Forbiddance of Showing Off
From Kitab At Tauhid
By Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab
© Dar-us-Salam Publications
Say (O Muhammad ): "I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilâh (God) is One Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord." (Al Kahf: Ayah 110)
Muslim reported the following Marfu' Hadith from Abu Hurairah that Allah said:
"I am most independent and free from needing associates. Whoever performs a deed while associating partners with Me (doing so for others along with Me) I will leave him, along with his setting up of associates to Me (Shirk)."
Ahmad reported the following Marfu' Hadith from Abu Sa'id (Al-Kudri) that the Prophet said:
"Shall I not tell you what I fear for you more than the false Messiah?" The Companions said, "Indeed, O Messenger of Allah." He said, "Inconspicuous Shirk, as, when a person improves his rendering of Salat when he know that others are watching."
Important issues of the Chapter
Explanation of the verse in Surah Al-Kahf (18:110)
The great issue that a good deed, if it was joined other with Allah in any way, is fully rejected.
Allah's absolute self sufficiency is the reason (of the rejection of the good deed, if it is not done purely for Him).
Another reason is that He is the Best than those who are given share in worship (i.e. false deities of disbelievers).
The fear, the Prophet had of Riya', for his Companions.
He explained Riya' by expressing the state of a person performing prayer for Allah, but he improves his rendering of the Salat when he knows that others are looking at him.