Hidden Shirk
Fatwa No: 376153

Question

What is hidden shirk? How can it affect subconscious mind?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) clarified very well what hidden Shirk means, and he explained that it is showing off. An example is when a man prays and he prolongs his prayer when he notices that other people are watching him.

Abu Sa’eed  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Shall I not tell you about that which I fear more for you than the Dajjaal?" We said: "Yes." He said: "Hidden Shirk; which is when a man stands to pray and makes it look good because he sees a man looking at him.” [Ahmad and Ibn Maajah. Al-Haakim classified it as authentic and Ath-Thahabi agreed with him]

Hence, one should make sure his intention and motive to act are sincere, as he might act to show off without feeling it.

As regards the second part other of your question, then we did not clearly understand what you mean by it.

Allah knows best.

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