20 Preface وَيَقولونَ لَولا أُنزِلَ عَلَيهِ آيَةٌ مِن رَبِّهِ ۖ فَقُل إِنَّمَا الغَيبُ لِلَّهِ فَانتَظِروا إِنّي مَعَكُم مِنَ المُنتَظِرينَYusuf AliThey say: “Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?” Say: “The Unseen is only for God (to know), then wait ye: I too will wait with you.”1Their demand for a Sign is disingenuous. All nature and revelation furnishes them with incontestable Signs. What they want is the Book of the Unseen opened out to them like the physical leaves of a book. But they forget that a physical Book is on a wholly different plane from God’s Mysteries, and that their physical natures cannot apprehend the mysteries. They must wait. Truth will also wait. But the waiting in two cases is in quite different senses. (Cf. 6:158 and 9:52).