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15:1  Alif Lam Ra These are the verses of the Scripture, a Quran that makes things clear
15:2  The disbelievers may well come to wish they had submitted to God
15:3  so [Prophet] leave them to eat and enjoy themselves. Let [false] hopes distract them: they will come to know
15:4  Never have We destroyed a community that did not have a set time
15:5  no community can bring its time forward, nor delay it
15:6  They say, ‘Receiver of this Quran! You are definitely mad
15:7  Why do you not bring us the angels, if you are telling the truth?’
15:8  But We send down the angels only to bring justice and then these people will not be reprieved
15:9  We have sent down the Quran Ourself, and We Ourself will guard it. Even before you [Prophet]
15:10  We sent messengers among the various communities of old
15:11  but they mocked every single messenger that came to them
15:12  in this way We make the message slip through the hearts of evildoers
15:13  They will not believe in it. That was what happened with the peoples of long ago
15:14  and even if We opened a gateway into Heaven for them and they rose through it, higher and higher
15:15  they would still say, ‘Our eyes are hallucinating. We are bewitched.’
15:16  We have set constellations up in the sky and made it beautiful for all to see
15:17  and guarded it from every stoned satan
15:18  any eavesdropper will be pursued by a clearly visible flame
15:19  As for the earth, We have spread it out, set firm mountains on it, and made everything grow there in due balance
15:20  We have provided sustenance in it for you and for all those creatures for whom you do not provide
15:21  There is not a thing whose storehouses are not with Us. We send it down only according to a well-defined measure
15:22  We send the winds to fertilize, and We bring down water from the sky for you to drink- you do not control its sources
15:23  It is We who give life and death; it is We who inherit [everything]
15:24  We know exactly those of you who come first and those who come later
15:25  [Prophet], it is your Lord who will gather them all together: He is all wise, all knowing
15:26  We created man out of dried clay formed from dark mud
15:27  the jinn We created before, from the fire of scorching wind
15:28  Your Lord said to the angels, ‘I will create a mortal out of dried clay, formed from dark mud
15:29  When I have fashioned him and breathed My spirit into him, bow down before him,’
15:30  and the angels all did so
15:31  But not Iblis: he refused to bow down like the others
15:32  God said, ‘Iblis, why did you not bow down like the others?’
15:33  and he answered, ‘I will not bow to a mortal You created from dried clay, formed from dark mud.’
15:34  ‘Get out of here!’ said God. ‘You are an outcast
15:35  rejected until the Day of Judgement.’
15:36  Iblis said, ‘My Lord, give me respite until the Day when they are raised from the dead.’
15:37  ‘You have respite,’ said God
15:38  ‘until the Day of the Appointed Time.’
15:39  Iblis then said to God, ‘Because You have put me in the wrong, I will lure mankind on earth and put them in the wrong
15:40  all except Your devoted servants.’
15:41  God said, ‘[Devotion] is a straight path to Me
15:42  you will have no power over My servants, only over the ones who go astray and follow you
15:43  Hell is the promised place for all these
15:44  with seven gates, each gate having its allotted share of them
15:45  But the righteous will be in Gardens with springs
15:46  “Enter them in peace and safety!”–&ndash
15:47  and We shall remove any bitterness from their hearts: [they will be like] brothers, sitting on couches, face to face
15:48  No weariness will ever touch them there, nor will they ever be expelled.’
15:49  [Prophet], tell My servants that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful
15:50  but My torment is the truly painful one
15:51  Tell them too about Abraham’s guests
15:52  when they came to him and said, ‘Peace,’ he said, ‘We are afraid of you.’
15:53  ‘Do not be afraid,’ they said, ‘We bring you good news of a son who will have great knowledge.’
15:54  He said, ‘How can you give me such news when old age has come to me? What sort of news is this?’
15:55  They said, ‘We have told you the truth, so do not despair.’
15:56  He said, ‘Who but the misguided despair of the mercy of their Lord?’
15:57  and then asked, ‘Messengers, what is your errand?’
15:58  They replied, ‘We have been sent to a people who are guilty.’
15:59  But We shall save the household of Lot
15:60  all except his wife: We have decreed that she will be one of those who stay behind
15:61  When the messengers came to the household of Lot
15:62  he said, ‘You are strangers.’
15:63  They said, ‘We have brought you what they said would never happen
15:64  we have brought you the Truth. We speak truly
15:65  so leave in the dead of the night with your household, and walk behind them. Let none of you look back. Go where you are commanded.’
15:66  We made this decree known to him: the last remnants of those people would be wiped out in the morning
15:67  The people of the town came along, revelling
15:68  and he told them, ‘These are my guests, do not disgrace me
15:69  Fear God, and do not shame me.’
15:70  They answered, ‘Have we not told you not to interfere [between us and] anyone else?’
15:71  He said, ‘My daughters are here, if you must.’
15:72  By your life [Prophet], they wandered on in their wild intoxicatio
15:73  and the blast overtook them at sunrise
15:74  We turned their city upside down and rained on them a shower of clay stones
15:75  There truly is a sign in this for those who can learn
15:76  it is still there on the highway
15:77  there truly is a sign in this for those who believe
15:78  The forest-dwellers, too, were wrongdoer
15:79  and We took retribution on them; both are still there on the highway, plain for all to see
15:80  The people of al-Hijr also rejected Our messengers
15:81  We gave them Our signs, but they turned their backs
15:82  They carved out dwellings in the mountains, and lived in security
15:83  the blast overwhelmed them early in the morning
15:84  What they had gained was of no use to them
15:85  We did not create the heavens and the earth and everything between them without a true purpose: the Hour will certainly come, so [Prophet] bear with them graciously
15:86  Your Lord is the All Knowing Creator
15:87  We have given you the seven oft-recited versesand the whole glorious Quran
15:88  Do not look longingly at the good things We have given some to enjoy. Do not grieve over the [disbelievers], but lower your wings over the believer
15:89  and say, ‘I am here to give plain warning,’
15:90  like the [warning] We have sent down for those who divide themselves into band
15:91  and abuse the Quran–&ndash
15:92  by your Lord, We will question them al
15:93  about their deeds
15:94  So proclaim openly what you have been commanded [to say], and ignore the idolaters
15:95  We are enough for you against all those who ridicule your message
15:96  who set up another god beside God- they will come to know
15:97  We are well aware that your heart is weighed down by what they say
15:98  Celebrate the glory of your Lord and be among those who bow down to Him
15:99  worship your Lord until what is certain comes to you