Harun Yahya

The Hypocrite’s Immorality and Ruses (4/7)

The hypocrites are suspicious about everything; they imagine every detail to be against them

One of the most important signs that would differentiate between a guilty person and an innocent one is the peacefulness of the innocent and the unrest of the guilty. In all the countries of the world, guilty people give themselves away by their restless moods, their restless gazes analyzing their environment in fear, and their weird gestures and mimics. Such people always live in the fear of being exposed, being caught, being humiliated and disgraced. After committing their offenses, they withdraw to their cavities, in other words their solitude, and get into a fearful wait, 'like wild animals' fleeing from people do. They hide in darkness and hope not to be noticed.
This exactly reflects the hypocrites' psychological state because they have sick souls that constantly commit crimes and tell lies to cover those crimes. All through their lives, they treacherously devise sneaky plans. For that reason, they always feel the fear of getting caught and being spotted any moment.
The reason why the hypocrites fear being spotted so much is because they are in love with and are rigorously devoted to this world. ‘Being humiliated, discredited, disgraced as the crimes they committed are exposed’ is the greatest disaster for the hypocrites. Hypocrites fear being humiliated like they fear death. Even the possibility of a lie or malice of theirs being exposed hurts them as if someone is mincing their flesh. For them, the possibility of their prestige being harmed feels like the end of life. They do not fear God but are scared to death of people’s opinion.
On the other hand, the dimensions of this tormented fear the hypocrites experience in their souls are many times more than that of other guilty people. That is because the hypocrites incessantly commit crimes and tell lies. Every single day that they live among Muslims and at all hours of the day they commit a different malice. They steal, they cast slanders, they set traps, they ally with the unbelievers, they spy on Muslims. Consequently, every offense they commit increases their fear even more. This comes to such a point in time that their souls start to be shaken by the severity of their fear and suspicions, and go through fierce tides.
God describes this 'paranoid frame of mind' of the hypocrites in a verse saying that 'they imagine every cry to be against them':
... They imagine every cry to be against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. God fight them! How they are perverted! (Surat al-Munafiqun, 4)

With this verse God reveals Muslims one of the weakest points of the hypocrites. The hypocrites imagine every conversation, every movement, and every situation around them to be against them because of their fear of being caught. Even the slightest move, the smallest stirring, the smallest utterance makes them suspicious and uneasy. They are fearful that their crimes would be noticed and this constant anxiety gnaws them away.
Whenever Muslims converse among themselves, the hypocrites instantly cock an ear and check whether or not they are talking about them. They take offense from an irrelevant conversation and kick up a row saying 'Are you talking about me?' If Muslims talk about the importance of being honest, feeling guilty because of the constant lies they keep telling, they say, "Are they insinuating me?" or "They are calling me a liar." If Muslims talk about the importance of being hardworking, they cause disturbance saying, "Are you calling me lazy?" If they see someone looking at them, they start grumbling, "They are watching me all the time, they are surveilling my movements." If they see someone not looking at them, they start making 'fake speeches about being treated unjustly' slandering others with accusations of not loving, not paying attention and not taking care of them, saying; "They are turning their eyes away from me on purpose. They are avoiding me." If Muslims talk about the importance of avoiding extravagance, they say, "They have eyes on what I eat! They keep a tally of what I eat and drink." If Muslims beside them go somewhere else, they would cause problems saying, "They are trying to keep away from me. They do not want to sit with me."
This is how every moment of the hypocrites passes by: with suspicions, delusions and paranoid thoughts. This fearful state of mind gets on their nerves severely in time and causes them to adopt an aggressive, hostile, mean-spirited attitude. For that reason one of the common characteristics of the hypocrites is their being noisy, disagreeable and aggressive.
This skeptical and paranoid attitude of the hypocrites peaks when they are around God-fearing Muslims who’ve become the spiritual leaders and guides of other Muslims with the beautiful morality they display. That is because the people the hypocrites are most suspicious of are those Muslims they regard as the wisest and the most devout. These are also the people who are most likely to spot their hypocrisy. For instance at the time of our Prophet (pbuh), the hypocrites regarded every word, every advice of the Messenger of God (pbuh) with suspicion and adopted an aggressive and mean-spirited attitude towards him. That is because they were aware that our Prophet (pbuh) had a superior intelligence and could very well spot insincerity and malice; so they were very afraid. Our Prophet's (pbuh) ability to identify people, his wisdom and intelligence were almost a nightmare for the hypocrites. God informs us in a verse that the hypocrites feared that a surah would be sent down informing our Prophet (pbuh) of the malice in their hearts and would reveal their filth:
The hypocrites are afraid that a surah may be sent down about them, informing them of what is in their hearts. Say: “Go on mocking! God will expose everything you are afraid of.” (Surat at-Tawba, 64)

The hypocrites were terrified that with the revelation and help of God, the Prophet (pbuh) would be informed about what they have been doing and were on thorns about it. Of course this did not stem from their belief in God or the revelation. But they were thinking that the Prophet (pbuh) would somehow see their insincerity and expose it. That increased their aggression even further, and they interpreted every advice and every word of his to be against them and got suspicious.
However, as God states in the continuance of the verse, “God will expose everything you are afraid of”. All the traps of the hypocrites are created in a way that they will certainly be exposed and thwarted. The thing the hypocrites fear the most will certainly come true and the end they were suspicious of will definitely find them and God will absolutely inflict defeat on them.
The hypocrites believe that Muslims are ‘simple-minded’ but consider themselves to be ‘the wisest people in the world’
In a verse, God informs us that some people who are called on to have sincere faith say, “Are we to believe in the way that fools believe?”:
When they are told, “Believe in the way that the people believe,” they say, “What! Are we to believe in the way that fools believe?” No indeed! They are the fools, but they do not know it. (Surat al-Baqara, 13)
The example given in the verse clearly shows ‘hypocrites’ frame of mind’ and ‘their view of Muslims’. The hypocrites consider themselves to be the ‘wisest people’ in the world. In actual fact, the hypocrites don’t have ‘wisdom’ because wisdom is a blessing which God grants people only if they have faith in Him. But since the hypocrites don’t have wisdom, they can’t realize neither ‘their unwiseness’ nor ‘Muslims’ outstanding wisdom’. Because of their foolishness, they believe Muslims to be ‘fools’. However, ‘hypocrites are the foolish ones but they are not aware of this truth’; God informs this truth in the verse with these words, “They are the fools, but they do not know it.”
Due to their unwise assessment, the hypocrites think that Muslims cannot realize their insidiousness, immorality and fatuousness. However, Muslims do realize every evil sign on them with God’s guidance via the Qur’an and the strong wisdom that God granted them.

