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    Warning against something and then doing it myself

    Question: If I exhort my brothers and warn them against some sins, but fall into these sins myself, am I considered a hypocrite? Please advise me, (and) may Allaah reward you with good.

    Response: It is obligatory upon you to repent from the sins and exhort your brothers against them. And it is not permissible for you to continue (committing) sins and not advise your brothers, because (doing) this is
    combining two sins. So it is upon you to repent to Allaah from that, in addition to advising your brothers. This does not make you a hypocrite, however, it does place you in that (state) which is condemned as blameworthy by Allaah in His (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) saying:

    {Most hateful it is with Allaah that you say that which you do not do}, [Soorah as-Saff, Aayah 3];

    {Enjoin you al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allaah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture! Have you then no sense?}, [Soorah al-Baqarah, Aayah 44]

    And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu
    `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

    This answer was giving by the following commitee consisting of the most noble scholars :-

    The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising -
    Head: Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz;
    Member: Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan
    Member: Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan;
    Member: Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh;
    Member: Shaykh Bakar 'Abdullaah Abu Zayd

    Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., - Volume 12, Page 268, Question 2 of
    Fatwa No.16920