The life of the world has come to an end. It seems that life passed in no more than an hour, even if a person had lived for seventy years or more. Life passed quickly mankind vanished then was resurrected by Allah, the Almighty, to be confronted by the fire.
The unbelievers never believed in the Day of Judgment, punishment and being reckoned for their deeds. They did not believe in the existence of Hell-Fire. But after death, there they were standing before the tire in a most terrifying and frightful scene.
This awful scene made those unbelievers beseech Allah, the Judge, saying, "If we were to be brought back to life we would believe in the Signs of Allah and we would be among those who Believed in Him."
When the same unbelievers were alive they used to mock at the believers but yet, in the Hereafter they wished they could return back to life in order to believe in Allah's Signs and to be among those who believed in His existence! How things change!
This meant they were asking Allah for another chance. They wanted to be brought back to life to embrace Islam and to perform righteous deeds.
But how many chances had Allah given them in life?
How could they dare to ask for another chance? .....
Their plea was rejected......
Life is a trial that can never be repeated and once Almighty Allah reckons His creatures there is no turning back.
Allah said that the unbelievers were liars and that if they were returned back to life they would resume committing sins.
Allah, the Almighty, says (if you could but see when they will be held over the (Hell) Fire! They will say: "Would that we were but sent back (to the world)! Then we would not deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations, etc.) of our Lord, and we would be of the believers! "Nay, it has become manifest to them what they had been concealing before. But if they were returned (to the world), they would certainly revert to that which they were forbidden.
And indeed they are liars. And they said: "There is no (other life) but our (present) life of this world and never shall we be resurrected (on the Day of Resurrection).
This verse is the core and essence of the whole issue.