Lying takes the form of a ‘mental disease’ in the hypocrites

The hypocrites need to continue their impostures perpetually, support each of their ruses with another one and keep strengthening their evil acts in order to survive in the sneaky lifestyle they built for themselves. While preserving this vile system, ‘lying’ is one of the immoralities that they need and make use of the most.
For the hypocrites who base their lives on ‘double-dealing, insidiousness, impostures and ruses’, ‘lying is an ordinary and random activity just as breathing’. The hypocrite wouldn’t be a hypocrite without lying. According to the hypocrites’ feeble minds, being honest will not gain them anything; on the contrary, it will make them lose a lot and risk all their benefits. Therefore, the hypocrites have adopted lies as an important part of their lives and they have become spending a huge part of their daily lives telling lies.
There is one more thing that should be known about the hypocrites. They use lies for all sorts of evil purposes; for example they lie ‘to play dirty tricks, to cast slanders, to cheat on people, to portray Muslims as bad people, to entrap and render them unsuccessful, and to support the unbelievers’. But after a while this habit of theirs turns into an almost ‘mental disease’ for them. They start to lie in every phase of their lives in any subject, ‘even in inconsequential or purposeless ones’, and without any sign of shame or embarrassment on their faces. This attracts the attention of the people around them. Everything they say is very exaggerated, like a tale, utopian and rare. They tell ‘illogical and exaggerated’ stories. One may tell about how ‘he swam across the Bosphorus when he was a child, or how a car passed over him and he just stood up as nothing happened to him’. Yet another may tell about how ‘birds alighted on her head and walked with her on the street for hundreds of meters’.
Another character trait that remark lies of the hypocrites is that ‘they forget their previous lies and make contradictory speeches’. They say something in the morning, and something totally different at night. They may say, ‘I haven’t slept at all last night’ and five minutes later they may start telling a whole different story saying, ‘I have slept through well, and I had so many dreams until the morning’.
Muslims are very honest and greatly conscientious people. They know that lying is a moral disorder that God prohibited. They seek refuge in God from telling any harmful or harmless lies. Even if they would suffer grievance due to telling the truth, they never condescend to such a thing. They fear God and always tell the truth of everything. So much so that when a little detail of a subject is left unstated and may lead to some misunderstanding, they correct it and make sure that it is understood properly.
The hypocrites, who live among such deeply conscientious people, make a huge contrast with their impostures and naturally attract attention. Muslims immediately understand that these people don’t have normal intelligence or conscience and they take their precautions accordingly. The hypocrites on the other hand, do not realize that they have been spotted, so they continue to tell lies carelessly.

The hypocrites use lies to struggle against Muslims

In the Qur’an, God tells Muslims about the hypocrites’ habit of ‘lying’ with the verse, “... so abandon them and all they fabricate’’ (Surat al-An’am, 112).
In another verse He tells about this immoral habit of hypocrites, saying “... they are truly liars” (Surat al-Hashr, 11). The hypocrites tell lots of lies in order to cover their secret activities and impostures they engage in. They then need more lies to cover their previous lies. As a result of this, they continuously tell lies to Muslims’ faces from morning till night without any shame.
Another significant feature of the hypocrites is that ‘there is no sign of shame, embarrassment or blush on their faces while lying’. They can talk for hours based on obvious lies, without any uneasiness, in an enormously cheeky and inglorious way.
One other remarkable trait of hypocrites is that ‘they lie dimwittedly’. There are some people among unbelievers who tell lies too; and this is no doubt wrong. However, unbelievers try to tell lies ‘shrewdly’ in their own way. They don’t leave any evidence behind, that can refute their lies, thus the false nature of their statements can be found out only with difficulty.
However, this is not the case with the hypocrites. Hypocrites’ all lies are ‘dimwitted’, ‘easily provable to be a lie’ and ‘based on unwise reasoning’. They forget what they have just said, and after a while they deny it. First they say, ‘Today I have never been there’ and then after a while they say ‘No, I have been there the whole day’. When they are reminded of what they have said earlier, they say ‘No, I didn’t say that, how did you come up with it, you are wrong’. And then they start quarrelsomeness and try to incriminate the other party saying, ‘You are slandering me out of the blue, and blaming me with mendacity.’
This ‘extreme fatuity’ of the hypocrites and their ‘dimwitted and inept techniques in lying’ is a ‘plague’ cast upon them due to their insincerity. From the Muslims’ perspective, however, it is an example of God’s support and protection on Muslims. In this way, Muslims can easily spot the hypocrites’ lies and take precautions.
Hypocrites lie among Muslims for various purposes. At the top of the list is surely their ‘wish to harm Muslims from within and to hide their secret cooperation with the unbelievers’. They also resort to lying ‘to hide their abjectness, insidiousness, impostures and insincerity’. The hypocrites also use lies as an evil weapon ‘to defend and purify themselves, to hide the signs of hypocrisy on them, and thus portray themselves as sincere Muslims’. Sometimes, the hypocrites try ‘to consolidate lies with other sneaky methods’ into a ‘much more demonic defense mechanism’. They wish to make their lies more convincing by means of ‘slandering, crying, clamoring and sometimes being aggressive’. When Muslims reveal their lies, the hypocrites blame them of ‘slandering’. When they are told “You are lying’’ they continue to act disgustingly saying “I haven’t told a lie, why are you slandering me?’’ While doing all these, ‘they swear by God’ to emphasize ‘how well-intentioned they are’, just as God states in the Qur’an, “... they will swear, ‘We only desired the best.’ But God bears witness that they are truly liars.’’ (Surat at-Tawba, 107). In the verse, God tells that they are ‘lying’.
In another verse, with the words “... They will swear by God,” God points to this method of the hypocrites once again. God reveals that hypocrites swear by God as if they had faith and were sincere Muslims. In the continuance of the verse, God states that hypocrites will be disappointed both in this world and in the hereafter: “They are destroying their own selves. God knows that they are lying.” (Surat at-Tawba, 42)

