Issue About Intentions For Worship Acts In The Context Of Rayakari (showing Off)
My question is that assalaam u alaykum, i have to clear an understanding, with which I’m but clear since long time and get thoughts regarding it. As in the case of RiyaKari, we have heard that this is shirk as we hear it as a lesser shirk or hidden shirk, where we see that a person worships Allah, but not for the sake of Allah, to earn regards through Him by pleasing Him. But the man worships Allah for the sake of showing people and building an elevated image in mind of people regarding himself. So it’s shirk because he does worship Allah but not for Allah, for something else ( which the case of showing off and building image).
Then i also got to know that from a man of knowledge in YouTube named ‘Shaikh Assim Al Hakeem’ that it is also shirk if a person takes money or benefit from people for his own Namaz or worship. That is also shirk. And again to my mind it fits perfectly in the definition above that a person worships Allah (in form of namaz) not for the sake of Allah but to get money or a benefit from people.
But then later some questions arise in my mind that we hear Hadith like this,
Sunan Abi Dawud 495
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Command your children to pray when they become seven years old, and beat them for it (prayer) when they become ten years old; and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately.
We see that we are told to command and further punish them for not praying, so question comes in mind that wouldn’t punishing the child compel the child to pray but not for sake of Allah but because of fear of getting beaten. In other words, they pray namaz but not for Allah, but to save themselves from punishment from parents.
So can you explain how to reconcile between this apparent clash?
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