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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Abdel Haleem
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Abdel Haleem rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
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!”––
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 intoxication
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 wrongdoers
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 believers
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 bands
15:91 and abuse the Quran––
15:92 by your Lord, We will question them all
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.


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