"Verily these people used to be affluent before. They used to persistently carry out major sins. They used to say, "After we die and have become sand and bones, will we then be resurrected? Or our early forefathers?" (Surah Al-Waqiah 45 -47)
Referring to the people of Hell, Allah says "Verily these people used to be affluent before." Their lives of prosperity in this world shall be the cause of their destruction. In the stupor of their wealth and positions, they did not believe and not inclined to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی . They regarded their comfortable lives as everything and gave no thought to their plight in Akhirah (Hereafter). In addition to this "they used to persistently carry out major sins." They adamantly clung to disbelief and polytheism (shirk) and pledged never to waver from their ways and to die as they were.
Not only were these people averse to accepting Belief, they were also opposed to the belief of resurrection. Allah سبحانہ وتعالی says, "They used to say, 'After we die and have become sand and bones, will we then be resurrected? Or our early forefathers?"' They regard the advent of judgment as something impossible. By this statement, they meant to say that they might still believe someone who says that they will be brought back to life immediately after dying. However, they thought it impossible that even their earlier forefathers would be resurrected on the Day of Judgment when they had died such a long time ago and their bodies would have been reduced to nothing.