هَلۡ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَّآ أَن تَأۡتِيَهُمُ ٱلۡمَلَٰٓئِكَةُ أَوۡ يَأۡتِىَ رَبُّكَ أَوۡ يَأۡتِىَ بَعۡضُ ءَايَٰتِ رَبِّكَ ۗ يَوۡمَ يَأۡتِى بَعۡضُ ءَايَٰتِ رَبِّكَ لَا يَنفَعُ نَفۡسًا إِيمَٰنُهَا لَمۡ تَكُنۡ ءَامَنَتۡ مِن قَبۡلُ أَوۡ كَسَبَتۡ فِىٓ إِيمَٰنِهَا خَيۡرًا ۗ قُلِ ٱنتَظِرُوٓاْ إِنَّا مُنتَظِرُونَ
Are they waiting to see if the angels come to them, or thy Lord (Himself), or certain of the signs of thy Lord! the day that certain of the signs of thy Lord do come, no good will it do to a soul to believe in them then if it believed not before nor earned righteousness through its faith. Say: "Wait ye: we too are waiting."<br/>
Are they waiting - the deniers are indeed waiting - for nothing less than that the angels should come to them (read ta'teeyahum or ya'teeyahum), to seize their souls, or that your Lord, that is, His command, meaning His chastisement, should come, or that one of your Lord's signs should come?, that is, those portents of His that indicate [the arrival of] the Hour? On the day that one of your Lord's signs comes - and this is the rising of the sun from the west, as reported in the hadeeth of the two Saheehs [of Bukhaaree and Muslim] - it shall not benefit a soul to believe if it had not believed theretofore (lam takun aamanat min qabl is an adjectival qualification of nafs, 'a soul') or, a soul which had not [until then], earned in its belief some good, some [act of] obedience, that is to say, its repentance shall be of no benefit to it, as [stated] in the hadeeth [corpus]. Say: 'Wait, for one of these things, We too are waiting', for it.