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IslamQA: Meaning of “they deem every shout to be against them” in the Quran

Assalamualaikum, in the Quran 63:4 what does it mean by "they deem every shout to be against them"? I tried to read some tafsir it said it means they think every incident or frightening thing is headed their way but that meaning doesn't seem match the translation to me? Jzk

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

According to my favorite tafsir scholar the Persian Imam al-Wahidi (d. 1075 CE), it refers to the fear and cowardice of the hypocrites. Whenever they hear someone call out some news in the marketplace, they immediately fear it might be about them giving away their hypocrisy. He says it may also refer to their feeling fear whenever they see someone talk to the Prophet , because they fear the talk may be about them and their hypocrisy.

And God knows best.
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