''In their hearts issickness, and God has increased their sickness. They will have painfulpunishment because of their denial'' (02:10)
In the quoted Ayah Kareem from Surah Al-Baqr (the Cow) infocus are the people who say they believe, but they believe not, as related:
''Among the people are those who say, ''We believe in Godand in the Last Day, but they are not believers'' (02:08)
There are people who believe without reservations, theirbelief in the truth of the Divine Code, in the law of 'Mukafat (Retribution)'and Hereafter is total. There are people who totally deny the truth of theDivine Code, of 'Mukafat' and of the life Hereafter. Among the people are alsothe ones who profess faith in God, but in fact, they are not believers. Theyfall in the category of hypocrites' they are categorized as 'Mun'afiqeen' indeed quite the opposite of their word. In effect, they deceive, none butthemselves, as enshrined:
''They seek to deceive God and those who believe, but theydeceive none but themselves, though they are not aware'' (02:09)
'Mun'afiqeen' in their attempt to deceive God and thebelievers land in a delusional state. The state they live in betrays sicknessin their hearts. In their state of mental sickness, they seek to spread doubts,but it recoils. Unknown to them, they deceive none but themselves. The sicknessin their hearts gets compounded. The painful punishment because of their denialreferred to in (02:10) pertains to societal wrong, resulting from theirhypocritical attitude. Such an attitude is meant to feed and spread doubt. Thesocietal wrong brings into play, the law of 'Mukafat (Retribution)'. The'Mun'afiqeen' cannot escape the retributive spiral spelt by the 'Divine Code'.