Sura Al-Hijr (The Rocky Tract)
Sheikh / Mohammad Ayyoob

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    15:1 Alif. Lam. Ra. These are verses of the Scripture and a plain Reading.

    15:2-5 It may be that those who disbelieve wish ardently that they were Muslims. Let them eat and enjoy life, and let (false) hope deceive them. They will come to know! And We destroyed no township but there was a known decree for it. No nation can outstrip its term nor can they lag behind.

    15:6-7 And they say: O you to whom the Reminder is revealed, lo! You are indeed a madman! Why bring you not angels to us, if you are of the truthful?

    15:8-9 We send not down the angels except with the Fact, and in that case (the disbelievers) would not be tolerated. Lo! We, even We, reveal the Reminder, and lo! We verily are it"s Guardian.

    15:10-15 We verily sent (Messengers) before you among the factions of the men of old. And never came there to them a Messenger but they did mock him. Thus do We make it traverse the hearts of the guilty: They believe not therein, though the example of the men of old has gone before. And even if We opened to them a Gate of Heaven and they kept mounting through it. They would say: Our sight is wrong – nay, but we are folk bewitched.

    15:16-18 And verily in the heaven We have set mansions of the stars, and We have beautified it for beholders. And We have guarded it from every outcast devil, except him who steals the hearing, and them does a clear flame pursue.

    15:19-23 And the earth have We spread out, and placed therein firm hills, and caused each seemly thing to grow therein. And We have given to you livelihoods therein, and to those for whom you provide not. And there is not a thing but with Us are the stores thereof. And We send it not down except in appointed measure. And We send the winds fertilizing, and cause water to descend from the sky, and give it you to drink. It is not you who are the holders of the store thereof. Lo! And it is We, even We, Who quicken and give death, and We are the Inheritor.

    15:24-25 And verily We know the eager among you and verily We know the laggards. Lo! Your Lord will gather them together. Lo! He is Wise, Aware.

    15:26-31 Verily We created man of potter"s clay of black mud altered, and the jinn did We create aforetime of essential fire. And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: Lo! I am creating a mortal out of potter"s clay of black mud altered. So, when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit, do you fall down, prostrating yourselves to him. So the angels fell prostrate, all of them together. Except Iblis. He refused to be among the prostrate.

    15:32-44 He said: O Iblis! What ails you that you are not among the prostrate? He said: Why should I prostrate myself to a mortal whom You have created out of potter"s clay of black mud altered? He said: Then go you forth from hence, for verily you are outcast. And lo! The curse shall be upon you till the Day of Judgment. He said: My Lord! Reprieve me till the Day when they are raised. He said: Then lo! You are of those reprieved till an appointed time. He said: My Lord! Because You have sent me astray, I verily shall adorn the path of error for them in the earth, and shall mislead them every one. Except such of them as are Your perfectly devoted slaves. He said: This is a right course incumbent upon Me: Lo! As for My slaves, you have no power over any of them except such of the froward as follow you, and lo! For all such, Hell will be the promised place. It has seven gates, and each gate has an appointed portion.

    15:45-50 Lo! Those who fear (God) are among Gardens and water springs. (And it is said to them): Enter them in peace, secure. And We remove whatever rancor may be in their breasts. As brethren, face-to-face, (they rest) on couches raised. Toil comes not to them there, nor will they be expelled from thence. Announce, (O Muhammad) to My slaves that verily I am the Forgiving, the Merciful, and that My punishment is the dolorous punishment.

    15:51-56 And tell them of Abraham"s guests, (how) when they came to him, and said: Peace. He said: Lo! We are afraid of you. They said: Be not afraid! Lo! We bring you good tidings of a boy possessing wisdom. He said: Bring you me good tidings (of a son) when old age has overtaken me? Of what then can you bring good tidings? They said: We bring you good tidings in truth. So be not you of the despairing. He said: And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?

    15:57-60 He said: And afterward what is your business, O you messengers (of God)? They said: We have been sent to a guilty folk, (All) except the family of Lot. Them we shall deliver everyone, except his wife, of whom We had decreed that she should be of those who stay behind.

    15:61-66 And when the messengers came to the family of Lot, he said: Lo! You are folk unknown (to me). They said: Nay, but we bring you that concerning which they keep disputing, and bring you the Truth, and lo! We are truthful. So travel with your household in a portion of the night, and follow you their backs. Let none of you turn round, but go whither you are commanded. And We made plain the case to him, that the root of them (who did wrong) was to be cut at early morn.

    15:67-77 And the people of the city came, rejoicing at the news (of new arrivals). He said: Lo! They are my guests. Affront me not! And keep your duty to God, and shame me not! They said: Have we not forbidden you from (entertaining) anyone? He said: Here are my daughters, if you must be doing (so). By your life (O Muhammad) they moved blindly in the frenzy of approaching death. Then the (Awful) Cry overtook them at the sunrise. And We utterly confounded them, and We rained upon them stones of heated clay. Lo! Therein verily are signs for those who read (the signs). And lo! It is upon a road established. Lo! Therein is indeed a sign for believers.

    15:78-79 And the dwellers in the wood indeed were evildoers. So, We took vengeance on them and lo! They both are on a high road plain to see.

    15:80-84 And the dwellers in Al-Hijr indeed denied (Our) Messengers. And We gave them Our revelations, but they were averse to them. And they used to hew out dwellings from the hills, (wherein they dwelt) secure. But the (Awful) Cry overtook them at the morning hour, and that which they were wont to count as gain availed them not.

    15:85-86 We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them except with truth, and lo! The Hour is surely coming. So forgive (O Muhammad) with a gracious forgiveness. Lo! Your Lord! He is the All-Wise Creator.

    15:87-93 We have given you seven of the oft-repeated (verses) and the great Quran. Strain not your eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoy, and be not grieved on their account, and lower your wing (in tenderness) for the believers. And say: Lo! I, even I, am a plain warner, such as We send down for those who make division, those who break the Quran into parts. Them, by your Lord, We shall question, every one, of what they used to do.

    15:94-99 So proclaim that which you are commanded, and withdraw from the polytheists. Lo! We defend you from the scoffers, who set some other god along with God. But they will come to know. We well know that your bosom is at times oppressed by what they say, but hymn the praise of your Lord, and be of those who make prostration (to Him). And worship your Lord till the inevitability of death comes to you.

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