On the censure of being two-faced

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

259. Chapter: On the censure of being two-faced

Allah Almighty says, "They try to conceal themselves from people, but they cannot conceal themselves from Allah. He is with them when they spend the night saying things which are not pleasing to Him. Allah encompasses everything they do." (W4:107;4:108)

1540. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "You will find people to be mines. The best of them in the Jahiliyya are the best of them in Islam when they have understanding. You will find the best of people in this business (of command) to be those who dislike it the most, and you will find the worst of people are the two-faced who come to these people with one face and those people with another face." [Agreed upon]

1541. Muhammad ibn Zayd said that some people said to his grandfather, 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar, "We visit our sultans and speak differently to them than we do when we leave them." He said, "In the time of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, we used to consider this hypocrisy." [al-Bukhari]