Ayah

Word by Word
وَلَوۡ
And if
تَرَىٰٓ
you (could) see
إِذۡ
when
وُقِفُواْ
they are made to stand
عَلَى
by
ٱلنَّارِ
the Fire
فَقَالُواْ
then they (will) say
يَٰلَيۡتَنَا
Oh! Would that we
نُرَدُّ
were sent back
وَلَا
and not
نُكَذِّبَ
we would deny
بَِٔايَٰتِ
(the) Signs
رَبِّنَا
(of) our Lord
وَنَكُونَ
and we would be
مِنَ
among
ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ
the believers
وَلَوۡ
And if
تَرَىٰٓ
you (could) see
إِذۡ
when
وُقِفُواْ
they are made to stand
عَلَى
by
ٱلنَّارِ
the Fire
فَقَالُواْ
then they (will) say
يَٰلَيۡتَنَا
Oh! Would that we
نُرَدُّ
were sent back
وَلَا
and not
نُكَذِّبَ
we would deny
بَِٔايَٰتِ
(the) Signs
رَبِّنَا
(of) our Lord
وَنَكُونَ
and we would be
مِنَ
among
ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ
the believers

Translation

If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with the Fire! They will say: "Would that we were but sent back! Then would we not reject the signs of our Lord, but would be amongst those who believe!"

Tafsir

If you, O Muhammad may peace and salutation be upon him, could see when they are made to stand, [when] they are exposed, before the Hellfire, and they say, 'Oh (yaa is for exclamation) would that we might be returned, to the world; then we would not deny the signs of our Lord, but we would be among the believers!' (read nukadhdhibu and nakoonu as a new [independent] sentence; or read nukadhdhiba and nakoona as the [subjunctive] response to the optative [clause]; or read nukadhdhibu and nakoona). The response to the clause 'if [you could see]' would be 'you would be seeing a terrible thing indeed'.

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