Hypocrites try to whitewash themselves by slandering Muslims

One of the sneaky games of hypocrites is ‘the habit of slandering’ sincere Muslims in every opportunity. In order to ‘dissipate clouds of doubts on him, to get rid of the image of a guilty person and to whitewash themselves’, the hypocrites always try to ‘play the victim’. Their purpose is to portray themselves as ‘innocent people’ who are ‘needlessly suspected’. However, this is of course yet another sick plan of the hypocrites. They think that the more they are seen as victims, the wider space they will be able to open for themselves to freely carry out their treachery. They believe that one of the shortest and effective ways to reach this goal is to ‘slander Muslims’.
Almost every word of hypocrites contains ‘an open or hidden hint of being treated unjustly’. In order to prove this so-called victimization, they tell a lot of lies and slander Muslims. This path they follow is also a part of their sneaky plan. By slandering, they aim both to defame Muslims, whom they hate, and to extol themselves by portraying themselves as ‘victim and innocent’. In their own feeble minds, they think that they will be able to undermine the trust in Muslims, all the while strengthening others’ trust in themselves and improving their own prestige.
However, the hypocrites can’t bring forward a slander without any so-called proof. With inspirations from satan, they first plan the subject sneakily and strengthen their groundwork. In order to form a substructure for the slander they will cast, they specially manipulate events in the way they want. And then when the time comes, they produce fake retrospective evidence. After they establish a strong substructure in time, they start to implement their plan.
The hypocrites meticulously choose the subjects to be used while slandering. Their slanders are generally based on a reasoning that praises themselves and speaks ill of Muslims. For example, they claim that, ‘despite all their sincerity, good intentions and effort, Muslims are inconsiderate that they display bad morality, lie, behave badly, are unjust, slander them and exclude them deliberately’. In these slanders, they portray Muslims as almost the worst people in the world, who especially adopt very bad attitudes toward them. In the meantime, they portray themselves always as the innocent ones who are striving in good purpose, yet are always wrongly diagnosed, who are misunderstood, and the victims who do not have any other purpose than goodness. But these all are ‘fictionalized lies’ in line with satan’s morality. Indeed, the hypocrites directly confederate with satan in applying this plan, as they do in all their actions. In the Qur’an, God tells us that the people with whom the satans cooperate are those who ‘intentionally assert what is false’, ‘are fond of sin’ and ‘are liars’. With all these features, ‘the hypocrites’ immorality’ is exactly described:
Shall I tell you upon whom the satans descend? They descend on every sinful liar. (Surat ash-Shu’ara’, 221-222)

It is possible to give numerous examples of the hypocrites’ slandering methods. For instance, ‘one of the things that the hypocrites least want is doing activities that will benefit Islam and Muslims’. However, while Muslims are spreading the message of God night and day, they don’t contribute in these efforts at all and they therefore need to whitewash themselves in order not to attract attention. For this they blame the ones around them. They make up false excuses such as, “I want to serve Islam very much but they don’t want to cooperate with me, they don’t give me any jobs to do, they don’t want my help or they prevent my efforts”.
The truth is hypocrites have many opportunities by which they can serve Islam, help Muslims. Besides, every time they say, “I want to do an activity and help you’’, they are asked, “Okay, then can you work on so-and-so subject?’’ But the hypocrites don’t do any of them deliberately. ‘Their intention in saying these words has not been for serving Islam’ in the first place. Their only intention is finding excuses for slandering and disturbing others. They are also aware that they are not useful at all and are not helping Muslims on any subject; they think that they can cover this image with clamoring and being vicious. They imagine that, in people's minds they can create the perception that ‘they do want but are unable to do anything since they are not allowed to’. However, Muslims are intelligent enough to differentiate between the attitudes of those who sincerely want to serve and of those who sneakily and immorally escape it.
There are hundreds of such examples that can be given. For instance, the hypocrites can ‘even use sensitive matters, such as health’ when they need it as an element of slandering. For example, when they are served a very nice and fresh meal, they claim that ‘the food is stale’. If they see a tiny rottenness in the corner of a fruit they have been served, they assert imaginary scenarios, and say “They gave me this one deliberately, they don’t care about my health.” Even if they are allergic due to dust in the room, they say “They left it dusty here on purpose, they put my life in danger.” When Muslims say nice things and compliment them, they say, “They mock and ridicule me.” When Muslims want to help them with their work, they say, “They imply that I am incompetent.”
Such slanders never come to an end as long as the hypocrites continue to stay among Muslims. Even though they know that Muslims are the people who are the most conscientious and honest people they can ever meet, they want to ‘cause disturbance and hurt Muslims trying to defame these immaculate people’. However, all they do results in benevolence for Muslims and punishment for the hypocrites. God states in the Qur’an that the hypocrites who tell lies and slander will encounter a painful punishment in the hereafter:
Woe to every wicked liar who hears the signs of God recited to him and then persists in his arrogance just as if he had never heard them. Give him the news of a painful punishment. (Surat al-Jathiyya, 7-8)

With their slanders, hypocrites especially want to defame the messengers, who are Muslims’ spiritual leaders

