Beautifying one’s Salah due to onlookers is hidden shirk

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Is this Hadith authentic?

خرج النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال أيها الناس إياكم وشرك السرائر قالوا يا رسول الله وما شرك السرائر؟ قال يقوم الرجل فيصلي فيزين صلاته جاهدا لما يرى من نظر الناس إليه فذلك شرك السرائر

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Khuzaymah (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Mahmud ibn Labid (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and has declared it authentic.

(Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 937)

 

Translation

Once Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) came out and said, “O people! Beware of hidden/subtle shirk.’ They asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is hidden shirk?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘A person stands up to offer two rak’ahs of Salah, and strives to beautify as he sees people looking at him, this is hidden shirk.’”

 

Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) has recorded a similar Hadith. See here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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