The hypocrite is a terrible coward. He is afraid something bad will happen to him. That is why he foolishly first sets about trying to find a defect in Muslims and says, "they are flawed in this respect. But I have a great deal of takwa (faithfulness), so what am I doing with them?” But Bediuzzaman says, "running away from a fly they wall into the jaws of a snake.” They end up in hell, in other words. Bad things, disease or troubles, afflict them. Allah brings them down and destroys them. The hypocrite is very pleased with himself. Bediuzzaman says, "hypocrites are very clever, they have a devilish intelligence.” They are specially created to have that intelligence. “They act with a quickness of mind,” he says. He says it is easy to listen to their gilded words. They speak of the Sunnah, and of takwa, of the Qur’an and of dominion. They speak of the Qur’an because they are well acquainted with it. They know it, but it has no place in their hearts. It is on their tongues, but not in their hearts. One verse says “you listen to them if they speak.” And they describe things very comprehensively. They try to approach Muslims from wherever they foolishly imagine they may be weak, in order to show off their great takwa. For example, if a Muslim is striving for Islamic Union, they will worry about the length of the ‘miswak,’ (teeth cleaning twig) instead. The hypocrite will look for ways to make life difficult for the Muslim. But most of all, he imagines himself to be protected since he is protected from the dangers that may befall Muslims. Denouncing Muslims and having them arrested and oppressed, trying to wear them down and discourage them, and collaborating with disbelief and polytheists are all characteristics of the hypocrite.
But the hypocrite is literally like gas for a Muslim. He causes a huge increase in a Muslim’s mental capacities. Otherwise Muslims might be slothful. But the hypocrite is like adrenalin. Since the hypocrite acts freely and hides like a pig in its lair, he imagines that Allah protects him and will afflict troubles on Muslims. Since Muslims are engaged in a hard intellectual struggle, they will of course encounter trouble and woes. Hypocrites imagine they are protected, but hell is all around them. Hypocrites are given plenty of time. Almighty Allah says, “Do they imagine that, in the wealth and children We extend to them, We are hastening to them with good things?” in one verse. "Allah merely wants to punish them by them during their life in this world and for them to expire while they are unbelievers." He says. So they should suffer grave difficulties. Because Allah wants their sins to number in the thousands. Left to themselves and given enough time, they will commit 50,000 sins, not just 50. That is the system with hypocrites. Allah wants to portray that as acceptable since He is just.