With their slanders, the hypocrites aim to ‘cause an atmosphere of unrest and disturbance among Muslims, make them fall out with each other, and harm the trust they feel for one another’. In this matter, their primary targets are ‘God’s messengers and spiritual leaders of Muslims, whose wisdom, good morality and words are most trusted, and who are known to be the most pious, honest and fair’. Telling lies, bending the truth and casting aspersions, hypocrites continuously try to prove them wrong in their own feeble minds, and try to make them seen by Muslims as supposedly ‘unfair and unreliable’. In the Qur’an, God informs this evil method of the hypocrites as follows:
Who could do greater wrong than someone who invents lies against God thus leading people astray without any knowledge? God does not guide the people of the wrongdoers. (Surat al-An‘am, 144)

Throughout history, hypocrites have used these insidious tactics and tried to stir the same strife in Muslim communities, trying to cast the same aspersions on the prophets, messengers and God’s righteous servants. The Prophet Joseph (pbuh) was accused with the slander of ‘soliciting the wife of the Vizier with whom he stayed in Egypt’; and as a result of the woman’s statements based on lies, he stayed in dungeon for years. This case clearly shows how raving mad people with hypocritical characters who don’t fear God, who don’t think that they’ll be brought to account in the hereafter and who perfidiously lie for self-benefits can become.
In the Qur’an we are told that ‘it was actually the wife of the Vizier who wanted to get closer to the Prophet Joseph (pbuh)’ and when Joseph (pbuh) refused her ‘she lied and slandered him’:
The woman whose house it was solicited him. She barred the doors and said, “Come over here!” He said, “God is my refuge! He is my lord and has been good to me with where I live. Those who do wrong will surely not succeed.” (Surah Yusuf, 23)
They raced to the door. She tore his shirt at the back. They met her husband by the door. She said, “How should a man whose intention was to harm your family be punished for what he did except with prison or painful punishment?” (Surah Yusuf, 25)
The Vizier’s wife openly lied saying ‘How should a man whose intention was to harm your family be punished for what he did except with prison or painful punishment?’. She slandered the Prophet Joseph (pbuh) and caused him to stay in dungeon undeservedly. With the verse; “… [Her husband] said: ‘The source of this is women’s deviousness. Without a doubt your guile is very great.’” (Surah Yusuf, 28), it is explained that the Vizier understood that Joseph (pbuh) was innocent and he was slandered by a ‘great guile’. Indeed, in another verse we are told that Joseph (pbuh) was kept in dungeon undeservedly, even though it was clearly understood that he was innocent: “Then, after they had seen the signs [of his chastity], they thought that they should still imprison him for a time” (Surah Yusuf, 35).
This incident told in the Qur’an reveals the scale of the slanders and ploys of the people who do not have fear of God. In this incident, the Prophet Joseph’s (pbuh) chastity was targeted. In fact subjects that hypocrites accuse Muslims of in their slanders are quite various. Especially when it comes to messengers of God or Muslims’ leaders, hypocrites -with their weak intelligence- target their ‘leading positions’ and try to give the impression that these individuals are ‘incapable’ and ‘inadequate’ (Surely these sacred personages are beyond all these). The pagans of the time were trying to accuse our Prophet (pbuh) of such things as ‘insanity’, ‘falsity’, ‘foolishness’, ‘soothsaying’, ‘poesy’ while hypocrites among Muslims aimed to cause Muslims suspect and lose their trust in the Prophet (pbuh) with detailed ruses, lies and slanders.
Today, hypocrites use the very same tactics in their sneaky struggle against spiritual leaders of the Muslims societies. Hypocrites are perfectly aware ‘how influential and successful these people are in elucidating the Islamic morality, dispelling the intellectual foundations of irreligiousness globally and especially opposing the hypocrites in the Islamic world’. That is why hypocrites choose them as their main targets. These sacred people’s existence is a crucial threat for hypocrites’ irreligious allies. The hypocrites are aware that these pious people have the wisdom, insight and foresight to notice their secret cooperation with the unbelievers and thwart their sneaky plans. In order to protect their evil system, they look for ways to rupture these peoples’ influence. And for this, almost in all subjects they try to put up a slanderous fight against these people. They sometimes make hidden or open implications, and sometimes explicit accusations.
In the Qur’an, this immorality of the hypocrites is explained in the words; “the men and women of the hypocrites who think bad thoughts’:
And so that He might punish the men and women of the hypocrites and the men and women of the idolaters –those who think bad thoughts about God. They will suffer an evil turn of fate. God is angry with them, and has cursed them and prepared hell for them. What an evil destination! (Surat al-Fath, 6)

Hypocrites’ devilish brains are sharp and they are very inventive in lying. ‘Making up a lie from scratch, enriching it and detailing it with dozens of fake evidences’ are all very easy for the hypocrites. They can instantly ‘write a tall-tale scenario’ and cast aspersions on Muslims with a totally unreal lie. For this purpose, they especially use ‘the past’ as evidence. They think that people may forget events in the past as time passes by, and details of events may become blurry. In line with this idea, they narrate untruthful stories from the past. This is just an effort to ‘create a negative public opinion’ among Muslims of targeted messengers or Muslims’ spiritual leaders. They think that they will be able to bolster up their current slander by showing as evidence some past incidents, which are all lies, such as “In the past, something happened like that in that place, and some other time something happened like that.’’
However, Muslims are ‘intelligent and attentive’ people. Especially ‘they are very meticulous in protecting their spiritual leader’ who they value much and consider to be superior in piety. Thus, the hypocrites’ slanderous efforts to ‘defame’ and ‘create a negative public opinion’ by showing evidence from the past don’t work on Muslims. On the contrary, it makes Muslims see their evilness and thus enable them to clearly diagnose their hypocrisy and be careful against them. Besides, they also know that ‘it is a sign of believers to be slandered’. Therefore, every slander that is tried to be cast on Muslims increases their love for one another. In the Qur’an, God informs us that the existence of hypocrites who live among Muslims and come up telling lies and casting slanders ‘is not bad but good' for Muslims:
There is a group of you who propagated the lie. Do not suppose it to be bad for you; rather it is good for you. Every one of them will incur the evil he has earned and the one who took it on himself to amplify it will receive a terrible punishment. (Surat an-Nur, 11)

