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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by M. Farook Malik

Farook Malik rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
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15:1 Alif L'am Ra. These are the verses of the Divine Book, the Glorious Qur’an which makes the things clear.
15:2 The Day will come when the unbelievers will wish that they were Muslims.
15:3 Leave them alone to eat and enjoy themselves and be deluded by false hopes, for soon they will find out the Truth.
15:4 Never did We destroy a town whose term of life was not ordained beforehand.
15:5 No people can forestall their doom, nor can they postpone it.
15:6 They say: "O you to whom the reminder (The Qur'an) is being revealed! You are surely insane.
15:7 Why don’t you bring us the angels, if you are of the truthful ones?"
15:8 O Muhammad, tell them: "We do not send down the angels except for just cause (to execute Our scourge), and when they come, people are not given respite.
15:9 Surely We have revealed this reminder (The Qur'an); and We will surely preserve it Ourself.
15:10 Certainly We sent Messengers before you among the early nations;
15:11 but whenever a Messenger came to them, they mocked him.
15:12 Thus do We let doubt creep into the hearts of the criminals;
15:13 that they do not believe in it (The Qur'an), despite the examples of the people who passed before them.
15:14 Even if we had opened a gate in Heaven and they ascend through it and keep on ascending,
15:15 still they would have said, 'Our eyes have been dazzled; rather we have been bewitched.'"
15:16 It is We who have decked the heavens with constellations and made them fair- seeming for the beholders;
15:17 and We have guarded them from every accursed Satan.
15:18 Any Satan that steals a hearing, there follows him a fiery comet.
15:19 We have spread out the earth and set mountains upon it; and caused to grow every suitable thing therein,
15:20 and We provided therein means of sustenance for you and many other creatures to whom you do not provide.
15:21 There is nothing which is not in Our inexhaustible treasure and sent down in appropriate measure.
15:22 We send the fertilizing winds and send down water from the sky for you to drink; it is not you who hold the storage of this wealth.
15:23 Certainly it is We who give life and cause to die, and We are the inheritors of all.
15:24 Certainly We have full knowledge of those who have gone before you and certainly We know those who will come later.
15:25 Surely your Lord will gather them together; surely He is Wise, Knowledgeable.
15:26 We created man from sounding clay, black mud moulded into shape;
15:27 while before him We had created Jinn from smokeless fire.
15:28 Remember when your Lord said to the angels: "I am about to create a man from sounding clay, black mud moulded into shape;
15:29 when I complete his moulding and breath into him of My spirit, kneel down and prostrate before him."
15:30 Accordingly the angels prostrated altogether,
15:31 except Iblees (The Satan); he refused to join those who prostrated.
15:32 Allah asked: "O Iblees! What is the matter with you that you did not join those who prostrated?"
15:33 He replied: "It does not behoove me to prostrate myself to this man whom You have created from sounding clay, black mud moulded into shape."
15:34 Allah said: "Get out of here, you are accursed.
15:35 The curse will remain on you till the Day of Judgement."
15:36 At this Iblees requested: "Lord! Give me respite till the Day of Resurrection."
15:37 Allah said: "All right! You are given the respite
15:38 till the Day of appointed time."
15:39 Iblees said: "Lord! Since You let me go astray, I will make evil fair-seeming to them on earth and I will seduce them all
15:40 except those of them who are Your sincere devotees."
15:41 Allah said: "This course of action is all right with Me
15:42 - you will not have any authority over My devotees except those misguided ones who follow you.
15:43 They will be all destined for Hell,
15:44 which has seven gates, each gate will be assigned to a separate group from among them."
15:45 The righteous will be in the midst of the gardens and fountains of paradise
15:46 and it will be said to them: "Enter into these in peace and security."
15:47 We shall remove all hatred from their hearts -they will become like brothers and sit on couches face to face.
15:48 No fatigue will touch them in there, nor will they ever be asked to leave.
