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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 ALIF lām rā. These are the revelations of the Book, and a veritable Koran:
15:2 The day will surely come when those who disbelieve will wish that they were Muslims.
15:3 Let them feast and make merry; and let their hopes beguile them. They shall learn.
15:4 Never have We destroyed a city whose term of life was not ordained and known beforehand.
15:5 Communities cannot forestall their doom, nor can they retard it.
15:6 They say: ‘You to whom the Admonition was revealed, you are surely possessed.
15:7 Bring down to us the angels, if what you say be true.‘
15:8 We shall send down the angels only with the Truth. Then shall they never be reprieved.
15:9 It was We that revealed the Admonition, and shall Ourself preserve it.
15:10 We have sent forth apostles before you to the older nations:
15:11 but they scoffed at each apostle We sent them.
15:12 Thus do We put doubt into the hearts of the guilty:
15:13 they deny him, despite the example of the ancients.
15:14 If We opened for them a gate in heaven and they ascended through it higher and higher,
15:15 still would they say: ‘Our eyes were dazzled: truly, we must have been bewitched.‘
15:16 And We have decked the sky with constellations and made them lovely to behold.
15:17 And We have guarded them from every cursed demon.
15:18 Eavesdroppers are pursued by fiery comets.
15:19 We have spread out the earth and set upon it immovable mountains.
15:20 We have planted it with every seasonable fruit, providing sustenance for yourselves and for those you do not provide for.
15:21 We hold the store of every blessing and send it down only in appropriate measure.
15:22 We let loose the fertilizing winds and bring down water from the sky for you to drink; its stores are beyond your reach.
15:23 It is surely We who ordain life and death; We are the Heir of all things.
15:24 We surely know those who have gone before you, as we surely know those who will come hereafter;
15:25 and it is your Lord who shall herd them all together. He is wise and all-knowing.
15:26 We created man from dry clay, from black moulded loam,
15:27 and before him Satan from smokeless fire.
15:28 Your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am creating man from dry clay, from black moulded loam.
15:29 When I have fashioned him and breathed My spirit into him, kneel down and prostrate yourselves before him.‘
15:30 The angels, one and all, prostrated themselves,
15:31 except Satan: he refused to be with those who prostrated themselves.
15:32 He said: ‘Satan, how is it that you are not with those who prostrated themselves?‘
15:33 He said: ‘I was not to bow to a mortal whom You created of dry clay, of black moulded loam.‘
15:34 Get you hence,‘ said He, ‘you are accursed:
15:35 And the curse shall be on you till Judgement-day.‘
15:36 Lord,‘ he said, ‘reprieve me till the Day of Resurrection.‘
15:37 He said: ‘You are reprieved
15:38 till the Appointed Day.‘
15:39 Lord,‘ said Satan, ‘since You have thus tempted me, I will seduce those on earth:
15:40 I will surely tempt them all, except those among them who are Your faithful servants.‘
15:41 He said: ‘This is My straight path.
15:42 You shall have no power over My servants, only the sinners who follow you:
15:43 they are all destined for Hell.
15:44 It has seven gates, and through each gate they shall come in separate bands.
15:45 The righteous shall dwell among gardens and fountains;
15:46 in peace and safety shall they enter them.
15:47 We shall remove all rancour from their hearts, and they shall take their ease on couches face to face, a band of brothers.
15:48 Toil shall not weary them, nor shall they ever be driven out.
15:49 Tell My servants that I alone am the Forgiving One, the Compassionate;
15:50 and that My scourge is the woeful scourge.
15:51 And tell them of Abraham‘s guests:
15:52 When they went in to him and said: ‘Peace,‘ he said: ‘We fear your intent.‘
15:53 Have no fear,‘ they said. ‘We come to you with joyful tidings. You shall have a son endowed with knowledge.‘
15:54 He said: ‘Do you bring me such joyful tidings in my old age? What joyful tidings can you bring me?‘
15:55 They said: ‘We do gladden you with the Truth. Do not despair.‘
15:56 He said: ‘Who but the lost would despair of God‘s mercy?
15:57 Envoys,‘ he said, ‘what is your errand?‘
15:58 They said: ‘We are sent forth to a sinful people.
15:59 The house of Lot alone we shall deliver,
15:60 except his wife.‘ We had decreed that she should stay with those who were to stay behind.
15:61 And when the envoys came to the house of Lot,
15:62 he said: ‘No one knows you.‘
15:63 No,‘ they said. ‘We bring you news of that concerning which they are in doubt.
15:64 We bring you Truth, and what we say is true.
15:65 Go with your kin in the dead of night; walk in their rear and let none turn round: go where you are commanded.‘
15:66 Such was the command We gave him; those were to be obliterated next morning.
15:67 And the townsfolk came to him rejoicing.
15:68 He said: ‘These are my guests; do not disgrace me.
15:69 Fear God and do not shame me.‘
15:70 They said: ‘Did we not forbid you to entertain strangers?‘
15:71 He said: ‘These are my daughters: take them, if you are bent on doing the deed.‘
15:72 By your life, they were reeling in their frenzy!
15:73 At sunrise the Cry took them.
15:74 We turned their city upside down and let loose a shower of clay-stones upon them.
15:75 Surely in this there are signs for prudent people.
15:76 The road on which it stood is trodden still.
15:77 Surely in this there is a sign for true believers.
15:78 Surely the dwellers of the Forest¹ also did wrong.
15:79 On them, too, We took vengeance, and made of both a manifest example.
15:80 The people of Hijr² also denied the apostles.
15:81 We gave them Our signs, but they ignored them.
15:82 They hewed their dwellings out of the mountains and led their lives in safety.
15:83 But one morning the Cry took them.
15:84 Nothing did their gains avail them.
15:85 It was but to reveal the Truth that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them. The Hour is sure to come: bear with them nobly.
15:86 It is your Lord who is the all-knowing Creator.
15:87 We have given you the seven oft-repeated verses³ and the Glorious Koran.
15:88 Do not eye with envy what We have given some among them to enjoy, nor grieve on their account. Show kindness to the faithful,
15:89 and say: ‘I am he that gives veritable warning.‘
15:90 As surely will We punish the schismatics, those who have broken up
15:91 the Koran into bits and pieces.⁴
15:92 By the Lord, We will question them
15:93 all about their doings.
15:94 Proclaim, then, what you are bidden and let the idolaters be.
15:95 We will Ourself sustain you against those that mock you
15:96 and serve other deities besides God. They shall learn.
15:97 We know you are distressed by what they say.
15:98 Give glory in praise of your Lord and prostrate yourself.
15:99 Worship your Lord till the inevitable overtakes you.


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