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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 Alif Lam Ra. Those are the signs of the Book and of a manifest Koran.
15:2 Perchance the unbelievers will wish that they had surrendered:
15:3 leave them to eat, and to take their joy, and to be bemused by hope; certainly they will soon know!
15:4 Never a city have We destroyed, but it had a known decree,
15:5 and no nation outstrips its term, nor do they put it back.
15:6 They say: 'Thou, upon whom the Remembrance is sent down, thou art assuredly possessed!
15:7 Why dost thou not bring the angels unto us, if thou speakest truly?'
15:8 We send not down the angels, save with truth;
15:9 then they would not be respited. It is We who have sent down the Remembrance, and We watch over it.
15:10 Indeed, We sent Messengers before thee, among the factions of the ancients,
15:11 and not a single Messenger came to them, but they mocked at him;
15:12 even so We cause it to enter into the hearts of the sinners --
15:13 they believe not in it, though the wont of the ancients is already gone.
15:14 Though We opened to them a gate in heaven, and still they mounted through it,
15:15 yet would they say, 'Our eyes have been dazzled; nay, we are a people bewitched!'
15:16 We have set in heaven constellations and decked them out fair to the beholders,
15:17 and guarded them from every accursed Satan
15:18 excepting such as listens by stealth -- and he is pursued by a manifest flame.
15:19 And the earth -- We stretched it forth, and cast on it firm mountains, and We caused to grow therein of every thing justly weighed,
15:20 and there appointed for you livelihood, and for those you provide not for.
15:21 Naught is there, but its treasuries are with Us, and We send it not down but in a known measure.
15:22 And We loose the winds fertilising, and We send down out of heaven water, then We give it to you to drink, and you are not its treasurers.
15:23 It is We who give life, and make to die, and it is We who are the inheritors.
15:24 We know the ones of you who press forward, and We know the laggards;
15:25 and it is thy Lord shall muster them, and He is All-wise, All-knowing.
15:26 Surely We created man of a clay of mud moulded,
15:27 and the jinn created We before of fire flaming.
15:28 And when thy Lord said to the angels, 'See, I am creating a mortal of a clay of mud moulded.
15:29 When I have shaped him, and breathed My spirit in him, fall you down, bowing before him!'
15:30 Then the angels bowed themselves all together,
15:31 save Iblis; he refused to be among those bowing.
15:32 Said He, 'What ails thee, Iblis, that thou art not among those bowing?'
15:33 Said he, 'I would never bow myself before a mortal whom Thou hast created of a clay of mud moulded.'
15:34 Said He, 'Then go thou forth hence; thou art accursed.
15:35 Upon thee shall rest the curse, till the Day of Doom.'
15:36 Said he, 'My Lord, respite me till the day they shall be raised.'
15:37 Said He, 'Thou art among the ones that are respited
15:38 unto the day of a known time.'
15:39 Said he, 'My Lord, for Thy perverting me I shall deck all fair to them in the earth, and I shall pervert them, all together,
15:40 excepting those Thy servants among them that are devoted.
15:41 Said He, 'This is for Me a straight path:
15:42 over My servants thou shalt have no authority, except those that follow thee,
15:43 being perverse; Gehenna shall be their promised land all together.
15:44 Seven gates it has, and unto each gate a set portion of them belongs.'
15:45 But the godfearing shall be amidst gardens and fountains:
15:46 'Enter you them, in peace and security!'
15:47 We shall strip away all rancour that is in their breasts; as brothers they shall be upon couches set face to face;
15:48 no fatigue there shall smite them, neither shall they ever be driven forth from there.
15:49 Tell My servants I am the All-forgiving, the All-compassionate,
15:50 and that My chastisement is the painful chastisement.
15:51 And tell them of the guests of Abraham,
15:52 when they entered unto him, saying, 'Peace!' He said, 'Behold, we are afraid of you.'
15:53 They said, 'Be not afraid; behold, we give thee good tidings of a cunning boy.'
15:54 He said, 'What, do you give me good tidings, though old age has smitten me? Of what do you
15:55 give me good tidings?' They said, 'We give thee good tidings of truth. Be not of those that despair.'
15:56 He said, 'And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord, excepting those that are astray?'
15:57 He said, 'And what is your business, envoys?'
15:58 They said, 'We have been sent unto a people of sinners,
15:59 excepting the folk of Lot; them we shall deliver
15:60 all together, excepting his wife -- we have decreed, she shall surely be of those that tarry.'
15:61 So, when the envoys came to the folk of Lot,
15:62 he said, 'Surely you are a people unknown to me!'
15:63 They said, 'Nay, but we have brought thee that concerning which they were doubting.
15:64 We have come to thee with the truth, and assuredly we speak truly.
15:65 So set forth, thou with thy family, in a watch of the night, and follow after the backs of them, and let not any one of you turn round; and depart unto the place you are commanded.'
15:66 And We decreed for him that commandment, that the last remnant of those should be cut off in the morning.
15:67 And the people of the city came rejoicing.
15:68 He said, 'These are my guests; put me not to shame,
15:69 and fear God, and do not degrade me.'
15:70 They said, 'Have we not forbidden thee all beings?'
15:71 He said, 'These are my daughters, if you would be doing.'
15:72 By thy life, they wandered blindly in their dazzlement,
15:73 and the Cry seized them at the sunrise,
15:74 and We turned it uppermost nethermost and rained on it stones of baked clay.
15:75 Surely in that are signs for such as mark;
15:76 surely it is on a way yet remaining;
15:77 surely in that is a sign for believers.
15:78 Certainly the dwellers in the Thicket were evildoers,
15:79 and We took vengeance on them. The two of them were upon a roadway manifest.
15:80 The dwellers in El-Hijr cried lies to the Envoys.
15:81 We brought them. Our signs, and they turned away from them.
15:82 They were hewing the mountains into houses, therein dwelling securely;
15:83 and the Cry seized them in the morning;
15:84 that they earned did not avail them.
15:85 We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, save in truth. Surely the Hour is coming; so pardon thou, with a gracious pardoning.
15:86 Surely thy Lord, He is the All-creator, the All-knowing.
15:87 We have given thee seven of the oft-repeated, and the mighty Koran.
15:88 Stretch not thine eyes to that We have given pairs of them to enjoy; and do not sorrow for them, and lower thy wing unto the believers,
15:89 and say, 'Surely, I am the manifest warner.'
15:90 So We sent it down to the partitioners,
15:91 who have broken the Koran into fragments.
15:92 Now by thy Lord, We shall surely question them all together
15:93 concerning that they were doing.
15:94 So shout that thou art commanded and turn thou away from the idolaters.
15:95 We suffice thee against the mockers,
15:96 even against those who set up with God another god. Certainly they will soon know!
15:97 We know indeed thy breast is straitened by the things they say.
15:98 Proclaim thy Lord's praise, and be of those that bow,
15:99 and serve thy Lord, until the Certain comes to thee.


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