For their sneaky games, hypocrites use ‘subliminal manipulation’

The hypocrites have various and numerous methods to use in their evil struggle that serves the purpose of fretting Muslims from within. One of them is ‘subliminal manipulation’ in sneaky ways to lead satan’s whispering to Muslims. With sneaky and insidious inculcations, they try to make Muslims have doubts about God, the Qur’an, the Prophet and Muslims – may God forbid.
As it is known, subliminal manipulation is an ‘efficient method’ which is today used for ‘training and directing people on various subjects, either for positive or negative goals’. Satan has always been using this method and encouraging the hypocrites to use it for evil purposes.
In fact today, satan and the hypocrites cooperate in ‘a powerful global campaign of subliminal manipulation in order to annihilate Islam and spread immorality and heresy instead.’ Unbelievers and hypocrites in the Islamic world have joined forces to spread all sorts of immorality, vileness, theft, prostitution, homosexuality and perversion. All of these people are trying to legitimate these perversions in the subconscious of people via televisions, writings they post on the Internet and social media, speeches they make, pictures, movies and information they share.
From the beginning of history, all of the hypocrites have used this method. In every era they struggled against Prophets and Muslims they have used this insidious technique. Pharaohs, Nimrods, Samiri, Qarun, the Vizier’s wife who slandered the Prophet Joseph (pbuh), wives of the Prophets Lot and Noah (peace be upon them both), the hypocrites who founded the al-Dirar Mosque, the hypocrites who ran away from war and did not fight along with our Prophet (pbuh); they all used ‘the method of subliminal manipulation’ in their speeches in order to be more effective.
For this, hypocrites have ascribed very sneaky meanings to their speeches ‘by means of the sentences and words they used, excuses they asserted, interpretations they made and questions they raised’ and they hoped to create a negative and corrosive effect on Muslim societies. They have devised sneaky ruses with this method especially in order to disgrace, in their own feeble minds, ‘Prophets, messengers and pious people’ who are in leading positions and whose wisdom, justice, love and compassion are trusted by all believers, and to bring them to a disreputable, untenable position among Muslims.

The hypocrites want to shatter the trust towards the prophets and Muslims using subliminal manipulation methods

In the Qur'an, there are plenty of examples of the hypocrites’ sneaky plots, which are concocted with subliminal manipulation methods. Especially in the era of our Prophet (pbuh), hypocrites, who tried to escape from joining struggle carried out by the Muslims, used this insidious method a lot. One of those examples can be seen in hypocrites’ manner who lied and came up with excuses in order not to go war together with our Prophet (pbuh) during Battle of Tabouk:
Those who were left behind were glad to stay behind the Messenger of God. They did not want to strive with their wealth and themselves in the Way of God. They said, ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat.’ (Surat at-Tawba, 81)

Since they didn't want to go out to strive, the hypocrites contested our Prophet (pbuh), while he was about to depart for the Battle of Tabouk. They made various speeches to present this attitude of theirs as reasonable and rightful. And then by saying ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat’ they called others for falling behind like themselves. In this way, they tried to prove that ‘they were supposedly right for their choice by persuading others to stay behind as well’. Thereupon, as it is reported in the accounts, about 80 people showing the characteristics of the hypocrites were allowed to stay behind instead of joining war with our Prophet (pbuh).
In the Qur'an, God stated that Muslims who have sincere faith never abstain from supporting the Prophet (pbuh). God reported that the ones who ask for permission without any reasonable justification are the ones ‘who don't believe in God and the Last Day, whose hearts are full of doubt’:
Those who believe in God and the Last Day do not ask you to excuse them from striving with their wealth and themselves. God knows the people who have piety. Only those who do not believe in God and the Last Day ask you to excuse them. Their hearts are full of doubt and in their doubt they waver to and fro. (Surat at-Tawba, 44-45)

Moreover, while the hypocrites beside our Prophet (pbuh) were saying, “Do not go out in the heat” their only goal was not ‘turning out to be right and finding some supporters’. With these words, hypocrites also devised to accomplish various evil objectives by causing mischief in many topics.
Hypocrites didn’t want to act along with our Prophet (pbuh) since ‘they were fond of their comfort’; ‘they dreaded that their goods and lives would come to harm’ and ‘they didn’t want to support Islam in any manner’. However, their main goal while making this speech was our Prophet (pbuh) for whom they felt a huge grudge, rage and jealousy. With their statement, “Do not go out to fight in the heat,” their main goal was to show our Prophet (pbuh) –surely our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond this- as one who is supposedly ‘unjust, unfair, who couldn’t think rationally, who couldn’t evaluate incidents rightly and who didn’t protect the interests of Muslims’. Hypocrites thought that thereby they would cause unrest among Muslims and supposedly harm our Prophet's (pbuh) credibility. Their goal was ‘causing others to look our Prophet (pbuh) with suspicion’ and on the other hand ‘showing themselves up’. Something supposedly our Prophet (pbuh) couldn’t contrive or think of would supposedly be thought of by those foolish hypocrites and thus in their feeble minds, they would prove that ‘they were superior than our Prophet (pbuh)’ –Surely our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond this. As a result of this, they would – in their twisted minds - gain a reputation in the society and derive personal benefits.
As you can see, the hypocrites consider all these details beforehand and make the most effective statement that they think would give this impression according to their feeble minds. They imagine that they would thus be able to make Muslims suspicious, afraid and hopeless, and create question marks in Muslims' minds with their subliminal manipulations. And no matter how much our Prophet (pbuh) explains and proves the opposite, in their own feeble minds they hope to shake confidence towards our Prophet (pbuh) and his fairness with the suspicion they incited.
In fact, Saudi Arabia is a region that is always hot. There is always a desert climate there. People there maintain their daily lives in fifty-sixty centigrade degree heat - even in the shade - and travel many places for trade when it is needed. The hypocrites know this fact very well like everyone else. But just to be unsavory, hypocrites try to cause unrest in an impertinent and disrespectful manner, by saying 'it is too hot' in a place where tribe is convened. The condition of the weather was perfectly known by all Muslims and particularly by our Prophet (pbuh). But the hypocrites make such a statement just because of their vileness, dishonor, anarchistic, and knavish souls and they try to manipulate the subconscious of all those people to think that ‘Prophet (pbuh) was unreliable and unfair’ –Surely our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond this. In this way, with their feeble minds, they imagine that they can be able to render Muslims incapable and weaken their strength.
In a verse of the Qur'an, God states the following about the hypocrites: “If they had gone out among you, they would have added nothing to you but confusion. They would have scurried about amongst you seeking to cause conflict between you…’’ (Surat at-Tawba, 47)
As you can see, if hypocrites who were making up sneaky excuses saying ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat’ were told “This region is always hot; come and join to the fight along with Muslims’’, as God stated in the verse, they would have added nothing but impediment for Muslims and would certainly ‘cause mischief’ among them. They would have casted aspersions on the Prophet (pbuh) and Muslims; they would have claimed that they were treated unfairly, aggrieved and even that they were persecuted. Despite the fact that all of these claims would have been lies, they would have tried to cause mischief by making a fuss in this way.
However, it is obvious that if these people were given ‘sizeable amounts of gold or money’ in return for joining the fight along with the Prophet (pbuh), they would have followed our Prophet (pbuh) swiftly without making any excuse, and even if it had been much hotter, they would have found the strength to bear all kinds of hardship.

