What is the ruling on leaving righteous actions due to the fear of showing off?
Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalī:
This is not permissible. This is from the trickery of the Shayṭān in the minds of the believers – meaning he deprives him from the reward of righteous actions. So put your trust in Allāh and make your intention sincerely for Allāh and act [righteously] inwardly and outwardly.
Every time you have the opportunity then act and ask Allāh for two things;
- He makes your action a righteous one.
- He makes it sincerely for His Noble Face.
Supplicate and nothing will harm you. Likewise, after that the narrated supplication should not be forgotten by the Muslims,
‘O’ Allah, I seek refuge in you least I associate partners with you whilst knowing and I ask your forgiveness for that which you know.’
This removes the whispers [from the Shayṭān].
So Allāh’s help is sought in increasing the performance of the righteous deeds and the removal of those whispers which is a way to deprive the slave from carrying out righteous deeds.