AL HIJR (THE STONES)
(Revealed at Mecca - contains 99 verses - 6 sections)
Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
[Hijr 15:1] Alif-Lam-Ra; these are verses of the Book and the bright Qur’an.
[Hijr 15:2] The disbelievers will ardently wish that if only they had been Muslims! ( At the time of death / in their graves / on the Day of Resurrection.)
[Hijr 15:3] Leave them to eat and enjoy, and for aspiration to involve them in play - so they will shortly come to know.
[Hijr 15:4] And every dwelling that We destroyed, had a known decree for it.
[Hijr 15:5] No group may advance its appointed promise nor postpone it.
[Hijr 15:6] And they said, "O you upon whom the Qur’an has been sent, you are indeed insane."
[Hijr 15:7] "Why do you not bring angels to us, if you are truthful?"
[Hijr 15:8] We do not send down angels without reason, and if the angels descend they would not get any respite!
[Hijr 15:9] Indeed We have sent down the Qur’an, and indeed We Ourselves surely are its Guardians. (This is one of the miracles of the Qur’an - no one has been able to change even one letter of its text, despite every effort. It has remained in its original form since the 6th Century (A.D) and will remain so forever. Other Holy Books such as the Torah and the Bible have lost their originality.)
[Hijr 15:10] And indeed We sent Noble Messengers before you, to the former nations.
[Hijr 15:11] And never does a Noble Messenger come to them, but they mock at him.
[Hijr 15:12] This is how We make the mocking * enter the hearts of the guilty. (* The acts of disbelief.)
[Hijr 15:13] They do not believe in him, and the tradition of earlier nations has passed.
[Hijr 15:14] And if We open for them a gate in the heavens, to ascend it through the day -
[Hijr 15:15] Even then they would say, "Our sights have
been hypnotised - in fact, a magic spell has been cast upon us."
[Hijr 15:16] And indeed We created towers in the skies, and beautified it for the beholders.
[Hijr 15:17] And We have kept it guarded from every outcast devil.
[Hijr 15:18] Except one who comes to eavesdrop - therefore a bright flame goes after him.
[Hijr 15:19] And We spread out the earth, and placed mountains as anchors in it, and in it grew all things by a proper measure.
[Hijr 15:20] And created livelihoods for you in it, and created those for whom you do not provide the sustenance.
[Hijr 15:21] And there is not a thing the treasure * of which is not with Us; and We do not send it down except by a known measure. (* The power to create it.)
[Hijr 15:22] And We sent the winds that relieve the clouds’ burden, therefore caused water to descend from the sky, then give it to you to drink; and you are not at all its treasurers.
[Hijr 15:23] And indeed it is We Who give life and it is We Who cause death, and We are the Inheritors.
[Hijr 15:24] And indeed We know those among you who came forward and indeed We know those among you who remained behind.
[Hijr 15:25] Indeed your Lord only will raise them all on the Day of Resurrection; indeed only He is Wise, All Knowing.
[Hijr 15:26] Indeed We created man from sounding clay made out of black smelly mud.
[Hijr 15:27] And created the jinn before him, from smokeless fire.
[Hijr 15:28] And recall when your Lord said to the angels, "I will create man from sounding clay made out of black smelly mud."
[Hijr 15:29] "Therefore when I have properly fashioned him and breathed into him a chosen noble soul from Myself, fall down before him in prostration."
[Hijr 15:30] Therefore all the angels, each and every one of them, fell prostrate.
[Hijr 15:31] Except Iblis (Satan); he refused to be among those who prostrated.
[Hijr 15:32] Said Allah, "O Iblis! What happened to you that you stayed apart from those who prostrated?"
[Hijr 15:33] He answered, "It does not befit me to prostrate myself to a human whom You have created from sounding clay made out of black smelly mud."
[Hijr 15:34] Said Allah, "Therefore exit from Paradise, for you are an outcast."
[Hijr 15:35] "And indeed you are accursed till the Day of Judgement."
[Hijr 15:36] He said, "My Lord! Grant me respite till the day when they will all be raised."
[Hijr 15:37] Said Allah, "You are of those given respite."
[Hijr 15:38] "Till the Day of a well-known time."
[Hijr 15:39] He said, "My Lord! I swear by the fact that You sent me astray, I shall distract them in the earth, and I shall lead all of them astray."
[Hijr 15:40] "Except those among them who are Your chosen bondmen."
[Hijr 15:41] Said Allah, "This path * leads straight towards Me." (* The path of the chosen bondmen.)
[Hijr 15:42] "Indeed you do not have any power over My bondmen, except those wanderers who follow you." ( The devil is unsuccessful in tempting Allah’s chosen bondmen to commit sin.)
[Hijr 15:43] And indeed hell is the promise for all of them.
[Hijr 15:44] It has seven gates; for each gate is a portion assigned from them.
[Hijr 15:45] Indeed the pious are amidst Gardens and springs.
