Ayah

وَلِيَعۡلَمَ ٱلَّذِينَ نَافَقُواْ ۚ وَقِيلَ لَهُمۡ تَعَالَوۡاْ قَٰتِلُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ أَوِ ٱدۡفَعُواْ ۖ قَالُواْ لَوۡ نَعۡلَمُ قِتَالًا لَّٱتَّبَعۡنَٰكُمۡ ۗ هُمۡ لِلۡكُفۡرِ يَوۡمَئِذٍ أَقۡرَبُ مِنۡهُمۡ لِلۡإِيمَٰنِ ۚ يَقُولُونَ بِأَفۡوَٰهِهِم مَّا لَيۡسَ فِى قُلُوبِهِمۡ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ أَعۡلَمُ بِمَا يَكۡتُمُونَ

Translation

And the Hypocrites also. These were told: "Come, fight in the way of Allah, or (at least) drive (The foe from your city)." They said: "Had we known how to fight, we should certainly have followed you." They were that day nearer to Unbelief than to Faith, saying with their lips what was not in their hearts but Allah hath full knowledge of all they conceal.<br/>

Tafsir

And that He might also know the hypocrites, and those who, when it was said to them, after they had fled the fighting, namely, 'Abd Allaah ibn Ubayy and his companions: 'Come now, fight in the way of God, His enemies, or defend', us against the enemy by increasing the multitude [of our fighters], if you are not going to fight; they said, 'If we knew how, [if] we were skilled enough, to fight we would follow you'. God then said, showing them to be liars: They that day were nearer to unbelief than to belief, for what they manifested of their forsaking the believers, whereas before they had been outwardly nearer to belief; saying with their mouths that which was not in their hearts, for even if they had known how to fight they would not have followed you. And God knows best what they hide, of hypocrisy.

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