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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley
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Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 Alif Lam Ra. Those are the Signs of the Book and a clear Qur´an.
15:2 It may be that those who are kafir will wish that they had been Muslims.
15:3 Leave them to eat and enjoy themselves. Let false hope divert them. They will soon know.
15:4 We did not destroy any city without it having a set time.
15:5 No nation can advance its appointed time nor can they delay it.
15:6 They say, ´You, to whom the Reminder has been sent down, are clearly mad.
15:7 Why do you not bring angels to us if you are telling the truth?´
15:8 The angels only descend with the truth and then they would be granted no reprieve.
15:9 It is We Who have sent down the Reminder and We Who will preserve it.
15:10 We sent Messengers before you among the disparate groups of previous peoples.
15:11 No Messenger came to them without their mocking him.
15:12 In that way We insert it into the evildoers´ hearts.
15:13 They do not have iman in it, even though the example of the previous peoples has gone before.
15:14 Even if We opened up to them a door into heaven, and they spent the day ascending through it,
15:15 they would only say, ´Our eyesight is befuddled! Or rather we have been put under a spell!´
15:16 We have placed constellations in heaven and made them beautiful for those who look.
15:17 We have guarded them from every cursed Shaytan —
15:18 except for the one who listens stealthily, and he is followed by an open flame.
15:19 As for the earth, We stretched it out and cast firmly embedded mountains in it and made everything grow in due proportion on it.
15:20 And We put livelihoods in it both for you and for those you do not provide for.
15:21 There is nothing that does not have its stores with Us and We only send it down in a known measure.
15:22 We send forth the pollinating winds and send down water from the sky and give it to you to drink. And it is not you who keep its stores.
15:23 It is We who give life and cause to die and We are the Inheritor.
15:24 We know those of you who have gone ahead and those who are still to come.
15:25 It is your Lord who will gather them. He is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
15:26 We created mankind out of dried clay formed from fetid black mud.
15:27 We created the jinn before out of the fire of a searing wind.
15:28 When your Lord said to the angels, ´I am creating a human being out of dried clay formed from fetid black mud
15:29 When I have formed him and breathed My Ruh into him, fall down in prostration in front of him!´
15:30 Then the angels prostrated all together, every one of them —
15:31 except Iblis. He disdained to be one of the prostrators.
15:32 He said, ´Iblis, what is it that prevents you being among the prostrators?´
15:33 He said, ´I will not prostrate to a human being whom You have created out of dried clay formed from fetid black mud.´
15:34 He said, ´Get out from here, you are accursed.
15:35 The curse will be on you till the Day of Reckoning.´
15:36 He said, ´My Lord, grant me a reprieve until the Day they are raised again.´
15:37 He said, ´You are among the reprieved
15:38 until the Day whose time is known.´
15:39 He said, ´My Lord, because You misled me, I will make things on the earth seem good to them and I will mislead them all, every one of them,
15:40 except Your slaves among them who are sincere.´
15:41 He said, ´This is a Straight Path to Me.
15:42 You have no authority over any of My slaves except for the misled who follow you.´
15:43 Hell is the promised meeting-place for all of them.
15:44 It has seven gates and each gate has its allotted share.
15:45 Those who have taqwa will be amid Gardens and Springs:
15:46 ´Enter them in peace, in complete security!´
15:47 We will strip away any rancour in their hearts — brothers, resting on couches face-to-face.
15:48 They will not be affected by any tiredness there and they will never be made to leave.
15:49 Tell My slaves that I am the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful,
15:50 but also that My punishment is the Painful Punishment.
15:51 And tell them about the guests of Ibrahim.
15:52 When they came in to him, they said, ´Peace!´ He said, ´Truly we are afraid of you.´
15:53 They said, ´Do not be afraid. We bring you the good news of a boy of great knowledge.´
15:54 He said, ´Do you bring me this good news despite the fact of old age having reached me? What kind of good news are you bringing me?´
15:55 They said, ´We bring you good news of the truth, so do not be among those who despair.´
15:56 He said, ´Who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for misguided people?´
15:57 He added, ´What is your business, messengers?´
15:58 They said, ´We have been sent to a people who are evildoers —
15:59 with the exception of the family of Lut, all of whom We will save,
15:60 except for his wife. We have decreed her to be one of those who stay behind.´
15:61 When the Messengers came to the family of Lut,
15:62 he said, ´You are people we do not know.´
15:63 They said, ´We have come to you with what they had doubts about.
15:64 We have brought you the truth and we are certainly truthful men.
15:65 Travel with your family in the dead of night, following behind with them in front of you. None of you must look back. Go where you are ordered to.´
15:66 We revealed to him the command We had decreed: that on the following morning the last remnant of those people would be cut off.
15:67 The people of the city came, exulting at the news.
15:68 He said, ´These are my guests so do not put me to shame.
15:69 Have taqwa of Allah and do not dishonour me.´
15:70 They said, ´Did we not forbid you to play host to anyone at all?´
15:71 He said, ´Here are my daughters if you are determined to do something.´
15:72 By your life! They were wandering blindly in their drunkenness!
15:73 So the Great Blast seized hold of them at the break of day.
15:74 We turned the place completely upside down and rained down on them stones of hard-baked clay.
15:75 There are certainly Signs in that for the discerning.
15:76 They were beside a road which still exists.
15:77 There is certainly a Sign in that for the muminun.
15:78 The people of the Thicket* were also wrongdoers.
15:79 We took revenge on them as well. They are both beside a well-beaten track.
15:80 The people of al-Hijr denied the Messengers.
15:81 We brought them Our Signs but they turned away from them.
15:82 They carved out houses from the mountains, feeling safe,
15:83 but the Great Blast seized hold of them in the morning,
15:84 so all that they earned was of no use to them.
15:85 We did not create the heavens and earth and everything between them, except with truth. The Hour is certainly coming, so turn away graciously.
15:86 Your Lord, He is the Creator, the All-Knowing.
15:87 We have given you the Seven Oft-repeated* and the Magnificent Qur´an.
15:88 Do not direct your eyes longingly to what We have given certain of them to enjoy. Do not feel sad concerning them. And take the muminun under your wing.
15:89 Say: ´I am indeed a clear warner.´
15:90 Just as We sent down punishment on the dissectors,
15:91 those who divide the Qur´an into little pieces.
15:92 By your Lord, We will question them all, every one of them,
15:93 about what they did!
15:94 Proclaim what you have been ordered to and turn away from the idolaters.
15:95 We are enough for you against the mockers,
15:96 those who set up another god beside Allah. They will soon know!
15:97 We know that your breast is constricted by what they say.
15:98 So glorify your Lord with praise and be one of the prostrators.
15:99 And worship your Lord until what is Certain comes to you.


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