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Tafseer (interpretation) Of Verse [58:16]

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[58:16] “They (the hypocrites) have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of God: therefore shall they have a humiliating Penalty.â€

 

The verse above speaks about the evil actions of the hypocrites, the actions of those who are deluded by false hope, those who think they can beguile God almighty. In Noble verse [58:16] it says "They (the hypocrites) have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds)", this part of the verse may be talking about how the hypocrites repent after sinning, and when they repent they repent a sincere repentance, but their repentance only lasts about a day or less, and then they go back to sinning again for a whole a month or more, and then they repent again a sincere repentance, and so on and so forth. Thus they build up a cycle of repenting for one day and sinning for a whole month, thus they are deluded by thinking that they are saved by God’s mercy for repenting. This cycle that they have built is like a screen by which the hypocrites wish to cover up their misdeeds, but little do they know that they are only fooling themselves. They also try to make Allah be pleased with them, so when they feel too much guilt they repent just to try to make Allah pleased with them, even in their promises to others, they only promise to please the other side on the spot. And they only repent so as to remove the burden of guilt off of their shoulders, and so that they will not feel any guilt throughout the day, and so they delude themselves in these way. Each time they repeat this cycle of repenting and going back to sin (especially repeating the same sins they had repented for), they sink in delusion and darkness further and further, until they do not feel any guilt whatsoever, and are completely pleased with their evil deeds, for their evil deeds will be made fair seeming to them, because of the delusion which they will sink into. Noble verse [58:16] also goes on to say “thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of God: therefore shall they have a humiliating Penalty.†This could be talking about how the hypocrites drive away those truth seekers or atheists or even maybe unconvinced Muslims about the truth of Islam and of God almighty, because some of these people looking at the actions of the hypocrites may judge Islam based on them, and thus they become dissatisfied with Islam, because they see that Islam has not changed these hypocrites who call themselves Muslims.

 

And Allah knows best, salam (peace)

 

By: Ali Abdul Rahman Homami

 

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