the Salafees, and this is the majority of them. Shaykh ‘Ubayd has some speech similar to this. When al-Halabee and some of his misguidance was mentioned to him, Shaykh ‘Ubayd said – and this is present on the internet: ‘I think he was an infiltrating hizbee or an infiltrating Ikhwaanee.’
He concealed himself with the Sunnah, love for al-Albaanee, defending al-Albaanee, doing verifications of some Hadeeth works, current affairs, etc. He did this until he spread [false] principles,then he left and made apparent what he was hiding inside (2).
So, for this reason, along with what proceeded, don’t suffice when someone comes to teach you and says: ‘Yes, I love Shaykh Rabee’.’
Shaykh Rabee’ is well known. Ask Shaykh Rabee’: Do you know this person? Ask the students of Shaykh Rabee’: Do you know this person? Did he used to be around you all? Who recommends him? Who knows him? (3)
(1): Referring to Shaykh Khaalid adh-Dhufayree in his treatise: “Selected Benefits and Principles of Salafiyyah from the Letter of al-Imaam as-Sijizee [d. 444 AH].”
(2): [TN]: This manifests in communities in the West. How many people have entered a community, contributed to turmoil, then, not long after, they are on a completely different methodology than the one you met them upon. A few changes that manifest in them are as follows:
- Dropping, and sometimes belittling, the scholars they once would sit with and be eager to visit;
- Disconnecting themselves, and the laymen, from bona fide, contemporary scholars, especially those known to be harsh on ahlul-bid’ah and insightful about their plots;
- A subtle connection to themselves through slogans such as: ‘we know the West better,’ and ‘our people have their own problems,’ etc;
- Far-fetched excuses for the people of desires on the premise of “wisdom” in d’awah;
- Coupled with #4, destructive criticism and belittlement of Salafeestudents and communities, and a lack of implementing the “wisdom” used with the people of desires;
- A geared focus on politics and race;
- Silence and co-operation with organizations upon the methodology of the Muslim Brotherhood, like ICNA and their representatives.
(3): Ahmad Bazmool, Advice and Direction to Those Involved in D’awah, 27-28
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allah protect him, said:
…A two-faced person is a chameleon-like individual with the people. In one sitting, he says what pleases the people who are there. Then, he goes to another sitting, praises those people, says what pleases them and speaks ill of the first group.
He shows one face to a group of people and another face to others. This is hypocrisy, and we seek refuge with Allah; it is also impermissible flattery. He goes to people who do evil deeds and gives the appearance that he is pleased with them. He shows them a pardoning, cheery face. He does the same with the people upon the truth.
For this reason, he is under a sever threat. Allah, The Lofty, described these people by saying (i.e. its meaning):
Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to these [i.e., the believers] nor to those [i.e., the disbelievers]
[Soorah an-Nisaa (4): 153]
And in another verse, He says (i.e. its meaning):
And when they meet those who believe, they say, “We believe”;but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say, “Indeed,we are with you; we were only mockers.” [Soorah al-Baqaraa (2): 14]
As for a Muslim, then he is truthful, he does not display chameleon-like behavior, and he does not do things for the sake of people. He interacts with everyone according to what Islam dictates.
He clings to the fear of Allah and truthfulness in every circumstance and sitting in all situations. His goal is Allah, and he seeks His pleasure. He doesn’t seek the pleasure of people…(1)
(1): Saalih al-Fawzaan, An Exaplanation of al-Kabaa’ir by Muhammad b. Abdul-Wahaab, 392