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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Talal A Itani

Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
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15:1 Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the Verses of the Book; a Quran that makes things clear.
15:2 Perhaps those who disbelieve would like to become Muslims.
15:3 Leave them to eat, and enjoy, and be lulled by hope. They will find out.
15:4 We have never destroyed a town unless it had a set time.
15:5 No nation can bring its time forward, nor can they delay it.
15:6 And they said, 'O you who received the message, you are insane.'
15:7 Why do you not bring us the angels, if you are truthful?'
15:8 We do not send the angels down except with reason, and they will not be held back.
15:9 Surely We revealed the Message, and We will surely preserve it.
15:10 We sent others before you, to the former communities.
15:11 But no messenger came to them, but they ridiculed him.
15:12 Thus We slip it into the hearts of the guilty.
15:13 They do not believe in it, though the ways of the ancients have passed away.
15:14 Even if We opened for them a gateway into the sky, and they began to ascend through it.
15:15 They would still say, 'Our eyes are hallucinating; in fact, we are people bewitched.'
15:16 We placed constellations in the sky, and made them beautiful to the beholders.
15:17 And We guarded them from every outcast devil.
15:18 Except one who steals a hearing, and is followed by a visible projectile.
15:19 We spread the earth, and placed stabilizers in it, and in it We grew all things in proper measure.
15:20 And in it We created livelihoods for you, and for those for whom you are not the providers.
15:21 There is not a thing but with Us are its stores, and We send it down only in precise measure.
15:22 We send the fertilizing winds; and send down water from the sky, and give it to you to drink, and you are not the ones who store it.
15:23 It is We who give life and cause death, and We are the Inheritors.
15:24 And We know those of you who go forward, and We know those who lag behind.
15:25 It is your Lord who will gather them together. He is the Wise, the Knowing.
15:26 We created the human being from clay, from molded mud.
15:27 And the jinn We created before, from piercing fire.
15:28 Your Lord said to the angels, 'I am creating a human being from clay, from molded mud.'
15:29 'When I have formed him, and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down prostrating before him.'
15:30 So the angels prostrated themselves, all together.
15:31 Except for Satan. He refused to be among those who prostrated themselves.
15:32 He said, 'O Satan, what kept you from being among those who prostrated themselves?'
15:33 He said, 'I am not about to prostrate myself before a human being, whom You created from clay, from molded mud.'
15:34 He said, 'Then get out of here, for you are an outcast'.
15:35 'And the curse will be upon you until the Day of Judgment.'
15:36 He said, 'My Lord, reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.'
15:37 He said, 'You are of those reprieved.'
15:38 'Until the Day of the time appointed.'
15:39 He said, 'My Lord, 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 sincere servants among them.'
15:41 He said, 'This is a right way with Me.'
15:42 'Over My servants you have no authority, except for the sinners who follow you.'
15:43 And Hell is the meeting-place for them all.
15:44 'It has seven doors; for each door is an assigned class.'
15:45 But the righteous will be in gardens with springs.
15:46 'Enter it in peace and security.'
15:47 And We will remove all ill-feelings from their hearts—brothers and sisters, on couches facing one another.
15:48 No fatigue will ever touch them therein, nor will they be asked to leave it.
15:49 Inform My servants that I am the Forgiver, the Merciful.
15:50 And that My punishment is the painful punishment.
15:51 And inform them of the guests of Abraham.
15:52 When they entered upon him, and said, 'Peace.' He said, 'We are wary of you.'
15:53 They said, 'Do not fear; we bring you good news of a boy endowed with knowledge.'
15:54 He said, 'Do you bring me good news, when old age has overtaken me? What good news do you bring?'
15:55 They said, 'We bring you good news in truth, so do not despair.'
15:56 He said, 'And who despairs of his Lord's mercy but the lost?'
15:57 He said, 'So what is your business, O envoys?'
15:58 They said, 'We were sent to a sinful people.'
15:59 'Except for the family of Lot; we will save them all.'
15:60 'Except for his wife.' We have determined that she will be of those who lag behind.
15:61 And when the envoys came to the family of Lot.
15:62 He said, 'You are a people unknown to me.'
15:63 They said, 'We bring you what they have doubts about.'
15:64 'We bring you the truth, and we are truthful.'
15:65 'Travel with your family at the dead of the night, and follow up behind them, and let none of you look back, and proceed as commanded.'
15:66 And We informed him of Our decree: the last remnant of these will be uprooted by early morning.
15:67 And the people of the town came joyfully.
15:68 He said, 'These are my guests, so do not embarrass me.'
15:69 'And fear God, and do not disgrace me.'
15:70 They said, 'Did we not forbid you from strangers?'
15:71 He said, 'These are my daughters, if you must.'
15:72 By your life, they were blundering in their drunkenness.
15:73 So the Blast struck them at sunrise.
15:74 And We turned it upside down, and rained down upon them stones of baked clay.
15:75 Surely in that are lessons for those who read signs.
15:76 And it is on an existing road.
15:77 Surely in that is a sign for the believers.
15:78 The people of the Woods were also wrongdoers.
15:79 So We took revenge upon them. Both are clearly documented.
15:80 The people of the Rock also rejected the messengers.
15:81 We gave them Our revelations, but they turned away from them.
15:82 They used to carve homes in the mountains, feeling secure.
15:83 But the Blast struck them in the morning.
15:84 All they had acquired was of no avail to them.
15:85 We did not create the heavens and the earth, and what lies between them, except with truth. The Hour is coming, so forgive with gracious forgiveness.
15:86 Your Lord is the All-Knowing Creator.
15:87 We have given you seven of the pairs, and the Grand Quran.
15:88 Do not extend your eyes towards what We have bestowed on some couples of them to enjoy, and do not grieve over them, and lower your wing to the believers.
15:89 And say, 'I am the clear warner.'
15:90 Just as We sent down to the separatists.
15:91 Those who made the Quran obsolete.
15:92 By your Lord, we will question them all.
15:93 About what they used to do.
15:94 So proclaim openly what you are commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95 We are enough for you against the mockers.
15:96 Those who set up another god with God. They will come to know.
15:97 We are aware that your heart is strained by what they say.
15:98 So glorify the praise of your Lord, and be among those who bow down.
15:99 And worship your Lord in order to attain certainty.


   


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