How can the hardening of the hearts and the movement of the rocks mentioned in verse 74 of the chapter of al-Baqara be explained?

The Details of the Question
''Thenceforth were your hearts hardened; they became like a rock and even worse in hardness. For among rocks there are some from which rivers gush forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water; and others which sink for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.'' (al-Baqara, 2/74) What is meant in this verse?
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

The interpretation of the relevant verse is as follows:

Attention is attracted to the beneficial outcomes about Sons of Israel, whose stubborn characters that worshipped the wrong and whose hearts were softened about revival after death with these mysterious phenomena as follows:

"O Sons of Israel! Your hearts hardened after these incidents. The prophets and the verses and miracles sent through them were of no use to you; your hearts became like stone or harder than stone. For, there are some stonesfrom which rivers (can) gush forth due to divine or natural forces. Your hearts are not affected by anything; therefore, no goodness comes out of them."

"There are some stones which crack and from which water gushes forth or leaks; there are also some stones which fall, roll down and move due to fear of Allah by being affected by incidents like rain, hurricane and earthquake, which are the outcomes of divine power.However, your hearts are not affected at all from clear verses of revelation and definite explanations; they are not influenced by incentives and threats. However, Allah is not unaware of what you do." (see Elmalılı, Hak Dini, ilgili ayetin tefsiri)

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