Surah 15 - The Rock
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Qur'an - Translation
The Rock

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[15.1] Alif Lam Ra. These are the verses of the Book and (of) a Qur’an that makes (things) clear.

[15.2] Often will those who disbelieve wish that they had been Muslims.

[15.3] Leave them that they may eat and enjoy themselves and (that) hope may beguile them, for they will soon know.

[15.4] And never did We destroy a town but it had a term made known.

[15.5] No people can hasten on their doom nor can they postpone (it).

[15.6] And they say: O you to whom the Reminder has been revealed! you are most surely insane:

[15.7] Why do you not bring to us the angels if you are of the truthful ones?

[15.8] We do not send the angels but with truth, and then they would not be respited.

[15.9] Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian.

[15.10] And certainly We sent (apostles) before you among the nations of yore.

[15.11] And there never came an apostle to them but they mocked him.

[15.12] Thus do We make it to enter into the hearts of the guilty;

[15.13] They do not believe in it, and indeed the example of the former people has already passed.

[15.14] And even if We open to them a gateway of heaven, so that they ascend into it all the while,

[15.15] They would certainly say: Only our eyes have been covered over, rather we are an enchanted people.

[15.16] And certainly We have made strongholds in the heaven and We have made it fair seeming to the beholders.

[15.17] And We guard it against every accursed Shaitan,

[15.18] But he who steals a hearing, so there follows him a visible flame.

[15.19] And the earth -- We have spread it forth and made in it firm mountains and caused to grow in it of every suitable thing.

[15.20] And We have made in it means of subsistence for you and for him for whom you are not the suppliers.

[15.21] And there is not a thing but with Us are the treasures of it, and We do not send it down but in a known measure.

[15.22] And We send the winds fertilizing, then send down water from the cloud so We give it to you to drink of, nor is it you who store it up.

[15.23] And most surely We bring to life and cause to die and We are the heirs.

[15.24] And certainly We know those of you who have gone before and We certainly know those who shall come later.

[15.25] And surely your Lord will gather them together; surely He is Wise, Knowing.

[15.26] And certainly We created man of clay that gives forth sound, of black mud fashioned in shape.

[15.27] And the jinn We created before, of intensely hot fire.

[15.28] And when your Lord said to the angels: Surely I am going to create a mortal of the essence of black mud fashioned in shape.

[15.29] So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down making obeisance to him.

[15.30] So the angels made obeisance, all of them together,

[15.31] But Iblis (did it not); he refused to be with those who made obeisance.

[15.32] He said: O Iblis! what excuse have you that you are not with those who make obeisance?

[15.33] He said: I am not such that I should make obeisance to a mortal whom Thou hast created of the essence of black mud fashioned in shape.

[15.34] He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away:

[15.35] And surely on you is curse until the day of judgment.

[15.36] He said: My Lord! then respite me till the time when they are raised.

[15.37] He said: So surely you are of the respited ones,

[15.38] Till the period of the time made known.

[15.39] He said: My Lord! because Thou hast made life evil to me, I will certainly make (evil) fair-seeming to them on earth, and I will certainly cause them all to deviate,

[15.40] Except Thy servants from among them, the devoted ones.

[15.41] He said: This is a right way with Me:

[15.42] Surely, as regards My servants, you have no authority over them except those who follow you of the deviators.

[15.43] And surely Hell is the promised place of them all:

[15.44] It has seven gates; for every gate there shall be a separate party of them.

[15.45] Surely those who guard (against evil) shall be in the midst of gardens and fountains:

[15.46] Enter them in peace, secure.

[15.47] And We will root out whatever of rancor is in their breasts -- (they shall be) as brethren, on raised couches, face to face.

[15.48] Toil shall not afflict them in it, nor shall they be ever ejected from it.

[15.49] Inform My servants that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful,

[15.50] And that My punishment -- that is the painful punishment.

[15.51] And inform them of the guests of Ibrahim:

[15.52] When they entered upon him, they said, Peace. He said: Surely we are afraid of you.

[15.53] They said: Be not afraid, surely we give you the good news of a boy, possessing knowledge.

[15.54] He said: Do you give me good news (of a son) when old age has come upon me? -- Of what then do you give me good news!

[15.55] They said: We give you good news with truth, therefore be not of the despairing.

[15.56] He said: And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but the erring ones?

[15.57] He said: What is your business then, O messengers?

[15.58] They said: Surely we are sent towards a guilty people,

[15.59] Except Lut's followers: We will most surely deliver them all,

[15.60] Except his wife; We ordained that she shall surely be of those who remain behind.

[15.61] So when the messengers came to Lut's followers,

[15.62] He said: Surely you are an unknown people.

[15.63] They said: Nay, we have come to you with that about which they disputed.

[15.64] And we have come to you with the truth, and we are most surely truthful.

[15.65] Therefore go forth with your followers in a part of the night and yourself follow their rear, and let not any one of you turn round, and go forth whither you are commanded.

[15.66] And We revealed to him this decree, that the roots of these shall be cut off in the morning.

[15.67] And the people of the town came rejoicing.

[15.68] He said: Surely these are my guests, therefore do not disgrace me,

[15.69] And guard against (the punishment of) Allah and do not put me to shame.

[15.70] They said: Have we not forbidden you from (other) people?

[15.71] He said: These are my daughters, if you will do (aught).

[15.72] By your life! they were blindly wandering on in their intoxication.

[15.73] So the rumbling overtook them (while) entering upon the time of sunrise;

[15.74] Thus did We turn it upside down, and rained down upon them stones of what had been decreed.

[15.75] Surely in this are signs for those who examine.

[15.76] And surely it is on a road that still abides.

[15.77] Most surely there is a sign in this for the believers.

[15.78] And the dwellers of the thicket also were most surely unjust.

[15.79] So We inflicted retribution on them, and they are both, indeed, on an open road (still) pursued.

[15.80] And the dwellers of the Rock certainly rejected the messengers;

[15.81] And We gave them Our communications, but they turned aside from them;

[15.82] And they hewed houses in the mountains in security.

[15.83] So the rumbling overtook them in the morning;

[15.84] And what they earned did not avail them.

[15.85] And We did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them two but in truth; and the hour is most surely coming, so turn away with kindly forgiveness.

[15.86] Surely your Lord is the Creator of all things, the Knowing.

[15.87] And certainly We have given you seven of the oft-repeated (verses) and the grand Qur’an.

[15.88] Do not strain your eyes after what We have given certain classes of them to enjoy, and do not grieve for them, and make yourself gentle to the believers.

[15.89] And say: Surely I am the plain warner.

[15.90] Like as We sent down on the dividers,

[15.91] Those who made the Qur’an into shreds.

[15.92] So, by your Lord, We would most certainly question them all,

[15.93] As to what they did.

[15.94] Therefore declare openly what you are bidden and turn aside from the polytheists.

[15.95] Surely We will suffice you against the scoffers,

[15.96] Those who set up another god with Allah; so they shall soon know.

[15.97] And surely We know that your breast straitens at what they say;

[15.98] Therefore celebrate the praise of your Lord, and be of those who make obeisance.

[15.99] And serve your Lord until there comes to you that which is certain.

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