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15:1  Alif Lam Ra These are the verses of a clear Book, the Quran
15:2  A time will surely come when those who are bent on denying the truth will wish that they had surrendered themselves to God
15:3  so leave them to eat and enjoy themselves and let them be beguiled by vain hopes; for soon they will realise [the truth]
15:4  We have never destroyed a township without a definite decree having been issued
15:5  no people can forestall their doom, nor can they delay it
15:6  They say, You to whom the Reminder [the Quran] has been sent down, you are surely possessed
15:7  Why do you not bring down the angels upon us, if you are truthful
15:8  But We send down the angels only to bring justice and then they will not be reprieved
15:9  It is We who have sent down the Reminder and We will, most surely, safeguard it
15:10  We sent messengers before you to the previous peoples
15:11  but there was never a messenger who came to them but they mocked him
15:12  thus We cause this [habit of mocking] to enter into the hearts of the sinful
15:13  They will not believe in it, though they have before them the example of former peoples
15:14  and even if We opened to them a door from heaven, and they began ascending through it
15:15  they would still say, Our eyes have been dazzled. We are bewitched
15:16  We have placed constellations in heaven and have beautified it for beholders
15:17  and We have guarded it from every accursed devil
15:18  but if anyone eavesdrops, he is pursued by a bright flaming fire
15:19  We have spread out the earth, and set upon it firm mountains and caused everything to grow in due proportion
15:20  We have provided therein a means of livelihood for you and for all those creatures for whom you do not provide
15:21  There is not a thing but its storehouses are with Us. But We only send down each thing in an appropriate measure
15:22  We let loose fertilizing winds, and bring water from the sky for you to drink; and you could not have stored it up for yourselves
15:23  Truly, it is We who bring to life and We who cause death and We are the inheritor of all things
15:24  We know those who lived before you and those who will come after you
15:25  It is your Lord who will gather them. He is all wise and all knowing
15:26  We created man out of dry clay, from moulded mud
15:27  and the jinn We had created before from flaming fire
15:28  Your Lord said to the angels, I am about to bring into being a man wrought from mud
15:29  When I have formed him and breathed My spirit into him, fall down in prostration before him
15:30  then the angels all prostrated themselves together
15:31  But Satan did not; he refused to join those who prostrated themselves
15:32  God asked him, What is the matter with you, that you are not among those who have prostrated themselves
15:33  He replied, I am not one to prostrate myself to a man whom You have created out of a clay of moulded mud
15:34  God said, Then get out of here; for you are accursed
15:35  and the curse shall be on you till the Day of Judgement
15:36  Satan said, O my Lord! Grant me respite till the Day of Resurrection
15:37  He said, You are granted respit
15:38  till that Appointed Day
15:39  He said, My Lord, since You have let me go astray. I shall make the path of error seem alluring to them on the earth and shall mislead them all
15:40  except for Your chosen servants
15:41  God said, This is the path which leads straight to Me
15:42  Surely, you shall have no power over My true servants, except those misguided ones who choose to follow you
15:43  Surely, Hell is the place to which they are destined
15:44  it has seven gates: and each gate has a portion of them allotted to it
15:45  Truly, the God-fearing shall dwell amid gardens and fountain
15:46  Enter therein in peace and security
15:47  We shall cleanse their hearts of all traces of ill-will; they will be like brethren seated on couches facing one another
15:48  They will not be affected by any weariness there, and they will never be made to leave
15:49  Tell My servants that I alone am the Forgiving, the Merciful One
15:50  and that My punishment is a painful punishment
15:51  Tell them about Abrahams guests
15:52  when they came to him they greeted him with: Peace. He said,We feel afraid of you
15:53  They said, Do not be afraid. We come to you with good news. You shall have a son who shall be endowed with great knowledge
15:54  He said, Do you bring me such news despite my old age? What kind of good news are you bringing me
15:55  They said, We have, indeed, given you glad tidings in truth; do not therefore despair
15:56  He said, Who but the misguided despair of the mercy of their Lord
15:57  Then he asked, What then is your business, O messengers
15:58  They said, We have been sent forth to a guilty people
15:59  Except for Lots household, all of whom we shall rescue
15:60  except his wife. We have decreed that she will be among those who remain behind [and will be lost]
15:61  When the messengers came to Lot and his family
15:62  he said, You are strangers [to me]
15:63  They said, No, but we bring you news about what they disputed
15:64  and we have come to you with the truth, and surely we are truthful
15:65  so leave with your family some time in the latter part of the night, and walk behind them. Let none of you look back. Go where you are commanded
15:66  We communicated to him Our decree that the guilty ones would be destroyed by the morning
15:67  The people of the town came along, revelling
15:68  and he told them, These are my guests, so do not disgrace me
15:69  Fear God and do not shame me
15:70  They said, Did we not forbid you to extend hospitality to strangers
15:71  He said, Here are my daughters, if you must act in this way
15:72  By your life, they wandered on in their wild intoxicatio
15:73  and thereupon the blast [of Our punishment] overtook them at sunrise
15:74  We turned the town upside down and rained upon them stones of clay
15:75  There are certainly signs in that for those who can learn a lesso
15:76  it is still there on the highwa
15:77  surely in this there is a sign for those who believe
15:78  The people of the Wood were also surely wrongdoers
15:79  So We took vengeance on them. Both are still there on the highway, plain for all to see
15:80  The people of al-Hijr also rejected Our messengers
15:81  We gave them Our signs, but they turned away from them
15:82  They carved out dwellings in the mountains, and lived in securit
15:83  the blast overtook them early one morning
15:84  All that they had acquired was of no avail to them
15:85  We have created the heavens and the earth and all that is between the two in accordance with the requirements of truth and wisdom. The Hour is surely coming. So overlook [their faults] with gracious forgiveness
15:86  Surely your Lord is the All Knowing Creator
15:87  We have given you the seven oft-recited verses and the great Quran
15:88  Do not strain your eyes towards the worldly benefits We have bestowed on some of them, nor grieve on their account. Lower your wing of mercy for the believer
15:89  and say, I am, indeed, a plain warner
15:90  such as We send down for those who are divisive
15:91  and who have broken the Scripture into fragment
15:92  by your Lord, We shall question them al
15:93  about whatever they had been doing
15:94  Proclaim openly what you are commanded, and avoid the polytheists
15:95  We will, surely, suffice you against those who mock
15:96  who set up another god with God, but they shall soon learn
15:97  We do indeed know how your heart is distressed at what they say
15:98  But glorify your Lord with His praise, and prostrate yourself
15:99  and worship your Lord until what is certain [death] comes to you