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ADNAN OKTAR: "For example, he says in a very basic logic as everyone can understand ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat’. Everyone knows that it is not possible to go out to fight in the heat, but he acts as exhorter. He says it as if he discovered it. Wouldn’t our Prophet (pbuh) know that if it is possible to go out to fight in heat, or not? He tries to give unsolicited advise to our Prophet (pbuh) and in his twisted mind tries to embarrass him –May God forbid. He tries to imply that the Prophet (pbuh) couldn’t even think of something that easy –Surely our Prophet (pbuh) is above such thoughts. In his own twisted mind, he wants to disgrace him in the eyes of people. So that he would say; "The Prophet (pbuh) couldn't even think of something that easy." This is what he actually means. Then he presents himself as a savior and as an honest person. Look, do you see the rascality here? He carries out dual vileness. He presents himself as ‘savior and honest’. He says ‘I care about the interests of Muslims. I am making this good deed and warning you since I don’t want them to perish in heat and suffer." The hypocrites are very evil. They aim to extoll themselves and to present themselves as superior and they aim to embarrass our Prophet (pbuh) in the meantime. (Surely our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond this)

Since he doesn’t have passion for the cause, he only thinks about his future, his worldly life, his comfort. On the other hand our Prophet (pbuh) plans on spreading the message of Islam and to make Islamic morality prevail. He considers Muslims’ comfort, their safety and wealth. But the hypocrite only thinks about his dingy, egoistical and disgusting interests. Therefore he tries to treat our Prophet (pbuh) as an enemy, to be the henchmen of those people around him and he tries to emphasize his own superiority. But he does this in such a foolish way. For example, he says “my house is exposed". He approaches with this excuse. Actually everyone else’s houses are exposed, wouldn’t our Prophet (pbuh) know this?’’ ( A9 TV, May 19th, 2016)

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ADNAN OKTAR: They go to our Prophet (pbuh) and try to smart mouth him- may God forbid. They try to give advice in an upper handed tone. Wouldn’t our Prophet (pbuh) know if it is possible to go out to fight in heat or not? Who wouldn’t know this? Everyone knows. You see that hypocrites try to act snobbishly, to behave like a jackal, to smart mouth others and to exalt themselves in any case.

As if he made a huge discovery he dives into the crowd and says, “You couldn’t think of it but I did’’ –may God forbid. He says, “In this heat, you are sending us out to fight. This is unacceptable. It is not possible to go out to fight in this heat.’’ Thus, he means to say, “Will you destroy us? We will get sunstroke in this heat’’. He is such an impertinent, despicable, snobbish person.

Look how many purposes he has: 1- Showing our Prophet (pbuh) as inconsiderate and unable to think (our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond this) -. 2-Presenting himself as superior, compassionate and as defending Muslims. 3-Preventing Muslims going out to fight and causing trouble for Muslims. 4- Creating a ground for Muslims to fall apart.

ADNAN OKTAR: For instance, the same snobbish lot again come to our Prophet (pbuh) saying; “Alright then, let’s go to fight, go spread the message of God, but our families, our children are at home, what will happen to them?’’ “What will happen to our family? You don’t think of them.’’ May God forbid. You despicable man! How can you claim that he doesn't think of Muslims? Our Prophet (pbuh) also leaves his family behind. Everyone leaves their families behind. A soldier who goes to join the army goes leaving his family. Are you that foolish? You see, the foolishness of the hypocrites. See how he presents himself. He pretends as if he is a compassionate family man who defends his family and children. How does he present our Prophet (pbuh) in the meantime? He presents our Prophet (pbuh) as someone who doesn’t think of children, families, wives, etc. (Surely our Prophet (pbuh) is beyond such thoughts.) He thinks that in this way he could abolish people's devotion to our Prophet (pbuh) and stall him by wasting his time with these dingy words and then he would demoralize Muslims. If there is one among Muslims with an illness in his heart, that person would then say “This hypocrite is right’’. Of course, this person with a weak faith would not say ‘so, this person is a hypocrite’ but at that moment he would consider him as a wise man and he would say “I will not go to war, either.’’

