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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.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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?&lsquo
15:33 He said: ‘I was not to bow to a mortal whom You created of dry clay, of black moulded loam.&lsquo
15:34 Get you hence,‘ said He, ‘you are accursed
15:35 And the curse shall be on you till Judgement-day.&lsquo
15:36 Lord,‘ he said, ‘reprieve me till the Day of Resurrection.&lsquo
15:37 He said: ‘You are reprieve
15:38 till the Appointed Day.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
15:53 Have no fear,‘ they said. ‘We come to you with joyful tidings. You shall have a son endowed with knowledge.&lsquo
15:54 He said: ‘Do you bring me such joyful tidings in my old age? What joyful tidings can you bring me?&lsquo
15:55 They said: ‘We do gladden you with the Truth. Do not despair.&lsquo
15:56 He said: ‘Who but the lost would despair of God‘s mercy
15:57 Envoys,‘ he said, ‘what is your errand?&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
15:70 They said: ‘Did we not forbid you to entertain strangers?&lsquo
15:71 He said: ‘These are my daughters: take them, if you are bent on doing the deed.&lsquo
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.&lsquo
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 the
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 yo
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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