Ayah

مِّنَ ٱلَّذِينَ هَادُواْ يُحَرِّفُونَ ٱلۡكَلِمَ عَن مَّوَاضِعِهِۦ وَيَقُولُونَ سَمِعۡنَا وَعَصَيۡنَا وَٱسۡمَعۡ غَيۡرَ مُسۡمَعٍ وَرَٰعِنَا لَيًّا بِأَلۡسِنَتِهِمۡ وَطَعۡنًا فِى ٱلدِّينِ ۚ وَلَوۡ أَنَّهُمۡ قَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَا وَٱسۡمَعۡ وَٱنظُرۡنَا لَكَانَ خَيۡرًا لَّهُمۡ وَأَقۡوَمَ وَلَٰكِن لَّعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُفۡرِهِمۡ فَلَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Translation

Of the Jews there are those who displace words from their (right) places, and say: "We hear and we disobey"; and "Hear what is not Heard"; and "Ra'ina"; with a twist of their tongues and a slander to Faith. If only they had said: "What hear and we obey"; and "Do hear"; and "Do look at us"; it would have been better for them, and more proper; but Allah hath cursed them for their Unbelief; and but few of them will believe.<br/>

Tafsir

Some, group, from among the Jews distort, alter, the words, that God revealed in the Torah pertaining to the descriptions of Muhammad may peace and salutation be upon him, from their contexts, those [contexts] in which they were placed, and they say, to the Prophet may peace and salutation be upon him, when he commands them something, 'We have heard, your words, and we disobey, your command; and hear as one who does not hear' (wa'sma' ghayr musma'in is a circumstantial qualifier, functioning as an invocation, in other words, 'And may you not hear!') and, they say to him, 'Mind us' (raa'inaa), [a term] with which it had been forbidden to address him, being a curse word in their language; twisting, distorting, with their tongues and slandering, defaming, religion, Islam. If they had said, 'We have heard and obey', instead of 'And we disobey', and, only, 'Hear', and 'Consider us,' (unzur ilaynaa) instead of raa'inaa, it would have been better for them, than what they said, and more upright, more just than that, but God has cursed them, removing them from His mercy, for their unbelief, so they believe not except a few, among them, such as 'Abd Allaah ibn Salaam and his companions.

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