When the hypocritewas talking about not leaving families, unbelievers would say to him, “Well done! What a clever man you are!" They would say “You put it very well, you are absolutely right!’’ All unbelievers unite against the Prophet (pbuh). Unbelievers would tell them; “A Muslim should be like this. You made your case perfectly against the Prophet (pbuh)!’’ Therefore the hypocrite’s such indiscretion and impertinence would never change throughout history.” (A9 TV, May 30th, 2016)

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ADNAN OKTAR: Hypocrites talk to our Prophet (pbuh) in such a fickly and despicable manner. For example they say, “Okay you are taking us out to fight but you see that the weather is too hot’’. What could Prophet (pbuh) say to this? If he says, “Even if it’s hot come with me’’, and if someone happens to faint or have a heart spasm, then hypocrites will come out and say, “We told you so!" They will say, “The man (our Prophet [pbuh]) blatantly took Muslims to their deaths!" (May God forbid). They always talk with such insolence about our Prophet (pbuh); it is their way of talking. Then, Prophet (pbuh) wouldn't be able to say anything. That is because the hypocrites always talk in a roundabout manner, leaving everything hanging fifty-fifty. In other words, they choose their words and sentences in a way that they can use for their own benefit. They are very vile. For instance, they say "If I knew how to fight, I would come, but I don’t know". In this case, if Prophet (pbuh) takes them out to fight and if they get shot by arrows or stabbed, they will say “We have told you that we didn’t know how to fight. Look, we lost our limbs, etc.’’ Then they will blame Prophet (pbuh) (May God forbid). They are merely being despicable. That is why our Prophet (pbuh) didn’t do or say anything to them and these lowlifes established their empire and maintained it for 1,400 years. 1,400 years. They also caused a great distress in the era of the Companions of our Prophet (pbuh) and they still are going on with their ruses and ignominy. ” (A9 TV, February 20th, 2016)

…They were told, ‘Come and fight in the Way of God or at least help defend us.’ They said, ‘If we knew how to fight, we would certainly follow you.’ They were closer to disbelief that day than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. And God knows best what they are hiding. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 167)

The hypocrites work up to shake people’s trust in God with subliminal manipulation methods (may God forbid)

Hypocrites' other purpose in saying “Do not go out to fight in the heat” is to shake Muslims’ trust in God – Surely God is above such thoughts - as much as in our Prophet (pbuh). The purpose of saying this to our Prophet (pbuh) is to imply: “You call us to go out to fight but you see the condition of the weather. We would have a brain hemorrhage, our blood pressure would rise up in the heat; we will be perished if we go out to fight. How can you not think of that as a Prophet?’’ And then they will go on talking employing this twisted logic that implies, “Look, I’m not a prophet, but I take this into consideration. So you see, this means I’m superior than you. So God must have made a mistake by sending you as a prophet. Look, I can think of all these so I’m greater than you, all of you; I am greater than God and the prophet’’ [Surely God and our Prophet (pbuh) are beyond all these]. With their feeble minds they imagine that they would thus be proving their greatness. The hypocrites are hoping to easily influence those people around them whose faith and minds are weak and thus to gain their allegiance.
However, there are many imperative reasons and wisdom behind our Prophet’s (pbuh) call to Muslims to go out to fight. At that time, Muslims were being tortured and martyred. Our Prophet (pbuh) took this decision in order to stop attacks against Muslims, protect Muslims, the women, the elderly, the children and prevent their being martyred. In this case, Muslims were not in a situation to think about heat. Because if they didn’t go out to fight, their homes, families, children, and wives would already be under threat and most probably be tortured. The purpose of this campaign was to protect Muslims from these dangers and to provide security for them. Therefore, heat was not a hardship that couldn’t be risked while there were all those life-threatening dangers. As it is explained in the previous part, the community of the region was already living their whole lives under these hot weather conditions. They were facing similar circumstances while traveling for trade. Besides, they were already going our to fight taking the risk of being martyred or getting injured. Consequently, heat was a very insubstantial hardship when compared to others and of course, the hypocrites also knew all these facts. But with their vile souls, they were silently using ‘subliminal manipulation’ methods by showing themselves as a sincere and well-intentioned people who consider what is best for Muslims.
Furthermore, Muslims have extremely good morals and are very lenient people. When it comes to gaining the good pleasure of God, they never think of considering their personal interests above others. So if God’s approval requires so, they would follow our Prophet (pbuh) and go out to fight readily and ardently. Likewise in our day, if their service is required in hot weather to spread the message of God and to support Muslims, Muslims will do it with pleasure. They would never say, “It is hot outside, I can’t help you”. But the hypocrites would still use the same lame excuse even today. That is because hypocrites are very fond of their own comfort. They always consider their own interests before all else. Muslims' tranquility, their safety or interests, these things are not important for the hypocrites. Without fail, they consider their own interests before anything else and carry out all sorts of fraud to attain that.
Besides, with this manner, hypocrites were not only targeting our Prophet (pbuh). Their main goal was to make Muslims have misgivings and distrust about God and thus to precluded them from believing. In the Qur'an, God informs us about this heinous effort the hypocrites carried out throughout history as follows:
Among people there is one who argues about God without knowledge, and follows every rebellious satan. (Surat al-Hajj, 3)
Among people there is one who argues about God without knowledge or guidance or any light-giving Book, turning away arrogantly, to misguide people from the Way of God. He will be disgraced in this world and on the Day of Rising We will make him taste the punishment of the Burning. (Surat al-Hajj, 8-9)
Who could do greater wrong than someone who invents lies against God or denies the truth when it comes to him? Is there not shelter in hell for the unbelievers? (Surat al-‘Ankabut, 68)
The argument of those who argue about God, once He has been acknowledged, has no basis whatsoever with their Lord. There is anger upon them and they will have a harsh punishment. (Surat ash-Shura, 16)

