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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Mustafa Khattab 2018
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The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 Alif-Lãm-Ra. These are the verses of the Book; the clear Quran.
15:2 ˹The day will come when˺ the disbelievers will certainly wish they had submitted ˹to Allah˺.
15:3 ˹So˺ let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by ˹false˺ hope, for they will soon know.
15:4 We have never destroyed a society without a destined term.
15:5 No people can advance their doom, nor can they delay it.
15:6 They say, “O you to whom the Reminder is revealed! You must be insane!
15:7 Why do you not bring us the angels, if what you say is true?”
15:8 We do not send the angels down except for a just cause, and then ˹the end of˺ the disbelievers will not be delayed.
15:9 It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder, and it is certainly We Who will preserve it.
15:10 Indeed, We sent messengers before you ˹O Prophet˺ among the groups of early peoples,
15:11 but no messenger ever came to them without being mocked.
15:12 This is how We allow disbelief ˹to steep˺ into the hearts of the wicked.
15:13 They would not believe in this ˹Quran˺ despite the ˹many˺ examples of those ˹destroyed˺ before.
15:14 And even if We opened for them a gate to heaven, through which they continued to ascend,
15:15 still they would say, “Our eyes have truly been dazzled! In fact, we must have been bewitched.”
15:16 Indeed, We have placed constellations in the sky, and adorned it for all to see.
15:17 And We protected it from every accursed devil,
15:18 except the one eavesdropping, who is then pursued by a visible flare.
15:19 As for the earth, We spread it out and placed upon it firm mountains, and caused everything to grow there in perfect balance.
15:20 And We made in it means of sustenance for you and others, who you do not provide for.
15:21 There is not any means ˹of sustenance˺ whose reserves We do not hold, only bringing it forth in precise measure.
15:22 We send fertilizing winds, and bring down rain from the sky for you to drink. It is not you who hold its reserves.
15:23 Surely it is We Who give life and cause death. And We are the ˹Eternal˺ Successor.
15:24 We certainly know those who have gone before you and those who will come after ˹you˺.
15:25 Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ will gather them together ˹for judgment˺. He is truly All-Wise, All-Knowing.
15:26 Indeed, We created man from sounding clay moulded from black mud.
15:27 As for the jinn, We created them earlier from smokeless fire.
15:28 ˹Remember, O Prophet˺ when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to create a human being from sounding clay moulded from black mud.
15:29 So when I have fashioned him and had a spirit of My Own ˹creation˺ breathed into him, fall down in prostration to him.”
15:30 So the angels prostrated all together—
15:31 but not Iblîs, who refused to prostrate with the others.
15:32 Allah asked, “O Iblîs! What is the matter with you that you did not join others in prostration?”
15:33 He replied, “It is not for me to prostrate to a human You created from sounding clay moulded from black mud.”
15:34 Allah commanded, “Then get out of Paradise, for you are truly cursed.
15:35 And surely upon you is condemnation until the Day of Judgment.”
15:36 Satan appealed, “My Lord! Then delay my end until the Day of their resurrection.”
15:37 Allah said, “You will be delayed
15:38 until the appointed Day.”
15:39 Satan responded, “My Lord! For allowing me to stray I will surely tempt them on earth and mislead them all together,
15:40 except Your chosen servants among them.”
15:41 Allah said, “This is the Way, binding on Me:
15:42 you will certainly have no authority over My servants, except the deviant who follow you,
15:43 and surely Hell is their destined place, all together.
15:44 It has seven gates, to each a group of them is designated.”
15:45 Indeed, the righteous will be amid Gardens and springs.
15:46 ˹It will be said to them,˺ “Enter in peace and security.”
15:47 We will remove whatever bitterness they had in their hearts. In a friendly manner, they will be on thrones, facing one another.
15:48 No fatigue will touch them there, nor will they ever be asked to leave.
15:49 Inform My servants ˹O Prophet˺ that I am truly the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful,
15:50 and that My torment is indeed the most painful.
15:51 And inform them ˹O Prophet˺ about Abraham’s guests
15:52 who entered upon him and greeted ˹him with˺, “Peace!” He ˹later˺ said, “Surely we are afraid of you.”
15:53 They reassured ˹him˺, “Do not be afraid! Surely we give you good news of a knowledgeable son.”
15:54 He wondered, “Do you give me good news despite my old age? What unlikely news!”
15:55 They responded, “We give you good news in all truth, so do not be one of those who despair.”
15:56 He exclaimed, “Who would despair of the mercy of their Lord except the misguided?”
15:57 He ˹then˺ added, “What is your mission, O messenger-angels?”
15:58 They replied, “We have actually been sent to a wicked people.
15:59 As for the family of Lot, we will certainly deliver them all,
15:60 except his wife. We have determined that she will be one of the doomed.”
15:61 So when the messengers came to the family of Lot,
15:62 he said, “You are surely an unfamiliar people!”
15:63 They responded, “We have come to you with that ˹torment˺ which they have doubted.
15:64 We come to you with the truth, and we are certainly truthful.
15:65 So travel with your family in the dark of night, and follow ˹closely˺ behind them. Do not let any of you look back, and go where you are commanded.”
15:66 We revealed to him this decree: “Those ˹sinners˺ will be uprooted in the morning.”
15:67 And there came the men of the city, rejoicing.
15:68 Lot pleaded, “Indeed, these are my guests, so do not embarrass me.
15:69 Fear Allah and do not humiliate me.”
15:70 They responded, “Have we not forbidden you from protecting anyone?”
15:71 He said, “O my people! Here are my daughters ˹so marry them˺ if you wish to do so.”
15:72 By your life ˹O Prophet˺, they certainly wandered blindly, intoxicated ˹by lust˺.
15:73 So the ˹mighty˺ blast overtook them at sunrise.
15:74 And We turned the cities ˹of Sodom and Gomorrah˺ upside down and rained upon them stones of baked clay.
15:75 Surely in this are signs for those who contemplate.
15:76 Their ruins still lie along a known route.
15:77 Surely in this is a sign for those who believe.
15:78 And the residents of the Forest were truly wrongdoers,
15:79 so We inflicted punishment upon them. The ruins of both nations still lie on a well-known road.
15:80 Indeed, the residents of the Stone Valley also denied the messengers.
15:81 We gave them Our signs, but they turned away from them.
15:82 They carved their homes in the mountains, feeling secure.
15:83 But the ˹mighty˺ blast overtook them in the morning,
15:84 and all they achieved was of no help to them.
15:85 We have not created the heavens and the earth and everything in between except for a purpose. And the Hour is certain to come, so forgive graciously.
15:86 Surely your Lord is the Master Creator, All-Knowing.
15:87 We have certainly granted you the seven often-repeated verses and the great Quran.
15:88 Do not let your eyes crave the ˹fleeting˺ pleasures We have provided for some of the disbelievers, nor grieve for them. And be gracious to the believers.
15:89 And say, “I am truly sent with a clear warning”—
15:90 ˹a warning˺ similar to what We sent to those who divided ˹the Scriptures˺,
15:91 who ˹now˺ accept parts of the Quran, rejecting others.
15:92 So by your Lord! We will certainly question them all
15:93 about what they used to do.
15:94 So proclaim what you have been commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95 Surely We will be sufficient for you against the mockers,
15:96 who set up ˹other˺ gods with Allah. They will soon come to know.
15:97 We certainly know that your heart is truly distressed by what they say.
15:98 So glorify the praises of your Lord and be one of those who ˹always˺ pray,
15:99 and worship your Lord until the inevitable comes to you.


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