Alif-Lam-Ra. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. These are the Verses of the Book, and a plain Quran.
Perhaps (often) will those who disbelieve wish that they were Muslims [those who have submitted themselves to Allah’s Will in Islam Islamic Monotheism, this will be on the Day of Resurrection when they will see the disbelievers going to Hell and the Muslims going to Paradise].
Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by [false] hope, for they are going to know.
Chapter 15 Al-Ĥijr : Verses 1-3
The Disbelievers will someday wish that They had been Muslims
We have already discussed the letters which appear at the beginning of some Surahs. Allah said:
(How much would those who disbelieved wish) Here Allah tells us that they will regret having lived in disbelief, and will wish that they had been Muslims in this world. Regarding Allah’s saying,
(How much would those who disbelieved wish that they had been Muslims.) Sufyan Ath-Thawri reported from Salamah bin Kuhayl, who reported from Abi Az-Za`ra’, from `Abdullah, who said: “This is about the Jahannamiyyun (the sinners among the believers who will stay in Hell for some time), when they ﴿the disbelievers﴾ see them being brought out of Hell.”
(How much would those who disbelieved wish that they had been Muslims.) Ibn Jarir reported that Ibn `Abbas and Anas bin Malik explained that this Ayah refers to the Day when Allah will detain the sinful Muslims in Hell along with the idolators. He said: “The idolators will say to them, `What you used to worship on earth has not helped you.’ Then by virtue of His mercy, Allah will be angry for their sake, and He will remove them (from it). That is when
(How much would those who disbelieved wish that they had been Muslims).”
(Leave them to eat and enjoy) this is a stern and definitive threat for them, like His saying,
(Say: “Enjoy your brief life! But certainly, your destination is the Fire!”) (14:30)
((O disbelievers!) Eat and enjoy yourselves (in this worldly life) for a little while. Verily, you are the guilty.)(77:4)﴾ Allah says:
(let them be preoccupied with false hope.) i.e., distracted from repentance and turning to Allah, for
(They will soon come to know!) that is, their punishment.