All these verses show that throughout history, hypocrites used the same subliminal manipulation methods and called people to unbelief by making them have various doubts about God. However, all those sneaky tricks they play, all those ‘subliminal manipulation methods’ they employ are all based on foolish logics that will never have any impact on Muslims who know God as is His due. Muslims know perfectly well that God has infinite wisdom, compassion and justice. Their love and trust in God are endless. As it is reported with the verse that reads; "We will set up the Just Balance on the Day of Rising and no self will be wronged in any way. Even if it is no more than the weight of a grain of mustard-seed, We will produce it. We are sufficient as a Reckoner."(Surat al-Anbiya’, 47), all of the people in the world will get their rewards with God’s endless fairness. Therefore the foolish statements of weak-minded hypocrites claiming that, God treats people unjustly, made a mistake, were unable to consider - Surely God is above all these thoughts- all demonstrate their shameful insolence and their fabricated lies against God. As it is explained in the verse which reads “... My Lord does not misplace nor does He forget.’’ (Surah Ta Ha, 52), God is exalted above all deficiencies, inabilities, mistakes and flaws in His Greatness and Sublimity. God is the One Who created the hypocrites and their vile guide satan and also their friends among the unbelievers. God is the One Who gives them the logic with which they utter these words and Who creates everything they do and every word they say at every second. And as it is reported with the verse “... God is aware of what you do.’’ (Surat al-Hashr; 18), God is aware of every traitorous ruse of the hypocrites’ at any moment.
The vile ruses the hypocrites carry out won’t bring any gain to the hypocrites neither in this world, nor in the hereafter. They will always live abased and humiliated in this world and in the hereafter, they will be rewarded with endless torment because of their evil morality.

The hypocrites try to distort the words of Muslims by twisting the truth and the meaning of the words

Hypocrites are known for ‘twisting the meanings of the verses in the Qur’an as well as the words of the Prophets, the Messengers and Muslims in an evil way’. God emphasizes this immoral nature of hypocrites and warns the believers against the sinister plans of theirs, with this verse in the Qur’an: “a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘It is from God,’ but it is not from God....” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 78)
Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘It is from God,’ but it is not from God. They tell a lie against God and they know it. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 78)

Hypocrites opt for such immorality in order to ‘adapt religion into their own personal benefits’. Hypocrites have an immense feeling of vanity and as a result, they always try to distort the verses in the Qur’an and the words of the Prophet (pbuh), of the messengers and of Muslims so that they can justify themselves whenever they need to. Described as a “distortion” in the Qur’an, this immoral behaviour is felt really powerful by hypocrites, almost to a level of insanity. Aiming for superiority over the others, avoiding a defeat during a discussion, having the spotlights on themselves and claiming that they are perfectly flawless people with no mistakes are all matters of crucial importance to hypocrites. As they have no fear of God, they feel no discomfort when they argue over the verses in the Qur’an by twisting and distorting their meanings. They also feel no distress neither in condescending to the Prophet or to a Messenger of God, nor they hesitate to falsely distort the words of these people by slandering them. And they always pretend not to understand the verses and the explanations in favor of God when they are proven wrong and told the truth.
God describes this devious tactic of the hypocrites in the Holy Qur’an as “They were that day nearer to irreligion than to Faith, saying with their lips what was not in their hearts” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 167). The hypocrites are very well aware of the meaning of the verses they are trying to distort and that Muslims speak the truth about them. However, as a part of their evil nature, they lie on purpose in order to win the argument against the believers by ‘saying with their lips what was not in their hearts’.
Another verse in the Qur’an reveals the inferior character of the hypocrites who lie by twisting the words, making false accusations, being aggressive and brazen and who are always quarrelsome as such: “They distort the true meaning of words” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 13).
The hypocrites always play such sinister games by using their sharp tongue and evil mind against the believers almost whenever they speak.
However, Muslims immediately detect these sinister games of hypocrites and expose them their own insincerity through the Qur’anic verses. Nevertheless, hypocrites defend their wrong-doing by pretending not to understand and never give up their false arguments.

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ADNAN OKTAR: “I seek refuge in God from satan, “They distort the true meaning of words”. For instance, they distort the meanings of the verses in the Qur’an. Moreover, when they speak to another person, they distort their words also. For instance; you may say ‘I realized you are really attentive today’. Trying to accuse you, the reply is: ‘Your words imply that I am usually careless.’ When you say, ‘I didn’t imply such a thing’, he replies ‘Are you making fun of my memory?’ Hypocrites are very quarrelsome. Of course, I’m giving really overall examples. Hypocrites are indeed social microbes. God describes them in many verses and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) describes them in many of the hadiths; they are described very clearly, he describes them to the letter. Hazrat Ali (ra) also describes them exactly as they are. Hypocrites are there in the verses with all the details of their characters. But, of course, the verses have to be interpreted and explained as the way they are experienced in life.”(A9 TV, June 23rd, 2016)
ADNAN OKTAR: “Hypocrites lie very often. They lie openly and dishonorably. They tend to engage in demogoguery; they always twist the meaning of words. The verse says “They say, ‘It is from God,’ but it is not from God”. They distort the meaning of words. They have a sinister talent in distorting the words as well as the mentality. God says, “They distort the Book with their tongues”. The hypocrites are capable of distorting a righteous word of a Muslim into something extremely illogical. When you speak with good words addressing to their heart, hypocrites make something completely irrelevant of it. Their speech is ambiguous. God says in a verse: “they flay you with sharp tongues” (Surat al-Ahzab, 19) What is a sharp tongue? Sharp is something with a devastating and vicious power. This is what hypocrites aim at; this is what they are trying so hard for. The believer uses his tongue for good whereas hypocrites use theirs to spread filth and trouble. However, everything that befalls on the believers always turns out to be good for them. By contrast, hypocrites assume something is for their benefit, yet it turns out to be malicious for them. I mean, whatever they do is always against their benefit. “They distort the Book”. Here the verse refers to their sinister talent to change the meaning by twisting words. For instance, when Muslims tell something reasonable to hypocrites – or perhaps a mistake of theirs, or some quality they lack, hyprocrites twist and change it completely. They change the places of the words and even make a whole new sentence. They add a  lot of lies and make it a completely new set of words. This is the distortion mentioned. They even try to change the commandments of the Qur’an. (A9 TV, June 5th, 2016)


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