15:49 O Prophet! Tell My devotees that I am indeed the Forgiving, the Merciful;
15:50 but at the same time My punishment is also the most painful punishment.
15:51 Tell them about the guests of Abraham.
15:52 They entered upon them and said: "Peace be upon you!" But he replied: "Surely we are afraid of you."
15:53 They answered: "Do not be afraid of us! We have come to you with good news of a son endowed with knowledge."
15:54 He said: "Are you giving me the good news of a son when I have become old? What kind of good news you are giving?"
15:55 They replied: "We are giving you true good news; you should not be of those who despair."
15:56 He said: "Who would despair of the mercy of his Lord except one who goes astray?"
15:57 Then he asked: "On what expedition you have been sent, O emissaries of Allah?"
15:58 They replied: "We have been sent to punish a criminal nation,
15:59 with the exception of Lot’s (Lot's) family; we will certainly rescue them all
15:60 except his wife, who, Allah says, has been destined to remain with those who will stay behind."
15:61 So when the emissaries came to the family of Lot,
15:62 he said: " You appear to be strangers."
15:63 They said: "We have come to you with that concerning which these people had doubts.
15:64 We have come to you with the Truth of Allah’s decree and we are telling you the truth.
15:65 You should, therefore, depart with your family during the last hours of the night and you yourself should follow them at their rear; let no one of you look back, keep on going where you are commanded to go."
15:66 We informed him about this decree of Ours that the roots of the sinners of his city would be cut off by the morning.
15:67 The people of the town came rejoicing to the house of Lot when they heard the news of those two young male visitors.
15:68 Lot said: "They are my guests, so do not disgrace me.
15:69 Have fear of Allah and do not put me to shame."
15:70 They said: "Have we not forbidden you to plead for the rest of the world?"
15:71 He said: "Here are my daughters, if you must act."
15:72 By your life, O Prophet Muhammad, they were madly blundering in their intoxication of lust!
15:73 So the mighty blast overtook them at sunrise.
15:74 Thus We turned the town upside down and rained down on them brimstones of baked clay.
15:75 Surely there are major lessons in this for those who investigate,
15:76 and this smitten town still lies right on the permanent highway on which the unbelievers travel during their business trips.
15:77 Indeed there is a sign in this for the true believers.
15:78 The people of Al- Aikah (the nation of Prophet Shu’aib) were also wrongdoers.
15:79 So We inflicted retribution on them. The ruined towns of these two nations are lying on an open road.
15:80 The people of Hijr also denied their Messenger.
15:81 We gave them Our signs, but they ignored them.
15:82 They hewed their homes in the mountains for safety.
15:83 But the mighty blast seized them one morning, and all their labor of building their homes through carving the rocks did not avail them.
15:84 We have not created the Heavens and the Earth, and all that lies between them but to manifest the Truth.
15:85 The Hour of Doom is sure to come, so overlook their misbehavior in a gracious manner.
15:86 Surely your Lord is the All-Knowing Creator.
15:87 We have given you the Seven Verses that are worthy of recitation over and over again (Surah Al-Fatiha) and the Glorious Qur'an.
15:88 Do not look at the worldly wealth which We have given to different people among them, nor grieve at their condition. Leave them alone, attend to the believers in kindness,
15:89 and tell the unbelievers: "Surely I am only a plain Warner."
15:90 This warning is like the warning which We sent down to the schismatics,
15:91 the one who divided their Qur’an into separate parts, believing in some and denying others.
15:92 So by your Lord! We will question them all
15:93 about their doings.
15:94 Therefore, proclaim publicly what you are commanded and turn away from the pagans.
15:95 Surely We Ourself will suffice you against the scoffers;
15:96 those who place other deities alongside Allah, will soon come to know their folly.
15:97 We know that your heart is distressed by what they say against you.
15:98 The cure of your heart’s distress is that you should celebrate the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves before Him,
15:99 and worship your Lord until there comes to you which is certain (death).


   


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