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Signs Of Riyaa


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  • When one is lazy regarding acts of worship when alone but when others are around, one finds it easier to perform good deeds.
  • Increasing good deeds when one is praised for them.
  • Fear of criticism regarding religious practises
  • Perform acts of worship because fears and feels that others will look down on him if he doesn’t perform it.

Cure for Riyaa

1) Make good intentions

2) Dua (Supplication)

The Prophet (pbuh) taught the specific dua for riyaa:


“Allahumma inna na-oothu bika an-nushrika bika shay’an na’lamuhu, wa nastagfiruka limaa laa na’lamuh.”

“O Allah, we seek refuge in you from committing shirk knowingly, and ask your forgiveness for (the shirk that we may commit unknowingly)”.

3) Reflecting upon Heaven and Hell

4) Hiding one’s good deeds

5) Reflection upon oneself’s shortcomings

6) Accompanying the pious

7. Be content with your acts of worship

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No soul has authority over another. Guidance and straying is a matter between God and you.






Jazak-Allah; however, I think the Arabic text and the transliteration don't completely match.



alhamd li Allah Rabb alaalameen



la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Al-'Atheemu Al-Haleemu, la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbul 'arshil-'atheemi,

la ilaaha illaa Allaahu Rabbus-samaawaati wa Rabbul-ardhi wa Rabbul-'arshil-kareemi

there is no god except Allah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne;

there is no god except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.

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