Then He sent down to you, after the distress, security, restful sleep overtaking a group of you, whereas another group became prey to anxious thoughts, thinking other than the truth about Allah – thoughts belonging to the Time of Ignorance* – saying, ‘Do we have any say in the affair at all?’ Say, ‘The affair belongs entirely to Allah.’ They are concealing things inside themselves which they do not disclose to you, saying, ‘If we had only had a say in the affair, none of us would have been killed here in this place.’ Say, ‘Even if you had been inside your homes, those people for whom killing was decreed would have gone out to their place of death.’ So that Allah might test what is in your breasts and purge what is in your hearts. Allah knows the contents of your hearts. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 154)
Hypocrites consider things with the mindset of ignorance, not with the view of the Qur’an. In his own eyes, he uses Quranic reason to struggle against the Qur’an. Therefore, in a hadith related by Hazrat Ali (ra), it is told: “Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) work is hard, because the hypocrites will stand against him with the Qur’an”.
Since they are self-interested, they will say, “what use will we have in this work? We have no benefit. We will either be imprisoned, or slandered, we will not have any benefit here”.
They could not stand seeing our Prophet’s (saas) face. His light was burning them. Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) light also burns them. They cannot look at him, they run as far as they can. They stay away from Hazrat Mahdi (as).