Lesson – 28
Cheating by the Hypocrites
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 9 of 286, Section – 2 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
9. They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not.
9. Yukhaadi-‘uunAllaaha wal-laziina ‘aamanuu. Wa maa yakhda-‘uuna ‘illaaa ‘anfusa-hum wa maa yash-‘uruun.
Yukhaadi-‘uuna - (They cheat, beguile). This word has been made from khada-‘a, which means “To hide evil in the heart and to show oneself a good friend, so that the other person may be deceived, and kept in delusion”.
‘Anfusa-hum (Their lives, souls), it is plural of nafs, which means “Oneself”
Wa maa yash-‘uruun. (and they do not perceive). This word has been derived from Sha’uur, according to Arabic language; it means “to understand, to perceive”. Here it aims “internal perception”. The aim is that they have fallen in self-delusion. But they do not know about their folly.
In the previous lesson, it was told about the Hypocrites that: whatever they say by their tongues, their hearts do not accept it, and whatever they keep in their hearts, they do not say that with their tongue. They say themselves ‘Muslim’ only either for getting favor and benefits from the Muslims or to be saved themselves from their seizure. In addition, some more detail about their act of hypocrisy has been described in this lesson. They have been committing the crimes of deception and cheating also; besides the infidelity. Opposing the Truth, their courage has increased so much that; according to their thinking, they have been deceiving God Almighty too. During the period of Last Prophet; Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), they used to join and attend the conferences of the Muslim and consultations, reinstate their confidence with Muslims and keep conspiracy also with the infidels secretly, informing them the matters of Muslims and in the form of friends, they used to stab in the backs of the Believers.
This evil behavior of the Hypocrites is censurable particularly because they try to cheat the Believers. Keeping someone in delusion and misleading others is their religion. Not only the Believers, but have they thought that they would succeed by deceiving God Almighty also. How much they are senseless, that a creature thinks to deceive his Creator. Therefore, Allah Almighty says in His Holy Word, Al-Qur’aan: They are ignorant, do not perceive and have not decency of the Truth. They suppose that ignorance is intelligence and wisdom is folly.