Does Riya take one out of the fold of Islam?

Question ID: 32814

Scenario: Zayd gives the Magrib Azaan with the hope that people say ‘wow, mashaAllah Zayd has a beautiful azaan.’ This is his intention rather than than doing it for the pleasure of Allah.

1. Is this riya?
2. Is this minor shirk?
3. If this is minor shirk, does this mean that Zayd has become a Mushrik and he has left the fold of Islam as his intention of giving the azaan was to gain popularity and praise from the people or will he still be counted as a Muslim despite his intention being insincere?
4. Would riya alone ever take one out of Islam even if one believes in Allah and His Messenger?

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Asked on March 30, 2017 1:19 pm
Private answer

1) Yes.
2) Yes.
3) No.
4) No.

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Answered on April 9, 2017 7:56 pm