Verse. 211

٢ - ٱلْبَقَرَة

2 - Al-Baqara

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يُّعْجِبُكَ قَوْلُہٗ فِي الْحَيٰوۃِ الدُّنْيَا وَيُشْہِدُ اللہَ عَلٰي مَا فِيْ قَلْبِہٖ۝۰ۙ وَھُوَاَلَدُّ الْخِصَامِ۝۲۰۴
Wamina alnnasi man yuAAjibuka qawluhu fee alhayati alddunya wayushhidu Allaha AAala ma fee qalbihi wahuwa aladdu alkhisami


Ahmed Ali

There is a man who talks well of the world to your pleasing, and makes God witness to what is in his heart, yet he is the most contentious;



'Abdullāh Ibn 'Abbās / Muḥammad al-Fīrūzabādī

تفسير : (and of mankind there is he whose conversation on the life of this world pleaseth thee (muhammad)) his speech, words and outward appearance pleases you, (and he calleth allah to witness as to that which is in his heart) he swears by allah that he loves and follows you; (yet he is the most rigid of opponents) yet he argues about falsehood and is a staunch opponent.

Jalāl al-Dīn al-Maḥallī

تفسير : and among people there is he whose speech in the life of this world pleases you, but it would not please you in the hereafter because it contradicts what he actually used to believe; and who calls on god to witness what is in his heart, as being in accordance with what he says; yet he is most stubborn in dispute, with you and your followers on account of his enmity towards you: this was al-akhnas b. sharīq, a hypocrite who spoke kindly in the presence of the prophet (s), swearing that he believed in him and that he loved him, and frequently sitting with him. god then revealed his mendacity in this matter. on one occasion he passed by some crops and livestock that belonged to the muslims and later that night he set fire to them [the crops] and slaughtered them [the livestock]. god, moreover, says:

Ali ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi

تفسير : (and of mankind there is he whoso conversation on the life of this world pleaseth thee (muhammad)) [2:204]. said al-suddi: “this was revealed about al-akhnas ibn shurayq al-thaqafi, an ally of banu zuhrah. he came to the prophet, allah bless him and give him peace, in medina, and pretended to be a muslim. the prophet, allah bless him and give him peace, admired him for this. he said: ‘i have come to embrace islam, and allah knows i am truthful’, this is what allah states when he says (and he calleth allah to witness as to that which is in his heart). upon leaving the messenger of allah, he passed by a cultivated field and some asses which belonged to some muslims. he burned the field and hamstrung the asses. allah, exalted is he, revealed about him (and when he turneth away (from thee) his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle) [2:205]”.

Sahl al-Tustari

تفسير : …yet he is the most stubborn in altercation. that is, [he is] extremely contentious [on the basis of] what is false. indeed, ʿĀʾisha ã narrated that the prophet <img border="0" src="images/salatonmassenger.jpg" width="24" height="22"> said, ‘the most abhorrent of men before god, exalted is he, are those who are stubborn and antagonistic.’ his words: