وَلَوْ تَرَى إِذْ فَزِعُوا فَلَا فَوْتَ وَأُخِذُوا مِن مَّكَانٍ قَرِيبٍ
وَقَالُوا آمَنَّا بِهِ وَأَنَّى لَهُمُ التَّنَاوُشُ مِن مَكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ
وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِهِ مِن قَبْلُ وَيَقْذِفُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ مِن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ
وَحِيلَ بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ مَا يَشْتَهُونَ كَمَا فُعِلَ بِأَشْيَاعِهِم مِّن قَبْلُ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا فِي شَكٍّ مُّرِيبٍ
“If you could see when they shall be terrified; but then there shall be no escape. And they shall be seized from a nearby place, and then they shall say: ‘We believe in him.’ How shall they come to (belief) from a place so far away? They disbelieved in him before, and conjectured about the unseen from a far off place. A gulf shall be created between them and that which they will (eagerly) desire, as was done in the past for the likes of them. Verily they were also in disquieting doubt”
Imam Baqir (as) said, The Qaem (as) will invite the people to pay allegiance to him based on the Book of Allah, the traditions of the Prophet (sawa), the Wilayat of Ali bin Abi Talib (as) and the dissociation from his enemies. However, only a few people will pay allegiance to him.
After appointing a governor for Makkah, (the Qaem (as)) will leave. Later, he will be informed that the people have killed his appointed governor. He will return to Makkah and will kill the killers (of his governor), but he will not take anyone captive. Then he will leave Makkah.
When he reaches Bayzaa, the Army of Sufyani will follow him. Allah will order Bayzaa to swallow (the army of Sufyaani) from under their feet. This is the meaning of the verse, “If you could see when they shall be terrified; but there shall be no escape, and they shall be seized from a nearby place” (34:51). “And then they shall say: “We believe in him” (34:52), referring to the Qaem (as). However, “they disbelieved in him before” (34:53).
They will all be destroyed except two men from Bani Muraad named Witr and Wateer whose faces will be turned to their backs, who will walk backwards, and who will inform the people of that which befell their army. (Tafseer Ayyashi volume 2 page 56)
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