Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the hypocrite
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن عبد الله بن سنان، قال: كنا جلوسا عند أبي عبد الله عليه السلام إذا قال [له] رجل من الجلساء: جعلت فداك يا ابن رسول الله أتخاف علي أن أكون منافقا؟ فقال له: إذا خلوت في بيتك نهارا أو ليلا أليس تصلي؟ فقال: بلى. فقال: فلمن تصلي؟ فقال: لله عز وجل. قال: فكيف تكون منافقا وأنت تصلي لله عز وجل لا لغيره؟.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ya’qoub bin Yazid, from Muhammed bin Abi Umayr, from Abdullah bin Sinan, that he said: We were sitting in the place of Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, as a man from the sitting said to him: May I be sacrificed for you, O son of Allah’s Messenger, do you fear for me that I am a hypocrite? So he said to him: If you are alone in your house at day or at night, do you pray? So he said: Sure. Then he said: So who do you pray to? He said: To Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He. He said: Then how can you be a hypocrite while you pray to Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, not to others?