Surely the hypocrites (seek to) deceive Allah, and (it is) He who deceives them. When they stand up to prayer they stand up sluggishly; they do it only to be seen of men and do not remember Allah save a little.
Allah’s effect is as Revealer and Concealer, felt theophanies of Disclosure and Closure. But hypocrisy is born from a failure to perceive this dual effect and to fixate solely upon (and immanentize) the Closure.
At first, it would seem that the hypocrite, in seeking to deceive the Most High, is working with the assumption that Allah is an entity that can be situated within the space of deception.
This is not completely accurate. Perhaps surprisingly, the hypocrite’s character is of one who equates Allah with (not within) the entire space of differentiation, with an immanent deity in reality.