“No indeed! They are the corrupters, but they are not aware of it.” (Surat al-Baqara, 12)
What does they are not aware of it mean? It means they are not conscious of it. And what do you need to be unconscious? The brain has to be out of action. The personality becomes egocentric and it comes under the influence of satan. Bediuzzamanalso sets that out. If arrogance cannot be halted, then the whole body and personality becomes egocentric. The hypocrite begins speaking with a satanic intelligence and enters into amazing details. Someone totally ignorant of religion can only speak so knowledgeably if satan speaks through his mouth. Allah creates them as tools of corruption. The hypocrites appears to be full of fear of Allah, with his robe and turban, the way he recites the prayer beads and has memorized so much information and makes the most wonderful statements. The hypocrites in the time of our Prophet (saas) said that our Prophet (saas) was spreading corruption, may Allah forbid. That is the classic hypocrite style. They say they are fleeing corruption. You ask who they are, and they say, “I am a purifier.” Where did you get that from? From the faith of my ancestors, they say. You ask if there is a verse of the Qur’an about it, and he says he cannot understand the Qur’an. The Qur’an is what the hypocrite avoids. The hypocrite never wants to admit that the Qur’an is sufficient. He takes the bits that suit him, but not that do not. The hypocrite never wants to admit the truth of the verses about the sufficiency of the Qur’an and is reluctant to read them. He is unwilling to think about them. They disturb him. He may interpret a few verses according to his own mind and in a superficial sense. Allah explains that in a verse. He says they twist their tongues. They change their meaning and use them to produce interpretations which are the exact opposite of the Qur’an, against Muslims. They never want to read the verses about the sufficiency of the Qur’an, and that is how one can identify hypocrites.
Almighty Allah speaks of three stages of hypocrisy. They first produce strife among Muslims. Then they make preparations to flee, but do not do so. Because they are afraid of being belittled by Muslims. They do not flee directly. They come up with excuses, saying their homes are exposed. Then after they flee they accuse you of corruption. To ease their consciences. The hypocrite says he is a purifier out of pride. They claim that Muslims spread corruption while they purify matters. The hypocrite is always trying to ease his own mind.“It was merely that they wanted to run away,” says Allah. This is the flight stage. Sometimes they lie directly. "Their homes were not exposed” Allah says. But in the second stage, the hypocrite wants to flee. But that home does not belong to him in any case, does it? And it is not exposed. There has to be a home where one can live as a Muslim. Your wish to flee there, to a home where people do not live as Muslims, is in any case a hypocritical state of affairs. But the verse also says they lie directly.
They made their oaths into a cloak and barred the Way of Allah..”Hypocrisy needs a shelter, a place to hide. That is what this verse means. For example, they hide behind the robe and the turban. They hide behind the prayer or reciting the names of Allah. They produce some nonsense and hide behind that. They do not abide by the Qur’an. They do not believe in the sufficiency of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is literally toxic to the hypocrite. They do not want the Qur’an totally. They only want the parts of the Qur’an that suit them. They try to obtain them by twisting their tongues. Allah notes this as a major characteristic of the hypocrite.
Allah knows those who are obstructive: "Allah knows those who say, ‘Come to us’.” (Surat al-Ahzab, 18) Hypocrites may be one’s blood brothers or come from the same place. “They say come to us”, so where will they go? The hypocrite invites people to his own place of filth. Allah speaks of“The obstructors...” They obstruct, they do all in their power to obstruct. They obstruct actively. They hold people back from going. But if that does not work, they call on people to come to them instead. “They fight only a very little” says Allah. They go because they are not strong enough for a difficult fight. The other way is easy. It is easy to finger one’s prayer beads and put a turban on. Lying on one’s side is easy. Talking against Muslims is also easy. Slandering Muslims is easy. But active struggle against disbelief and Darwinists and materialists, atheists and communists, is difficult. They do not get involved in that. But opposing Muslims is easy. The Qur’an notes that. They do not engage in difficult fighting. “[They were] begrudging toward you." They do not want Muslims to have an easy time. If they do, it makes them suffer. They are parsimonious and selfish. They think of themselves. They are unwilling to give anything away. They want to get back anything they do give away. If they cannot, they suffer. If they have served, they regret having done so. For example, if they have preached they then try to be obstructive by doing the opposite, by preaching disbelief and irreligion.
There is something wrong with their facial expressions. Muslims can sense that. It is reflected in their faces. They are weak. That is one of the signs reflected in hypocrites. “When fear departs,” when the enemy move away or flee, or when they find themselves in safety, “they flay you with sharp tongues, grasping for wealth.”Allah says their tongues are sharp. So Allah gives them sharp tongues. The hypocrite speaks the words of satan. The hypocrite’s spoken and written words are harsh. They have a satanic intelligence. Bediuzzaman says they have an amazing intelligence, because satan is in their souls. Hypocrites have a devilish intelligence. They obstruct people by criticizing them with their harsh tongues. Believers are of course unaffected by that. Their faith just grows. “Such people have no belief.” Allah says they never truly believed. “Allah will make their actions come to nothing.“ They strive, but in vain. They constantly work against Muslims and talk against them here and there. But what happens? Allah ensures their actions come to nothing.