Hadith on Allah: Do you think Allah hears us talking?

Ibn Mas’ud reported: Gathered by the House were two men of Quraysh and one or two men of Thaqif. The Qurayshi men had a lot of fat on their bellies and little understanding in their hearts. One of them said, “Do you think Allah hears what we say?” The other said, “He hears us if we are loud but does not hear us if we are quiet.” Another said, “If Allah hears us if we are loud, he also hears us if we are quiet.” Then, Allah Almighty revealed the verse, “You were not covering yourselves, lest your hearing, your sight, and your skins testify against you. Rather, you assumed that Allah does not know much of what you are doing.” (41:22)

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 4539, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2775

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَالَ اجْتَمَعَ عِنْدَ الْبَيْتِ قُرَشِيَّانِ وَثَقَفِيٌّ أَوْ ثَقَفِيَّانِ وَقُرَشِيٌّ كَثِيرَةٌ شَحْمُ بُطُونِهِمْ قَلِيلَةٌ فِقْهُ قُلُوبِهِمْ فَقَالَ أَحَدُهُمْ أَتُرَوْنَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَسْمَعُ مَا نَقُولُ قَالَ الْآخَرُ يَسْمَعُ إِنْ جَهَرْنَا وَلَا يَسْمَعُ إِنْ أَخْفَيْنَا وَقَالَ الْآخَرُ إِنْ كَانَ يَسْمَعُ إِذَا جَهَرْنَا فَإِنَّهُ يَسْمَعُ إِذَا أَخْفَيْنَا فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَسْتَتِرُونَ أَن يَشْهَدَ عَلَيْكُمْ سَمْعُكُمْ وَلَا أَبْصَارُكُمْ وَلَا جُلُودُكُمْ وَلَٰكِن ظَنَنتُمْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَعْلَمُ كَثِيرًا مِّمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ

4539 صحيح البخاري كتاب تفسير القرآن باب وذلكم ظنكم الذي ظننتم بربكم أرداكم فأصبحتم من الخاسرين

2775 صحيح مسلم كتاب صفات المنافقين وأحكامهم