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15:1  Alif-Lãm-Ra. These are the verses of the Book; the clear Quran.
15:2  ˹The day will come when˺ the disbelievers will certainly wish they had submitted ˹to Allah˺.
15:3  ˹So˺ let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by ˹false˺ hope, for they will soon know.
15:4  We have never destroyed a society without a destined term.
15:5  No people can advance their doom, nor can they delay it.
15:6  They say, “O you to whom the Reminder is revealed! You must be insane!
15:7  Why do you not bring us the angels, if what you say is true?”
15:8  We do not send the angels down except for a just cause, and then ˹the end of˺ the disbelievers will not be delayed.
15:9  It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder, and it is certainly We Who will preserve it.
15:10  Indeed, We sent messengers before you ˹O Prophet˺ among the groups of early peoples,
15:11  but no messenger ever came to them without being mocked.
15:12  This is how We allow disbelief ˹to steep˺ into the hearts of the wicked.
15:13  They would not believe in this ˹Quran˺ despite the ˹many˺ examples of those ˹destroyed˺ before.
15:14  And even if We opened for them a gate to heaven, through which they continued to ascend,
15:15  still they would say, “Our eyes have truly been dazzled! In fact, we must have been bewitched.”
15:16  Indeed, We have placed constellations in the sky, and adorned it for all to see.
15:17  And We protected it from every accursed devil,
15:18  except the one eavesdropping, who is then pursued by a visible flare.
15:19  As for the earth, We spread it out and placed upon it firm mountains, and caused everything to grow there in perfect balance.
15:20  And We made in it means of sustenance for you and others, who you do not provide for.
15:21  There is not any means ˹of sustenance˺ whose reserves We do not hold, only bringing it forth in precise measure.
15:22  We send fertilizing winds, and bring down rain from the sky for you to drink. It is not you who hold its reserves.
15:23  Surely it is We Who give life and cause death. And We are the ˹Eternal˺ Successor.
15:24  We certainly know those who have gone before you and those who will come after ˹you˺.
15:25  Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ will gather them together ˹for judgment˺. He is truly All-Wise, All-Knowing.
15:26  Indeed, We created man from sounding clay moulded from black mud.
15:27  As for the jinn, We created them earlier from smokeless fire.
15:28  ˹Remember, O Prophet˺ when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to create a human being from sounding clay moulded from black mud.
15:29  So when I have fashioned him and had a spirit of My Own ˹creation˺ breathed into him, fall down in prostration to him.”
15:30  So the angels prostrated all together—
15:31  but not Iblîs, who refused to prostrate with the others.
15:32  Allah asked, “O Iblîs! What is the matter with you that you did not join others in prostration?”
15:33  He replied, “It is not for me to prostrate to a human You created from sounding clay moulded from black mud.”
15:34  Allah commanded, “Then get out of Paradise, for you are truly cursed.
15:35  And surely upon you is condemnation until the Day of Judgment.”
15:36  Satan appealed, “My Lord! Then delay my end until the Day of their resurrection.”
15:37  Allah said, “You will be delayed
15:38  until the appointed Day.”
15:39  Satan responded, “My Lord! For allowing me to stray I will surely tempt them on earth and mislead them all together,
15:40  except Your chosen servants among them.”
15:41  Allah said, “This is the Way, binding on Me:
15:42  you will certainly have no authority over My servants, except the deviant who follow you,
15:43  and surely Hell is their destined place, all together.
15:44  It has seven gates, to each a group of them is designated.”
15:45  Indeed, the righteous will be amid Gardens and springs.
15:46  ˹It will be said to them,˺ “Enter in peace and security.”
15:47  We will remove whatever bitterness they had in their hearts. In a friendly manner, they will be on thrones, facing one another.
15:48  No fatigue will touch them there, nor will they ever be asked to leave.
15:49  Inform My servants ˹O Prophet˺ that I am truly the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful,
15:50  and that My torment is indeed the most painful.
15:51  And inform them ˹O Prophet˺ about Abraham’s guests
15:52  who entered upon him and greeted ˹him with˺, “Peace!” He ˹later˺ said, “Surely we are afraid of you.”
15:53  They reassured ˹him˺, “Do not be afraid! Surely we give you good news of a knowledgeable son.”
15:54  He wondered, “Do you give me good news despite my old age? What unlikely news!”
15:55  They responded, “We give you good news in all truth, so do not be one of those who despair.”
15:56  He exclaimed, “Who would despair of the mercy of their Lord except the misguided?”
15:57  He ˹then˺ added, “What is your mission, O messenger-angels?”
15:58  They replied, “We have actually been sent to a wicked people.
15:59  As for the family of Lot, we will certainly deliver them all,
15:60  except his wife. We have determined that she will be one of the doomed.”
15:61  So when the messengers came to the family of Lot,
15:62  he said, “You are surely an unfamiliar people!”
15:63  They responded, “We have come to you with that ˹torment˺ which they have doubted.
15:64  We come to you with the truth, and we are certainly truthful.
15:65  So travel with your family in the dark of night, and follow ˹closely˺ behind them. Do not let any of you look back, and go where you are commanded.”
15:66  We revealed to him this decree: “Those ˹sinners˺ will be uprooted in the morning.”
15:67  And there came the men of the city, rejoicing.
15:68  Lot pleaded, “Indeed, these are my guests, so do not embarrass me.
15:69  Fear Allah and do not humiliate me.”
15:70  They responded, “Have we not forbidden you from protecting anyone?”
15:71  He said, “O my people! Here are my daughters ˹so marry them˺ if you wish to do so.”
15:72  By your life ˹O Prophet˺, they certainly wandered blindly, intoxicated ˹by lust˺.
15:73  So the ˹mighty˺ blast overtook them at sunrise.
15:74  And We turned the cities ˹of Sodom and Gomorrah˺ upside down and rained upon them stones of baked clay.
15:75  Surely in this are signs for those who contemplate.
15:76  Their ruins still lie along a known route.
15:77  Surely in this is a sign for those who believe.
15:78  And the residents of the Forest were truly wrongdoers,
15:79  so We inflicted punishment upon them. The ruins of both nations still lie on a well-known road.
15:80  Indeed, the residents of the Stone Valley also denied the messengers.
15:81  We gave them Our signs, but they turned away from them.
15:82  They carved their homes in the mountains, feeling secure.
15:83  But the ˹mighty˺ blast overtook them in the morning,
15:84  and all they achieved was of no help to them.
15:85  We have not created the heavens and the earth and everything in between except for a purpose. And the Hour is certain to come, so forgive graciously.
15:86  Surely your Lord is the Master Creator, All-Knowing.
15:87  We have certainly granted you the seven often-repeated verses and the great Quran.
15:88  Do not let your eyes crave the ˹fleeting˺ pleasures We have provided for some of the disbelievers, nor grieve for them. And be gracious to the believers.
15:89  And say, “I am truly sent with a clear warning”—
15:90  ˹a warning˺ similar to what We sent to those who divided ˹the Scriptures˺,
15:91  who ˹now˺ accept parts of the Quran, rejecting others.
15:92  So by your Lord! We will certainly question them all
15:93  about what they used to do.
15:94  So proclaim what you have been commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95  Surely We will be sufficient for you against the mockers,
15:96  who set up ˹other˺ gods with Allah. They will soon come to know.
15:97  We certainly know that your heart is truly distressed by what they say.
15:98  So glorify the praises of your Lord and be one of those who ˹always˺ pray,
15:99  and worship your Lord until the inevitable comes to you.