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Chapter 15:
Al-Hijr — The Rock:

Revealed at Makkah: 6 sections; 99 verses

English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

15:1 I, Allah, am the Seer. These are the verses of the Book and (of) a Quran that makes manifest.

15:2 Often will those who disbelieve wish that they were Muslims.

15:3 Leave them to eat and enjoy themselves, and let (false) hope beguile them, for they will soon know.

15:4 And never did We destroy a town but it had a decree made known.

15:5 No people can hasten on their doom, nor can they postpone (it).

15:6 And they say: O thou to whom the Reminder is revealed, thou art indeed mad.

15:7 Why bringest thou not the angels to us, if thou art of the truthful?

15:8 We send not angels but with truth, and then they would not be respited.

15:9 Surely We have revealed the Reminder, and surely We are its Guardian.

15:10 And certainly We sent (messengers) before thee among the sects of yore.

15:11 And there never came a messenger to them but they mocked him.

15:12 Thus do We make it enter the hearts of the guilty—

15:13 They believe not in it; and the example of the ancients has gone before.

15:14 And even if We open to them a gate of heaven, and they keep on ascending into it,

15:15 They would say: Only our eyes have been covered over, rather we are an enchanted people.

15:16 And certainly We have made strongholds in the heaven, and We have made it fair-seeming to the beholders,

15:17 And We guard it against every accursed devil,

15:18 But he who steals a hearing; so there follows him a visible flame.

15:19 And the earth — We have spread it out and made in it firm mountains and caused to grow in it of every suitable thing.

15:20 And We have made in it means of subsistence for you and for him for whom you provide not.

15:21 And there is not a thing but with Us are the treasures of it, and We send it not down but in a known measure.

15:22 And We send the winds fertilizing, then send down water from the clouds, so We give it to you to drink; nor is it you who store it up.

15:23 And surely it is We, Who give life and cause death, and We are the Inheritors.

15:24 And certainly We know those among you who go forward and We certainly know those who lag behind.

15:25 And surely thy Lord will gather them together. He indeed is Wise, Knowing.

15:26 And surely We created man of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape.

15:27 And the jinn, We created before of intensely hot fire.

15:28 And when thy Lord said to the angels: I am going to create a mortal of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape.

15:29 So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down making obeisance to him.

15:30 So the angels made obeisance, all of them together —

15:31 But Iblis (did it not). He refused to be with those who made obeisance.

15:32 He said: O Iblis, what is the reason that thou art not with those who make obeisance?

15:33 He said: I am not going to make obeisance to a mortal, whom Thou hast created of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape.

15:34 He said: Then go forth, for surely thou art driven away,

15:35 And surely on thee is a curse till the day of Judgment.

15:36 He said: My Lord, respite me till the time when they are raised.

15:37 He said: Surely thou art of the respited ones,

15:38 Till the period of the time made known.

15:39 He said: My Lord, as Thou hast judged me erring, I shall certainly make (evil) fair-seeming to them on earth, and I shall cause them all to deviate,

15:40 Except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones.

15:41 He said: This is a right way with Me.

15:42 As regards My servants, thou hast no authority over them except such of the deviators as follow thee.

15:43 And surely hell is the promised place for them all —

15:44 It has seven gates. For each gate is an appointed portion of them.

15:45 Surely those who keep their duty are in Gardens and fountains.

15:46 Enter them in peace, secure.

15:47 And We shall root out whatever of rancour is in their breasts — as brethren, on raised couches, face to face.

15:48 Toil afflicts them not therein, nor will they be ejected therefrom.

15:49 Inform My servants that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful,

15:50 And that My chastisement —that is the painful chastisement.

15:51 And inform them of the guests of Abraham.

15:52 When they entered upon him, they said, Peace! He said: We are afraid of you.

15:53 They said: Be not afraid, we give thee good news of a boy, possessing knowledge.

15:54 He said: Do you give me good news when old age has come upon me? Of what then do you give me good news?

15:55 They said: We give thee good news with truth, so be not thou of the despairing ones.

15:56 He said: And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but the erring ones?

15:57 He said: What is your business, then, O messengers?

15:58 They said: We have been sent to a guilty people,

15:59 Except Lot’s followers. We shall deliver them all,

15:60 Except his wife: We ordained that she shall surely be of those who remain behind.

15:61 So when the messengers came to Lot’s followers,

15:62 He said: Surely you are an unknown people.

15:63 They said: Nay, we have come to thee with that about which they disputed.

15:64 And we have come to thee with the truth, and we are surely truthful.

15:65 So travel with thy followers for a part of the night and thyself follow their rear; and let not anyone of you turn round, and go whither you are commanded.

15:66 And We made known to him this decree, that the roots of these should be cut off in the morning.

15:67 And the people of the town came rejoicing.

15:68 He said: These are my guests, so disgrace me not,

15:69 And keep your duty to Allah and shame me not.

15:70 They said: Did we not forbid thee from (entertaining) people?

15:71 He said: These are my daughters, if you will do (aught).

15:72 By thy life! they blindly wandered on in their frenzy.

15:73 So the cry overtook them at sunrise;

15:74 Thus We turned it upside down, and rained upon them hard stones.

15:75 Surely in this are signs for those who take a lesson.

15:76 And it is on a road that still abides.

15:77 Verily therein is a sign for the believers.

15:78 And the dwellers of the grove were indeed iniquitous:

15:79 So We inflicted retribution on them. And they are both on an open high road.

15:80 And the dwellers of the Rock indeed rejected the messengers;

15:81 And We gave them Our messages, but they turned away from them;

15:82 And they hewed houses in the mountains, in security.

15:83 So the cry overtook them in the morning;

15:84 And what they earned availed them not.

15:85 And We created not the heavens and the earth and what is between them but with truth. And the Hour is surely coming, so turn away with kindly forgiveness.

15:86 Surely thy Lord — He is the Creator, the Knower.

15:87 And certainly We have given thee seven oft-repeated (verses) and the grand Quran.

15:88 Strain not thine eyes at what We have given certain classes of them to enjoy, and grieve not for them, and make thyself gentle to the believers.

15:89 And say: I am indeed the plain warner.

15:90 Like as We sent down on them who took oaths,

15:91 Those who divided the Quran into parts.

15:92 So, by thy Lord! We shall question them all,

15:93 As to what they did.

15:94 Therefore declare openly what thou art commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.

15:95 Surely We are sufficient for thee against the scoffers —

15:96 Those who set up another god with Allah; so they will come to know.

15:97 And We know indeed that thy breast straitens at what they say;

15:98 So celebrate the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who make obeisance.

15:99 And serve thy Lord, until there comes to thee that which is certain.

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