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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Maulana Muhammad Ali
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Maulana Muhammad Ali rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 I, Allah, am the Seer. These are the verses of the Book and (of) a Qur’an that makes manifest
15:2 Often will those who disbelieve wish that they were Muslims
15:3 Leave them to eat and enjoy themselves, and let (false) hope beguile them, for they will soon know
15:4 And never did We destroy a town but it had a decree made known
15:5 No people can hasten on their doom, nor can they postpone (it)
15:6 And they say: O thou to whom the Reminder is revealed, thou art indeed mad
15:7 Why bringest thou not the angels to us, if thou art of the truthful
15:8 We send not angels but with truth, and then they would not be respited
15:9 Surely We have revealed the Reminder, and surely We are its Guardian
15:10 And certainly We sent (messengers) before thee among the sects of yore
15:11 And there never came a messenger to them but they mocked him
15:12 Thus do We make it enter the hearts of the guilty -
15:13 They believe not in it; and the example of the ancients has gone before
15:14 And even if We open to them a gate of heaven, and they keep on ascending into it
15:15 They would say: Only our eyes have been covered over, rather we are an enchanted people
15:16 And certainly We have made strongholds in the heaven, and We have made it fair-seeming to the beholders
15:17 And We guard it against every accursed devil
15:18 But he who steals a hearing; so there follows him a visible flame
15:19 And the earth -- We have spread it out and made in it firm mountains and caused to grow in it of every suitable thing
15:20 And We have made in it means of subsistence for you and for him for whom you provide not
15:21 And there is not a thing but with Us are the treasures of it, and We send it not down but in a known measure
15:22 And We send the winds fertilizing, then send down water from the clouds, so We give it to you to drink; not is it you who store it up
15:23 And surely it is We, Who give life and cause death, and We are the Inheritors
15:24 And certainly We know those among you who go forward and We certainly know those who lag behind
15:25 And surely thy Lord will gather them together. He indeed is Wise, Knowing
15:26 And surely We created man of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape
15:27 And the jinn, We created before of intensely hot fire
15:28 And when thy Lord said to the angels: I am going to create a mortal of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape
15:29 So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down making obeisance to him
15:30 So the angels made obeisance, all of them together -
15:31 But Iblis (did it not). He refused to be with those who made obeisance
15:32 He said: O Iblis, what is the reason that thou art not with those who make obeisance
15:33 He said: I am not going to make obeisance to a mortal, whom Thou has created of sounding clay, of black mud fashioned into shape
15:34 He said: Then go forth, for surely thou art driven away
15:35 And surely on thee is a curse till the day of Judgment
15:36 He said: My Lord, respite me till the time when they are raised
15:37 He said: Surely thou art of the respited one
15:38 Till the period of the time made known
15:39 He said: My Lord, as Thou has judged me erring, I shall certainly make (evil) fair-seeming to them on earth, and I shall cause them all to deviate
15:40 Except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones
15:41 He said: This is a right way with Me
15:42 As regards My servants, thou has no authority over them except such of the deviators as follow thee
15:43 And surely hell is the promised place for them all -
15:44 It has seven gates. For each gate is an appointed portion of them
15:45 Surely those who keep their duty are in Gardens and fountains
15:46 Enter them in peace, secure
15:47 And We shall root out whatever of rancour is in their breasts -- as brethren, on raised couches, face to face
15:48 Toil afflicts them not therein, nor will they be ejected therefrom
15:49 Inform My servants that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful
15:50 And that My chastisement -- that is the painful chastisement
15:51 And inform them of the guests of Abraham
15:52 When they entered upon him, they said, Please! He said: We are afraid of you
15:53 They said: Be not afraid, we give thee good news of a boy, possessing knowledge
15:54 He said: Do you give me good news when old age has come upon me? Of what then do you give me good news
15:55 They said: We give thee good news with truth, so be not thou of the despairing ones
15:56 He said: And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but the erring ones
15:57 He said: What is your business, then, O messengers
15:58 They said: We have been sent to a guilty people
15:59 Except Lot’s followers. We shall deliver them all
15:60 Except his wife: We ordained that she shall surely be of those who remain behind
15:61 So when the messengers came to Lot’s followers
15:62 He said: Surely you are an unknown people
15:63 They said: Nay, we have come to thee with that about which they disputed
15:64 And we have come to thee with the truth, and we are surely truthful
15:65 So travel with thy followers for a part of the night and thyself follow their rear; and let not any one of you turn round, and go whither you are commanded
15:66 And We made known to him this decree, that the roots of these should be cut off in the morning
15:67 And the people of the town came rejoicing
15:68 He said: These are my guests, so disgrace me not
15:69 And keep your duty to Allah and shame me not
15:70 They said: Did we not forbid thee from (entertaining) people
15:71 He said: These are my daughters, if you will do (aught)
15:72 By thy life! they blindly wandered on in their frenzy
15:73 So the cry overtook them at sunrise
15:74 Thus We turned it upside down and rained upon them hard stones
15:75 Surely in this are signs for those who take a lesson
15:76 And it is on a road that still abides
15:77 Verily therein is a sign for the believers
15:78 And the dwellers of the thicket were indeed iniquitous
15:79 So We inflicted retribution on them. And they are both on an open high road
15:80 And the dwellers of the Rock indeed rejected the messengers
15:81 And We gave them Our messages, but they turned away from them
15:82 And they hewed houses in the mountains, in security
15:83 So the cry overtook them in the morning
15:84 And what they earned availed them not
15:85 And We created not the heavens and the earth and what is between them but with truth. And the Hour is surely coming, so turn away with kindly forgiveness
15:86 Surely thy Lord -- He is the Creator, the Knower
15:87 And certainly We have given thee seven oft-repeated (verses) and the grand Qur’an
15:88 Strain not thine eyes at what We have given certain classes of them to enjoy, and grieve not for them, and make thyself gentle to the believers
15:89 And say: I am indeed the plain Wagner
15:90 Like as We sent down on them who took oaths
15:91 Those who divided the Qur’an into parts
15:92 So, by thy Lord! We shall question them all
15:93 As to what they did
15:94 Therefore declare openly what thou art commanded, and turn away from he polytheists
15:95 Surely We are sufficient for thee against the scoffers -
15:96 Those who set up another god with Allah; so they will come to know
15:97 And We know indeed that thy breast straitens at what they say
15:98 So celebrate the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who make obeisance
15:99 And serve thy Lord, until there comes to thee that which is certain


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