Deception is a trait of hypocrisy. For every single trait of hypocrisy, you will note that the opposite will be true for īmān and the believers. What is the opposite of deception? Innocence. A believer is innocent and trusting. Rasūl Allāh ﷺ was innocent, believing and trusting. That is the character of a believer. The opposite is true of a munāfiq. A munāfiq does not trust anyone. A munāfiq is always playing games, lying and deceiving. The treacherous munāfiq does not trust others but cannot be trusted himself. Their whole life is one of deception. They do it so much that they even try and deceive Allāh.
The fact of life is that the innocent will always be deceived and wronged. A common aphorism is that ‘nice guys finish last’. This is in the dunyā. By Allāh! They are at the front in the ākhirah. The innocent suffer because others manipulate and exploit them, lie to them and wrong them. The innoncent muʾmin does not behave like the deceiving munāfiq. The muʾmin is lied to and accepts. There is no protection against lying. If you have ever been a victim of injustice, lying, false propaganda and defamation then do not grieve. The Messengers of Allāh and some of the greatest of people were victims of the same.
[This short excerpt is based on a lecture entitled ‘Traits of Hypocrisy’ delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 6th December 2019]