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15:1  Alif. Lam. Ra. These are the verses of the Scripture—a Quran that explains with clarity.
15:2  Perhaps those who disbelieve would wish that they had been Submitters.
15:3  Let them eat, enjoy, and let false hope distract them. Soon they will know.
15:4  We’ve never destroyed a community that didn’t have a known term.
15:5  No community can accelerate or postpone its appointed time.
15:6  They said, “O you to whom the reminder was revealed, you are surely deranged.”
15:7  “Why don’t you bring us the angels, if you are truthful?”
15:8  We only send angels with truth, and they wouldn’t be restrained.
15:9  Surely, it is We who revealed the Message, and it is We who will preserve it.
15:10  We sent messengers before you to the ancient communities.
15:11  Yet every messenger that came to them was ridiculed.
15:12  Thus, We subtly instill it into the hearts of the transgressors.
15:13  They will not have faith in it, though the ways of the ancients have passed away.
15:14  Even if we opened a gate to heaven for them, and they kept ascending through it.
15:15  They would still say, “Our eyes are tricked; we are under a spell.”
15:16  We positioned constellations in the sky, and We beautified it for the observers.
15:17  And We protected it from every accursed devil.
15:18  Except those who stealthily eavesdrop; a piercing flame pursues them.
15:19  We expanded the earth, set stabilizers upon it, and fostered balanced growth within it.
15:20  We made it a habitat for you and for those you don’t sustain.
15:21  There is not a thing but that with Us are its depositories, and We dispense it in known measure.
15:22  We send winds as pollinators, and We bring down water from the sky, providing you with it to drink. You don’t possess its reserves.
15:23  It is We who give life and cause death, and We are the ultimate Inheritors.
15:24  We know those among you who advance, and we know those who lag.
15:25  Your Lord will gather them all; He is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
15:26  We created man from clay, from molded mud.
15:27  And We created the jinn beforehand from scorching fire.
15:28  Your Lord told the angels, “I am creating a human being from clay, from molded mud.”
15:29  “Once I have shaped him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall in prostration before him.”
15:30  So, all the angels prostrated themselves collectively.
15:31  Except for Iblis, he refused to be among those who prostrated.
15:32  He asked, “O Iblis, what prevented you from prostrating with those who prostrated?”
15:33  He replied, “I will not prostrate to a human You created from clay, from molded mud.”
15:34  He said, “Depart from here, for you are a banished outcast.
15:35  And the curse will be upon you until Judgment Day.”
15:36  He pleaded, “My Lord, delay me until the Day they’re resurrected.”
15:37  He responded, “You are granted delay.
15:38  Until the appointed day and time.”
15:39  “Lord,” he declared, “since you have lured me away, I will glamorize for them on earth, and I will lure them all away.”
15:40  Except for Your chosen servants among them.”
15:41  He replied, “This is a straight path to Me.
15:42  You have no sway over My devotees, except those who follow you of the deviators.
15:43  And hell is promised to them all.
15:44  It has seven gates. For every gate, there is a designated portion of them.
15:45  The righteous will be in gardens and springs.”
15:46  “Enter it in peace, securely.”
15:47  We will remove from their hearts all ill feelings; they will be brethren, lounging on couches, facing one another.
15:48  No fatigue will touch them there, nor will they ever be asked to leave.
15:49  Inform My worshipers that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful.
15:50  And that My punishment is the painful punishment.
15:51  Relate to them the story of Abraham’s guests.
15:52  When they entered his presence, they greeted him with “Peace.” He responded, “We are uneasy about you.”
15:53  They reassured him, “Fear not; we bring you good news of a wise son.”
15:54  He asked, “How can you bring such news, given my advanced age? So what gives you this good news?”
15:55  They replied, “Indeed, we bring you truthful news, so don’t lose hope.”
15:56  He said, “None despairs of his Lord’s mercy except those who have strayed.”
15:57  He then inquired, “What’s your mission, O messengers?”
15:58  They replied, “We’ve been sent to a people steeped in sin.”
15:59  “Except for Lot’s family—we will rescue them all.”
15:60  “Except for his wife.” We had decreed that she would be among those left behind.
15:61  When the messengers arrived at Lot’s home.
15:62  He said, “You are a people unknown to me.”
15:63  They replied, “We’ve come to you with what they’ve been doubting.”
15:64  “We’ve brought you the truth, and indeed, we are truthful.”
15:65  “Leave with your family during the cover of night, and follow their footsteps. Let none of you look back, and proceed as instructed.”
15:66  We informed him of this mandate: “The last remnants of these people will be cut off by morning.”
15:67  And the people of the city came rejoicing.
15:68  He pleaded, “These are my guests; don’t dishonor me.”
15:69  “And fear God, and don’t embarrass me.”
15:70  They replied, “Didn’t we forbid you from strangers?”
15:71  He responded, “These are my daughters, if you must act.”
15:72  By your life, they were in their intoxication, blundering.
15:73  Then, the blast seized them at sunrise.
15:74  We turned it upside down, and We rained upon them stones of baked clay.
15:75  In this, there are signs for those who discern.
15:76  It was located on an established road.
15:77  Therein is certainly a sign for the believers.
15:78  The inhabitants of the wooded valley were also wrongdoers.
15:79  So, We exacted retribution from them. Both were visible from the main road.
15:80  Similarly, the inhabitants of the Rocky Tract rejected the messengers.
15:81  We presented them with Our signs, but they turned away from them.
15:82  They used to carve secure homes into the mountains.
15:83  Yet, the sudden blast seized them at dawn.
15:84  All that they had acquired availed them not.
15:85  We’ve created the heavens and the earth, and what lies between them, with truth. The Hour is certainly coming. So overlook with beautiful forgiveness.
15:86  Surely your Lord, He is the Creator, the All-Knowing.
15:87  We’ve given you seven pairs and the Grand Quran.
15:88  Don’t extend your eyes towards what We gave certain classes of them to enjoy, and don’t grieve over them. Instead, lower your wings to the believers.
15:89  Say, “I am the clear warner.”
15:90  Just as We had revealed to the separatists.
15:91  Those who split the Quran into parts.
15:92  By your Lord, We will surely interrogate them all.
15:93  About what they used to do.
15:94  So proclaim what you’re commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95  We are sufficient for you against the mockers.
15:96  Those who set up another deity with God—they will find out.
15:97  We know that their words cause you distress.
15:98  So, glorify your Lord with praise, and be of the ones who bow down.
15:99  And worship your Lord until certainty comes to you.