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al-Hijr (The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City)
as rendered by Ali Quli Qara'i

Ali Quli Qara'i rendition of Surah The Rock, Stoneland, Rock City(al-Hijr)
15:1 Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the signs of the Book and a manifest Qur’an.
15:2 Much will the faithless wish that they had been muslims.
15:3 Leave them to eat and enjoy and to be diverted by longings. Soon they will know.
15:4 We did not destroy any town but that it had a known term.
15:5 No nation can advance its time nor can it defer it.
15:6 They said, ‘O you, to whom the Reminder has been sent down, you are indeed crazy.
15:7 Why do you not bring us the angels should you be truthful?!’
15:8 We do not send down the angels except with due reason, and then they will not be granted any respite.
15:9 Indeed We have sent down the Reminder, and indeed We will preserve it.
15:10 Certainly We sent [apostles] before you to former communities,
15:11 and there did not come to them any apostle but that they used to deride him.
15:12 That is how We let it pass through the hearts of the guilty:
15:13 they do not believe in it, and the precedent of the ancients has already passed.
15:14 Were We to open for them a gate of the sky, so that they could go on ascending through it,
15:15 they would surely say, ‘Indeed a spell has been cast on our eyes; rather we are a bewitched lot.’
15:16 Certainly We have appointed houses in the sky and adorned them for the onlookers,
15:17 and We have guarded them from every outcast Satan,
15:18 except someone who may eavesdrop, whereat there pursues him a manifest flame.
15:19 And We spread out the earth, and cast in it firm mountains, and We grew in it every kind of balanced thing,
15:20 and made in it [various] means of livelihood for you and for those whom you do not provide for.
15:21 There is not a thing but that its sources are with Us, and We do not send it down except in a known measure.
15:22 And We send the fertilizing winds and send down water from the sky providing it for you to drink and you are not maintainers of its resources.
15:23 Indeed it is We who give life and bring death and We are the inheritors.
15:24 Certainly We know the predecessors among you and certainly We know the successors,
15:25 and indeed it is your Lord who will resurrect them. Indeed He is all-wise, all-knowing.
15:26 Certainly We created man out of a dry clay [drawn] from an aging mud,
15:27 and We created the jinn earlier out of a piercing fire.
15:28 When your Lord said to the angels, ‘Indeed I am going to create a human out of a dry clay [drawn] from an aging mud.
15:29 So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down in prostration before him.’
15:30 Thereat the angels prostrated, all of them together,
15:31 but not Iblis: he refused to be among those who prostrated.
15:32 He said, ‘O Iblis! What kept you from being among those who have prostrated?’
15:33 Said he, ‘I will not prostrate before a human whom You have created out of a dry clay [drawn] from an aging mud.’
15:34 He said, ‘Begone hence, for you are indeed an outcast,
15:35 and indeed the curse shall lie on you until the Day of Retribution.’
15:36 He said, ‘My Lord! Respite me till the day they will be resurrected.’
15:37 Said He, ‘You are indeed among the reprieved
15:38 until the day of the known time.’
15:39 He said, ‘My Lord! As You have consigned me to perversity, I will surely glamorize [evil] for them on the earth, and I will surely pervert them, all
15:40 except Your exclusive servants among them.’
15:41 He said, ‘This is the path [leading] straight to Me.
15:42 Indeed as for My servants you do not have any authority over them, except the perverse who follow you,
15:43 and indeed hell is the tryst of them all.
15:44 It has seven gates, and to each gate belongs a separate portion of them.’
15:45 Indeed the Godwary will be amid gardens and springs.
15:46 ‘‘Enter it in peace and safety!’’
15:47 We will remove whatever rancour there is in their breasts; [intimate like] brothers, [they will be reclining] on couches, facing one another.
15:48 Therein neither weariness shall touch them, nor will they [ever] be expelled from it.
15:49 Inform my servants that I am indeed the All-forgiving, the All-merciful,
15:50 and that My punishment is a painful punishment.
15:51 And inform them about the guests of Abraham,
15:52 when they entered into his presence and said, ‘Peace!’ He said, ‘We are indeed afraid of you.’
15:53 They said, ‘Do not be afraid. Indeed we give you the good news of a wise son.’
15:54 He said, ‘Do you give me good news though old age has befallen me? What is the good news that you bring me?’
15:55 They said, ‘We bring you good news in truth; so do not be among the despondent.’
15:56 He said, ‘Who despairs of his Lord’s mercy except those who are astray?!’
15:57 He said, ‘O messengers, what is now your errand?’
15:58 They said, ‘We have been sent toward a guilty people,
15:59 [who shall perish] except the family of Lot. We will indeed deliver all of them,
15:60 except his wife, [who], We have ordained, will indeed be among those who remain behind.’
15:61 So when the messengers came to Lot’s family,
15:62 he said, ‘You are indeed strangers [to me].’
15:63 They said, ‘Rather we bring you what they used to doubt.
15:64 We bring you the truth, and indeed we speak truly.
15:65 Take your family in a watch of the night; and follow in their rear, and none of you should turn round, and proceed as you are bidden.’
15:66 We apprised him of the matter that these will be rooted out by dawn.
15:67 The people of the city came, rejoicing.
15:68 He said, ‘These are indeed my guests. Do not bring dishonour on me.
15:69 Be wary of Allah and do not humiliate me.’
15:70 They said, ‘Did we not forbid you from [defending] strangers?’
15:71 He said, ‘These are my daughters, [marry them] if you should do anything.’
15:72 By your life, they were bewildered in their drunkenness.
15:73 So the Cry seized them at sunrise,
15:74 and We made its topmost part its nethermost, and rained on them stones of shale.
15:75 There are indeed signs in that for the percipient.
15:76 Indeed it is on a standing road,
15:77 and there is indeed a sign in that for the faithful.
15:78 Indeed the inhabitants of Aykah were wrongdoers.
15:79 So We took vengeance on them, and indeed the two of them are on an open highway.
15:80 Certainly the inhabitants of Ḥijr denied the apostles.
15:81 We had given them Our signs but they disregarded them.
15:82 They used to hew out dwellings from mountains feeling secure.
15:83 So the Cry seized them at dawn,
15:84 and what they used to earn did not avail them.
15:85 We did not create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them except with reason, and indeed the Hour is bound to come. So forbear with a graceful forbearance.
15:86 Indeed your Lord is the All-creator, the All-knowing.
15:87 Certainly We have given you [the surah of] the seven oft-repeated verses and the great Qur’an.
15:88 Do not extend your glance toward what We have provided to certain groups of them, and do not grieve for them, and lower your wing to the faithful,
15:89 and say, ‘I am indeed a manifest warner.’
15:90 Even as We sent down on the dividers,
15:91 who reduced the Qur’an into pieces,
15:92 by your Lord, We will question them all
15:93 concerning what they used to do.
15:94 So proclaim what you have been commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95 Indeed We will suffice you against the deriders
15:96 —those who set up besides Allah another god. Soon they will know!
15:97 Certainly We know that you become upset because of what they say.
15:98 So celebrate the praise of your Lord and be among those who prostrate,
15:99 and worship your Lord until certainty comes to you.


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