Muhammad Asad Commentary & Translation

Lit., "Oh, the regrets upon the bondmen" (al-ibad) - since all human beings, good or bad, are God’s "bondmen".

This phrase alludes to the Day of Judgment - which is described in 19:39 as "the Day of Regrets" - as well as to the fact, repeatedly stressed in the Qur’an, that most human beings choose to remain deaf to the voice of truth, and thus condemn themselves to spiritual death.


(36:30)  OH, THE REGRETS that [most] human beings will have to bear! [16] Never has an apostle come to them without their deriding him!