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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Bijan Moeinian
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Bijan Moeinian rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
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15:1 A.L.R. These are indeed the signs indicated in the Book and a part of “easy to understand” Qur’an.
15:2 Pretty soon the same people who violently oppose Islam will submit themselves to the will of God regretting why they did not embrace Islam sooner.
15:3 Leave them on their own to be preoccupied with their daily affairs of eating, drinking, entertaining themselves and follow their worldly desires which will eventually make them sorry.
15:4 Every town which God destroyed, was given a prescribed time for re-thinking and repentance (as a sign of God’s mercy.)
15:5 No community is destroyed before its pre-determined time of reflection and re-evaluation nor is given more time than what is fair enough for coming to their senses.
15:6 The disbelievers make mockery saying: “This Mohammad guy who claims to receive divine revelation is nothing but a crazy person.”
15:7 They say: “Why God has not sent us His Angles to testify for the truthfulness of Mohammad’s mission?”
15:8 I (God) do not send the Angles for the entertainment of people. When I send my Angles down to establish My Will, there will be no time for you silly people to repent.
15:9 I have sent down this Qur’an and I will protect it [what a guarantee more than the promise of Lord All Mighty Himself as a tamper proof ness of Qur’an].
15:10 O’ Mohammad,
15:11 we have sent many prophets before you to their own people in the past and they all were laughed at.
15:12 With their words, these prophets tried to touch their minds.
15:13 However, they did not believe their prophet; being stubborn is the state of mind and a characteristic of the disbelievers
15:14 Even if I (God) open a gate from the heaven for them in the middle of the day so that they may climb over and see with their own eyes whatever is behind the curtain, they will not believe in what they see!
15:15 They will say: “We are being hypnotized or something and whatever we see is just an illusion.”
15:16 I am the One Who has set out the zodiac signs in the heaves that has made some so enchanted.
15:17 Such places are far beyond the reach of the devils (indicating that Satan and his followers do not have the power to roam freely in the universe.)
15:18 If they sneaks around to listen (to the heart beat of the stars as captured by radio telescopes,) a fiery flame will interrupt their trial.
15:19 As for the earth, I have spread it out, established firm mountains in it and have provided a balanced environment hospitable to the growth of all kind of suitable things.
15:20 On earth, I have provided your necessities (food, water, air) as well as whatever the other creatures (that you do not take care of them) need to continue their lives.
15:21 I own everything (that you know of) in infinite amounts (in the universe.) Yet, you will find them proportionately spread on earth (forming a well- balanced eco-system.)
15:22 I am the One Who sends the wind to fertilize the land [and to pollinate the vegetations.) I send down your drinking water from the sky. It is not you who store it up.
15:23 I am the One Who gives life and death. I am the One Who, at the end, inherits all (as all living species die and He alone remains; therefore, He is the only inheritor.)
15:24 I am fully aware of those who advance and those who lag behind.
15:25 Rest assured that your Lord one day will summon them all. He is the Most Wise, the Most Knowledgeable.
15:26 I created man from an aged mud (like the one used in the pottery.)
15:27 As for the jinns, I created them before creating human being, from a blazing fire looking substance
15:28 I said to the angles: “I am going to create a human being from dried clay of rotten earth.”
15:29 “When I shaped him and breathed into him of My spirit, you must fall prostrate before him.”
15:30 All the angles fell prostrate.
15:31 Only Satan refused to join them in prostration.
15:32 I asked: “Satan, what prevented you to join them in prostration?”
15:33 He said: “I am not going to prostrate before a being whom You have created from rotten earth.”
15:34 I said: “Get out of here; you are now an outcast.”
15:35 “You will carry My disenchantment until the Day of Judgment.”
15:36 Satan asked: “My Lord! Will you leave me alone until the Day that they all are raised to a new life.?”
15:37 I said: “Your request is granted.”
15:38 “Until that Day which is pre-determined.”
15:39 He said: “My Lord, as you have excluded me from salvation, I will enchant them with their earthly life so much that they are misled into the wrong path.”
15:40 “The only ones that I will fail are your sincere worshippers.”
15:41 The Lord confirmed: “This (sincere devotion and worship) is indeed the way that leads straight to me.”
15:42 “You have no power over My sincere worshippers. You will succeed tempting only those who choose to follow you.”
15:43 “Your followers, then, will be gathered in the Hell.”
15:44 “The Hell has seven gates; each welcoming a certain type of sinners.”
15:45 As for the righteous people, they will end up in beautiful gardens full of springs.
