It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – used to say, “If it were not for the munâfiqûn, you would feel all alone in the streets (the streets would be empty).”

It is also reported that Al-Sha’bî – Allâh have mercy on him – said the same thing, “If it were not for the munâfiqûn, you would feel all alone in the streets (the streets would be empty).”

It is reported that Mâlik b. Dînâr – Allâh’s mercy be upon him – said, “I swear, if the munâfiqûn started growing tails, the believers wouldn’t find a spot of ground to walk on.”

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ articles 936-938.