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15:1  ELIF. LAM. RA. These are the signs of the Book, and of a lucid recital [Koran]
15:2  Many a time will the infidels wish that they had been Muslims
15:3  Let them feast and enjoy themselves, and let hope beguile them: but they shall know the truth at last
15:4  We never destroyed a city whose term was not perfixed
15:5  No people can forestall or retard its destiny
15:6  They say: "O thou to whom the warning hath been sent down, thou art surely possessed by a djinn
15:7  Wouldst thou not have come to us with the angels, if thou wert of those who assert the truth?"
15:8  - We will not send down the angels without due cause. The Infidels would not in that case have been respited
15:9  Verily, We have sent down the warning, and verily, We will be its guardian
15:10  And already have We sent Apostles, before thee, among the sects of the ancients
15:11  But never came Apostles to them whom they did not deride
15:12  In like manner will We put it into the hearts of the sinners of Mecca to do the same
15:13  They will not believe on him though the example of those of old hath gone before
15:14  Even were We to open above them a gate in Heaven, yet all the while they were mounting up to it
15:15  They would surely say: It is only that our eyes are drunken: nay, we are a people enchanted
15:16  We have set the signs of the zodiac in the Heavens, and adorned and decked them forth for the beholders
15:17  And We guard them from every stoned Satan
15:18  Save such as steal a hearing: and him doth a visible flame pursue
15:19  And the Earth have We spread forth, and thrown thereon the mountains, and caused everything to spring forth in it in balanced measure
15:20  And We have provided therein sustenance for you, and for the creatures which not ye sustain
15:21  And no one thing is there, but with Us are its storehouses; and We send it not down but in settled measure
15:22  And We send forth the fertilising winds, and cause the rain to come down from the heaven, and give you to drink of it; and it is not ye who are its storers
15:23  And We cause to live and We cause to die, and We are the heir of all things
15:24  We know those of you who flourish first and We know those who come later
15:25  And truly thy Lord will gather them together again, for He is Wise, Knowing
15:26  We created man of dried clay, of dark loam moulded
15:27  And the djinn had We before created of subtle fire
15:28  Remember when thy Lord said to the Angels, "I create man of dried clay, of dark loam moulded
15:29  And when I shall have fashioned him and breathed of my spirit into him, then fall ye down and worship him."
15:30  And the Angels bowed down in worship, all of them, all together
15:31  Save Eblis: he refused to be with those who bowed in worship
15:32  "O Eblis," said God, "wherefore art thou not with those who bow down in worship?"
15:33  He said, "It beseemeth not me to bow in worship to man whom thou hast created of clay, of moulded loam."
15:34  He said, "Begone then hence; thou art a stoned one
15:35  And the curse shall be on thee till the day of reckoning."
15:36  He said, "O my Lord! respite me till the day when man shall be raised from the dead."
15:37  He said, "One then of the respited shalt thou b
15:38  Till the day of the predestined time."
15:39  He said, "O my Lord! because thou hast beguiled me, I will surely make all fair seeming to them on the earth; I will surely beguile them all
15:40  Except such of them as shall be thy sincere servants."
15:41  He said, "This is the right way with me
15:42  For over none of my servants shalt thou have power, save those beguiled ones who shall follow thee."
15:43  And verily, Hell is the promise for them one and all
15:44  It hath seven Portals; at each Portal is a separate band of them
15:45  But 'mid gardens and fountains shall the pious dwell
15:46  "Enter ye therein in peace, secure-"
15:47  And all rancour will We remove from their bosoms: they shall sit as brethren, face to face, on couches
15:48  Therein no weariness shall reach them, nor forth from it shall they be cast for ever
15:49  Announce to my servants that I am the Gracious, the Merciful
15:50  And that my chastisement is the grievous chastisement
15:51  And tell them of Abraham's guests
15:52  When they entered in unto him, and said, "Peace." "Verily," said he, "We fear you."
15:53  They said, "Fear not, for of a sage son we bring thee tidings."
15:54  He said, "Bring ye me such tidings now that old age hath come upon me? What, therefore, are your tidings really?"
15:55  They said, "We announce them to thee in very truth. Be not then one of the despairing."
15:56  "And who," said he, "despaireth of the mercy of his Lord, but they who err?"
15:57  He said, "What is your business then, O ye Sent Ones?"
15:58  They said, "We are sent unto a people who are sinners
15:59  Except the family of Lot, whom verily we will rescue all
15:60  Except his wife. We have decreed that she shall be of those who linger."
15:61  And when the Sent Ones came to the family of Lo
15:62  He said, "Yes; are persons unknown to me."
15:63  They said, "Yes; but we have come to thee for a purpose about which thy people doubt
15:64  We have come to thee with very truth, and we are truthful envoys
15:65  Lead forth therefore thy family in the dead of the night; follow thou on their rear: and let no one of you turn round, but pass ye on whither ye are bidden."
15:66  And this command we gave him because to the last man should these people be cut off at morning
15:67  Then came the people of the city rejoicing at the news
15:68  He said, "These are my guests: therefore disgrace me not
15:69  And fear God and put me not to shame."
15:70  They said, "Have we not forbidden thee to entertain any one whatever?"
15:71  He said, "Here are my daughters, if ye will thus act."
15:72  As thou livest, O Muhammad, they were bewildered in the drunkenness of their lust
15:73  So a tempest overtook them at their sunrise
15:74  And we turned the city upside down, and we rained stones of baked clay upon them
15:75  Verily, in this are signs for those who scan heedfully
15:76  And these cities lay on the high road
15:77  Verily, in this are signs for the faithful
15:78  The inhabitants also of El Aika were sinners
15:79  So we took vengeance on them, and they both became a plain example
15:80  And the people of HEDJR treated God's messengers as liars
15:81  And we brought forth our signs to them, but they drew back from them
15:82  And they hewed them out abodes in the mountains to secure them
15:83  But a tempest surprised them at early morn
15:84  And their labours availed them nothing
15:85  We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that between them is, but for a worthy end. And verily, "the hour" shall surely come. Wherefore do thou, Muhammad, forgive with kindly forgiveness
15:86  For thy Lord! He is the Creator, the Wise
15:87  We have already given thee the seven verses of repetition and the glorious Koran
15:88  Strain not thine eyes after the good things we have bestowed on some of the unbelievers: afflict not thyself on their account, and lower thy wing to the faithful
15:89  And SAY: I am the only plain-spoken warner
15:90  We will punish those who foster divisions
15:91  Who break up the Koran into parts
15:92  By thy Lord! we will surely take account from them one and all
15:93  Concerning that which they have done
15:94  Profess publicly then what thou hast been bidden, and withdraw from those who join gods to God
15:95  Verily, We will maintain thy cause against those who deride thee
15:96  Who set up gods with God: and at last shall they know their folly
15:97  Now know We that thy heart is distressed at what they say
15:98  But do thou celebrate the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who bow down in worship
15:99  And serve thy Lord till the certainty o'ertake thee