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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 A. L. R. These are verses from the Book, and a clear Reading
15:2 Perhaps those who disbelieve would like to become Muslims.
15:3 Leave them eating and enjoying themselves; let hope distract them, for they soon will know (anyhow).
15:4 We have never wiped out any town unless it had [received] a known term;
15:5 no nation can forestall its deadline, nor will they ever postpone it.
15:6 Yet they say: "You to whom the Reminder has been sent down, why you´re crazy!
15:7 Why don´t you bring us angels if you are so truthful?"´
15:8 We do not send down any angels except with the Truth, and even then they would not be allowed to wait.
15:9 We Ourself have sent down the Reminder just as We are safeguarding it.
15:10 Even before you, We sent [some] down among the sects of early people;
15:11 yet no messenger ever came to them whom they did not sneer at.
15:12 Thus We slip it into criminals´ hearts;
15:13 they will not believe in it, even though the custom of early people has already preceded it.
15:14 Even though We opened up a gate to Heaven for them so they might keep on climbing into it,
15:15 they still would say: "Our eyesight has been dazzled-in fact, we are enchanted folk!"
15:16 We have placed constellations in the sky and embellished it for onlookers.
15:17 We have safeguarded them against every outcast Satan
15:18 except for such as may try to eavesdrop, so a blazing meteor follows him.
15:19 Earth have We spread out and cast headlands upon it, and planted a bit of everything to grow there (so it is) well balanced.
15:20 We have placed various means of livelihood on it for (all of) you as well as anyone you do not have to provide for.
15:21 There is nothing whose stores are not [controlled] by Us, and We send it down only according to a fixed quantity.
15:22 We send forth fertilizing winds and send down water from the sky and offer you something to drink from it. You are not the ones who store it up.
15:23 We give life and bring death, and We are the Heirs [to every- thing]!
15:24 We know which of you try to get ahead and We know those who hold back.
15:25 Your Lord will summon them; He is Wise, Aware.
15:26 We created man from ringing clay, from moulded slime;
15:27 while the sprites We had created earlier from smokeless fire.
15:28 So your Lord told the angels: "I am about to create a human being from ringing clay, from moulded slime.
15:29 When I have finished with him and breathed some of My spirit into him, then drop down on your knees before him."
15:30 The angels all bowed down together
15:31 except for Diabolis; he refused to be one of those bowing down on their knees.
15:32 He said: "Diabolis, what is wrong with you that you are not among those who bow down on their knees?"
15:33 He said: "I am no one to kneel before a human being You have created from ringing clay, from moulded slime."
15:34 He said: "Then get out of here, for you are an outcast!
15:35 On you lies the Curse until the Day for Repayment!"
15:36 He said: ´My Lord, let me wait till the day when they are raised up again."
15:37 He said: "You will be allowed to wait
15:38 until a day in known time."
15:39 He said: "My Lord, since You have let me go astray, I shall make things on earth seem attractive to them; I´ll mislead them all
15:40 except for any of Your sincere servants who may be among them."
15:41 He said: "Here will be a Straight Road [leading] up to Me!
15:42 You will not hold any authority over My servants except for someone who may follow you from among those who are misguided.
15:43 Hell will [serve as] an appointment for all of them together.
15:44 It has seven gates; each gate will have a portion assigned from them."
15:45 The heedful will be in gardens and by springs:
15:46 Enter them safely, at peace!
15:47 We will strip away any rancor that [lingers] in their breasts; like brethren they will face one another on couches.
15:48 Toil will not touch them there, nor will they ever be expelled from it.
15:49 Advise My servants that I am the Forgiving, Merciful One,
15:50 although My torment will be painful torment.
15:51 Advise them about Abraham´s guests
15:52 how, when they entered his presence and said: "Peace!", he said: "We feel wary of you."
15:53 They said: ´Don´t feel so wary; We bring you word about a clever boy."
15:54 He said: "Have you brought me word like this once old age has set in on me? What sort of word do you want to spread?"
15:55 They said: "We have brought you word of the Truth, so do not act so discouraged."
15:56 He said: "Who despairs of his Lord´s mercy except those who are lost?"
15:57 He said: "Yet what is your errand, you emissaries?"
15:58 They said: "We have been sent for some criminal folk,
15:59 except for Lot´s house; we will rescue them all
15:60 except his wife. We have decreed that she will be one of those who will be left behind."
15:61 When the emissaries came to Lot´s household,
15:62 he said: "You are folk who should be ignored."
15:63 They said: Rather we have come to you about something they have been puzzling over.
15:64 We have brought you the Truth, for we are reliable.
15:65 Travel with your family at dead of night; you should follow in their rear, and let none of you glance around! Keep on going wherever you are ordered to.
15:66 We have passed judgment on that case for him so that those people´s last remnant shall be cut off once morning dawns for them."
15:67 The people of the city came up gay with the news.
15:68 He said: "These are my guests so do not disgrace me.
15:69 Heed God, and do not shame me."
15:70 They said: "Didn´t we forbid you to have contact with [anyone in] the Universe [outside]?"´
15:71 He said: "These are my daughters if you are going to do (something)."
15:72 Upon your life, they were groping along in their drunkenness
15:73 so the Blast caught them at sunrise:
15:74 We turned things upside down and rained down stones which had been stamped with their names on them.
15:75 In that are signs for investigators;
15:76 and it lies along a permanent highway.
15:77 In that is a sign for believers.
15:78 The Companions in the Forest had been wrongdoers,
15:79 so We avenged Ourself on them. Both are a clear indication.
15:80 The inhabitants of Stoneland rejected the emissaries.
15:81 We gave them Our signs even though they had shunned them.
15:82 They had confidently hewn houses out of the mountains.
15:83 So the Blast caught them early one morning
15:84 and what they had been earning did not help them out.
15:85 We have only created Heaven and Earth and whatever lies between them for the sake of Truth. The Hour is coming on, so examine [matters] with fine discrimination.
15:86 Your Lord is the Clever Creator!
15:87 We have brought you seven Oft-Repeated (verses] plus the Mighty Qur´an.
15:88 Do not strain your eyes towards what We let some types of them enjoy; do not feel saddened by them, and lower your [sheltering] wing over believers.
15:89 SAY:"I am the plain Warner,"
15:90 (such as We have sent down for the quibblers
15:91 who have torn the Quran apart.
15:92 By your Lord, We shall question them all
15:93 about whatever they have been doing!)
15:94 So proclaim whatever you are ordered to, and shun associators;
15:95 We will suffice for you against such scoffers
15:96 who place another deity alongside God [Alone], They soon will know!
15:97 We already know how cramped your breast feels because of what they say:
15:98 so hymn your Lord´s praise and be one of those who bow down on their knees (in worship).
15:99 Serve your Lord until conviction comes to you!


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