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(2:159) Those who conceal the Clear Signs

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Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall be Allah’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,-

According to the Study Quran,

“This verse can either have a general import or refer specifically to the
People of the Book around the Prophet (R). According to the former
interpretation, it is sinful for any person to obscure a truth of religion; according
to the latter interpretation, some Muslims asked a group among the People of the
Book to point out to them the Prophet described in their Book, but they refused
or “concealed” it (R). It can also mean that the People of the Book conceal the
truth of Islam itself, by undercutting it, calling it false, and failing to make
known the foretelling of the coming of the Prophet (Ṭ). The idea of concealing
the truth of revelation is also addressed in v. 174; 3:187; 5:15.
Some say that the cursers in this verse are the beasts of the earth, while
others mention that they are the angels and the believers, as in v. 161 (Ṭ). Others
also mention the possibility that the denizens of Hell, who blame them for their
own state, will also curse them (R).”


Nasr, Hossein (2015). Study Quran.

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