It’s said that, in one of the masjids (mosques) the congregation became thrilled with the large attendance.
They said to the imam: “O Imam, at a guess how many would you say attended this prayer”? The imam replied to them, saying “Not a single person”.
Someone, out of shock and despair said sarcastically and with clear disrespect “Are you blind”?
The imam replied them thus:
“The blind one is he who turns his face to the Qibla, but turns his back on the orphans and the poor. The blind one is he who prostrates before Allah, but is arrogant toward His (Allah’s) slaves.
“The blind one is he who is among the first in the front row of prayer in the masjid, but is not to be found in the ranks of the hungry or those who speak out in (upholding) the truth. The blind one is he who gives in charity once in a while, but has ability to give always.
“The blind one is he who can fast the siyām, not partaking in food, but does not abandon harām. The blind one is he who circumambulates the House of Allah, but does not go around in search of those suffering in desperate need.
“The blind one is he who rises to the call to prayer (azān), but does not rise for his parents (out of respect and mercy). The blind one is he who prays and fasts, but cheats in his buying and selling.
“The blind one is he who stands before Allah in prayer, but his heart is swollen with hatred, dislike, enmity and looking down at other people. The blind one is he who has a contradiction between his religious practices, his character and personal conduct but does nothing to correct.
“The blind one is he who prays, prostrates and fasts, but oppresses and supports oppression. The blind one is he who prays, but his hands are stained with the blood of the innocent”. (Astagfrillah).