HAZRAT HANZALAH FEARING NIFAAQ (HYPOCRISY)

HAZRAT HANZALAH FEARING NIFAAQ (HYPOCRISY)

It was the habit of Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم to enquire about those who were absent
from the musjid. Once, Hazrat Hanzalah (رضي الله عنه) did not come for
salaah and Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم  enquired regarding him. Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) then went
to his house for an enquiry.
On enquiry from his household, they informed him that he was
seated in the corner crying away. Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)  went up to him and
asked him the reason for him crying. He replied, “Hanzalah (رضي الله عنه) has
turned a munaafiq (hypocrite).”
Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)  asked him the reason for saying this. He said, “When
we are seated with Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم  then it is as if we are seeing Jannah and
Jahannum, but no sooner do I come back home and get involved
with my family, these feelings no more remain.”
On hearing this, Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)  said, “If this is nifaaq (hypocrisy) then
I am a munaafiq as well because this is also my condition.”
Thereafter both of them came to the company of Nabi  and
explained the entire discussion. Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم  said, “If the condition you
experience when seated by me continuously remains, then the angels
would greet you in your beds and on the road. (Mishkaat with
reference to Muslim, Vol 1, Pg 197)

NOTE: This Hadeeth will be a means of consolation for those
saalikeen who do not find the yearning and enthusiasm to carry out
`ibaadat as they do when in the company of their mashaayikh.