[Hijr 15:46] “Enter them with peace, in safety.”
[Hijr 15:47] And We have removed any resentments which were in their breasts - they are brothers, sitting face to face on thrones.
[Hijr 15:48] Neither any hardship is to reach them in it, nor are they to be expelled from it.
[Hijr 15:49] Inform My bondmen that undoubtedly, I surely am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
[Hijr 15:50] And that indeed the punishment of Mine is a painful punishment.
[Hijr 15:51] And inform them of Ibrahim’s guests.
[Hijr 15:52] When the angels came to him and said, "Peace"; he said, "We feel afraid of you."
[Hijr 15:53] They said, "Do not fear - we convey to you the glad tidings of a knowledgeable boy."
[Hijr 15:54] He said, "Do you convey to me the glad tidings upon old age reaching me? So upon what do you convey glad tidings?" (* Prophet Ibrahim said this out of surprise.)
[Hijr 15:55] They said, "We have given you true tidings, therefore do not lose hope."
[Hijr 15:56] He said, "Who is it that despairs from the mercy of his Lord, except those who are astray?"
[Hijr 15:57] He said, "And what is your next task, O the sent angels?"
[Hijr 15:58] They said, "We have been sent towards a guilty nation."
[Hijr 15:59] "Except the family of Lut; we shall rescue all of them."
[Hijr 15:60] "Except his wife - we have decided that she is of those who will stay behind."
[Hijr 15:61] And when the sent angels came to the house of Lut.
[Hijr 15:62] He said, "You are an unfamiliar people."
[Hijr 15:63] They said, "In fact we have brought to you the matter which these people doubted."
[Hijr 15:64] "And we have brought to you a true command, and indeed we are truthful."
[Hijr 15:65] "Therefore journey with your household while a portion of the night remains, and you tread behind them - and none of you may turn around and see, and proceed directly to the place you are commanded to."
[Hijr 15:66] And We informed him the decision of this command, that at morning the root of the disbelievers would be cut off.
[Hijr 15:67] And the people of the city came rejoicing. (* To the house of Prophet Lut.)
[Hijr 15:68] He said, "These are my guests - do not dishonour me."
[Hijr 15:69] "And fear Allah and do not disgrace me."
[Hijr 15:70] They said, "Had we not forbidden you from meddling in the affairs of anyone?"
[Hijr 15:71] He said, "These women of our tribe are my daughters, if you have to."
[Hijr 15:72] By your life O dear Prophet (Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him) - they are indeed straying in their intoxication.
[Hijr 15:73] Therefore the scream overcame them at sunrise.
[Hijr 15:74] And We turned the township upside down and rained upon them stones of heated clay.
[Hijr 15:75] Indeed in this are signs for people who perceive.
[Hijr 15:76] And indeed that township is upon a road still in use.
[Hijr 15:77] Indeed in this are signs for the believers.
[Hijr 15:78] And indeed the Dwellers of the Woods were unjust.
[Hijr 15:79] We therefore took revenge from them; and indeed both these townships are situated on an open road.
[Hijr 15:80] And the people of the Hijr (rocks) denied the Noble Messengers.
[Hijr 15:81] And We gave them Our signs, and they remained averse to them.
[Hijr 15:82] And they used to carve dwellings in the hills, without fear.
[Hijr 15:83] So the scream overcame them at morning.
[Hijr 15:84] Therefore their earnings did not in the least benefit them.
[Hijr 15:85] And We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, except with the Truth; and indeed the Last Day will come, therefore (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), forbear graciously.
[Hijr 15:86] Indeed your Lord only is the Great Creator, the All Knowing.
[Hijr 15:87] And indeed We have given you seven verses that are repeated, and the great Qur’an.
[Hijr 15:88] Do not direct your eyes towards the things We have given to some of their couples to enjoy, and do not at all grieve because of them, and take the Muslims within the folds of your mercy.
[Hijr 15:89] And proclaim, "Indeed I, yes I, am the clear Herald of Warning."
[Hijr 15:90] (Of a punishment) Like the one We sent down upon the dividers.
[Hijr 15:91] Those who broke the Word of Allah into several parts. ( Those who broke the Torah / Bible or changed its text - or those who called the Qur’an a fabrication / poetry.)
[Hijr 15:92] Therefore, by your Lord, We shall question every one of them.
[Hijr 15:93] About all what they used to do.
[Hijr 15:94] Therefore publicly announce what you are commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
[Hijr 15:95] Indeed We suffice you against these mockers.
[Hijr 15:96] Those who ascribe another God along with Allah; so they will soon come to know.
[Hijr 15:97] And indeed We know that you are disheartened by their speech.
[Hijr 15:98] Therefore proclaim the Purity of your Lord with praise, and be of those who prostrate.
[Hijr 15:99] And keep worshipping your Lord, till death * comes to you. (* The certainty.)
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