“The command of Allah is coming, so be not impatient for it. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him. He sends down the angels, with the inspiration of His command, upon whom He wills of His servants, [telling them], “Warn that there is no deity except Me; so fear Me.” Surah An-Nahl 16:1-2.
The unbelievers in Makkah used to ask the Prophet (ﷺ) to hasten their punishment in this life, or to hasten the punishment God has in store for them in the life to come. Astime passed with no punishment being inflicted, they urged the Prophet more and
more to hasten it, demonstrating that they could not care less. They thought that
Muĥammad (ﷺ) was warning them against something that would never happen. His
only aim, as they imagined, was to get them to believe what he said and accept his
faith. They could not understand God’s wisdom in giving them time. Nor could they
appreciate His grace. They would not reflect on the signs He has placed everywhere
in the universe around them. Nor would they reflect on His revelations in the Qur’ān
which address people’s minds and hearts.
That is after all a much more effective
address than punishment and suffering. It is more worthy of man whom God has
honored when He gave him a mind, feelings and an independent will to study,
reflect and make free choices.
The opening of the sūrah is very decisive: “God’s judgement is bound to come.” It implies that the command has been given, and that God’s will has been made. This is
sufficient for the judgement to come to pass at the time appointed for it by God
Himself. “So do not seek to hurry it on.” God’s laws operate in accordance with His
will. They cannot be hurried, nor can they be postponed to satisfy people’s wishes.
The statement here tells us that God’s judgement, to resurrect people or to inflict His punishment on those who deserve it, has been made. It will come to pass at the time God has determined. There will be no hurrying and no delay.
-Fi Dhilal Al-Qur’an by Sayyid Qutb.