15:46 They will enter therein, peacefully and secure.
15:47 I will erase all bad feelings [that they might have developed in their worldly life towards each other] from their memory. Thus, they will become like brothers, enjoying themselves while sitting face to face in reclining plush furniture.
15:48 They will never feel any sickness nor will they be evicted from Paradise.
15:49 O’ Prophet! let My servants know that I am Forgiver and the Most Merciful.
15:50 Also let them know that My punishment is the most painful.
15:51 Now inform the about Abraham’s guests.
15:52 When they arrived, they said: “Peace be with you.” He said, “You frighten me.”
15:53 They replied: “Do not be afraid. We have brought you a good news: You will be blessed with a wise son.”
15:54 Abraham said: “What! How can you give an old man like me a good news like this? Are you sure?”
15:55 They said: “This good news is nothing but the truth. You should not act like those who have given up.”
15:56 Abraham confirmed: “Only those who do not believe in God will give up.”
15:57 He continued: “What is your mission.”
15:58 They said: “We are sent to punish a guilty nation (Sodom and Gommhora.)”
15:59 “We will save Lot’s family.”
15:60 “Except his wife. God has decided to leave her with the doomed ones.”
15:61 Then the executioners went to Lot’s town (Sodom & Gommhora.)
15:62 Lot welcomed them and said: “You look stranger to me.”
15:63 They replied: “Not really; we are here to deliver the punishment that the disbelievers always were making fun of.”
15:64 “We are truthful ones armed with the truth!”
15:65 “Depart with your people in the last hours of the night. Stay behind them and ask them not to look back. Go straight where you are commanded to go.”
15:66 Thus I informed Lot about My decision concerning the next day destruction of those people .
15:67 Meanwhile the people of the town rushed joyfully to the house of Lot (to have fun with his guests.)
15:68 He said: “These are my guests; do not embarrass me.”
15:69 “Fear God and do not put me to shame.”
15:70 They said: “We have already told you not to talk about morality with us?”
15:71 He said: “Take my daughters instead, if you must.”
15:72 Alas they were drunk and out of their mind.
15:73 So they were subjected to a sever blast early in the morning.
15:74 I turned their houses upside down and rained upon them heated stones.
15:75 Those who are intelligent will learn a lesson from their story.
15:76 Their ruins are still there;
15:77 so that the believers refer to it as a lesson.
15:78 The people of “Thick Forest” (blessed with Prophet Shu’aib, they called themselves Midianites after they capital city and referred to as Tabuk these days) were also indulged in sins.
15:79 They too were subjected to my punishment. Their ruins are also available for sightseeing.
15:80 The People of Al-Hijr (located at north-west of Madina) also rejected their Prophets.
15:81 I sent them thus My revelations, but they preferred to disregard them.
15:82 They used to carve secure houses inside the mountains.
15:83 Then a rumbling overtook them in the morning (that made their secure houses of no protection to them.)
15:84 Whatever they had gained was of no help to them.
15:85 I have created the heavens, the earth, and whatever is between not for fun. Know that the end of the world will come. Therefore, graciously forgive their ignorance (and continue spreading the word.)
15:86 Know that your Lord is the Creator, the Most Knowledgeable.
15:87 I have given you seven verses (most probably the seven verses which opens Qur’an) and this Glorious Qur’an.
15:88 Do not wonder why they (disbelievers) are blessed with the worldly wealth nor become sad for their (deplorable mental) condition. Just pay your attention to the believers.
15:89 And say: “I am only a plain Warner.”
15:90 This warning is like the one that I sent [in the past] to those who divided their religion into different sects.
15:91 The disbelievers accept the Qur’an only partially (like the Jews who are criticized in Ch. for having accepted a part of their book and not believing in the rest.)
15:92 By your Lord, I will question them all about
15:93 (and hold responsible for) what they were doing.
15:94 So; carry out what you are ordered to do and disregard those who worship more than One God.
15:95 Never mind if they subject you to the mockeries.
15:96 Those who set up other gods beside God, will surely find out the truth (one way or the other.)
15:97 I know well how much you suffer by what they say.
15:98 Glorify your Lord (as a mean of lifting your moral,) be thankful to Him and Prostrate yourself in worship [the same way that Jesus (see Matthew 19-and other prophets (see Joshua 5:& 7:6 and Genesis 17:were worshipping the Lord.]
15:99 Keep on worshipping your Lord, until you reach the absolute belief.


   


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