More Books by The Qur'an (Rodwell tr)

Sura 1 - The Opening
Sura 2 - The Cow
Sura 3 - The Family of Imran
Sura 4 - Women
Sura 5 - The Table
Sura 6 - Cattle
Sura 7 - Al Araf
Sura 8 - The Spoils
Sura 9 - Immunity
Sura 10 - Jonah, Peace be on Him!
Sura 11 - Houd
Sura 12 - Joseph, Peace be on Him
Sura 13 - Thunder
Sura 14 - Abraham, on Whom be Peace
Sura 15 - Hedjr
Sura 16 - The Bee
Sura 17 - The Night Journey
Sura 18 - The Cave
Sura 19 - Mary
Sura 20 - Ta. Ha.
Sura 21 - The Prophets
Sura 22 - The Pilgrimage
Sura 23 - The Believers
Sura 24 - Light
Sura 25 - Al Furkan
Sura 26 - The Poets
Sura 27 - The Ant
Sura 28 - The Story
Sura 29 - The Spider
Sura 30 - The Greeks
Sura 31 - Lokman
Sura 32 - Adoration
Sura 33 - The Confederates
Sura 34 - Saba
Sura 35 - The Creator, or the Angels
Sura 36 - Ya. Sin
Sura 37 - The Ranks
Sura 38 - Sad
Sura 39 - The Troops
Sura 40 - The Believer
Sura 41 - The Made Plain
Sura 42 - Counsel
Sura 43 - Ornaments of Gold
Sura 44 - Smoke
Sura 45 - The Kneeling
Sura 46 - Al Ahkaf
Sura 47 - Muhammad
Sura 48 - The Victory
Sura 49 - The Apartments
Sura 50 - Kaf
Sura 51 - The Scattering
Sura 52 - The Mountain
Sura 53 - The Star
Sura 54 - The Moon
Sura 55 - The Merciful
Sura 56 - The Inevitable
Sura 57 - Iron
Sura 58 - She Who Pleaded
Sura 59 - The Emigration
Sura 60 - She Who is Tried
Sura 61 - Battle Array
Sura 62 - The Assembly
Sura 63 - The Hypocrites
Sura 64 - Mutual Deceit
Sura 65 - Divorce
Sura 66 - The Forbidding
Sura 67 - The Kingdom
Sura 68 - The Pen
Sura 69 - The Inevitable
Sura 70 - The Steps or Ascents
Sura 71 - Noah
Sura 72 - Djinn
Sura 73 - The Enfolded
Sura 74 - The Enwrapped
Sura 75 - The Resurrection
Sura 76 - Man
Sura 77 - The Sent
Sura 78 - The News
Sura 79 - Those Who Drag Forth
Sura 80 - He Frowned
Sura 81 - The Folded Up
Sura 82 - The Cleaving
Sura 83 - Those Who Stint
Sura 84 - The Splitting Usunder
Sura 85 - The Starry
Sura 86 - The Night-Comer
Sura 87 - The Most High
Sura 88 - The Overshadowing
Sura 89 - The Daybreak
Sura 90 - The Soil
Sura 91 - The Sun
Sura 92 - The Night
Sura 93 - The Brightness
Sura 94 - The Opening
Sura 95 - The Fig
Sura 96 - Thick Blood, or Clots of Blood
Sura 97 - Power
Sura 98 - Clear Evidence
Sura 99 - The Earthquake
Sura 100 - The Chargers
Sura 101 - The Blow
Sura 102 - Desire
Sura 103 - The Afternoon
Sura 104 - The Backbiter
Sura 105 - The Elephant
Sura 106 - The Koreisch
Sura 107 - Religion
Sura 108 - The Abundance
Sura 109 - Unbelievers
Sura 110 - Help
Sura 111 - Abu Lahab
Sura 112 - The Unity
Sura 113 - The Daybreak
Sura 114 - Men
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The Qur'an (Rodwell tr) : Sura 15 - Hedjr

SURA XV (15) - HEDJR - (Mecca - 99 Verses) (LVII - 112)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Elif. Lam. Ra. These are the signs of the Book, and of a lucid recital


Many a time will the infidels wish that they had been Muslims.

Let them feast and enjoy themselves, and let hope beguile them: but

they shall know the truth at last.

We never destroyed a city whose term was not perfixed:

No people can forstall or retard its destiny.

They say: "O thou to whom the warning hath been sent down, thou art

surely possessed by a djinn:

Wouldst thou not have come to us with the angels, if thou wert of those

who assert the truth?"

- We will not send down the angels without due cause. The Infidels

would not in that case have been respited.

Verily, We have sent down the warning, and verily, We will be its


15:10 And already have We sent Apostles, before thee, among the sects of the


But never came Apostles to them whom they did not deride.

In like manner will We put it into the hearts of the sinners of Mecca to

do the same:

They will not believe on him though the example of those of old hath

gone before.

Even were We to open above them a gate in Heaven, yet all the while they

were mounting up to is,

They would surely say: It is only that our eyes are drunken: nay, we

are a people enchanted.

We have set the signs of the zodiac in the Heavens, and adorned and

decked them forth for the beholders,
And We guard them from every stoned Satan,

Save such as steal a hearing: and him doth a visible flame pursue.

And the Earth have We spread forth, and thrown thereon the mountains,

and caused everything to spring froth in it in balanced measure:

15:20 And we have provided therein sustenance for you, and for the creatures

which not ye sustain:

And no one thing is there, but with Us are its storehouses; and We send

it not down but in settled measure:

And We send forth the fertilising winds, and cause the rain to come down

from the heaven, and give you to drink of it; and it is not ye who are its


And We cause to live and We cause to die, and We are the heir of all


We know those of you who flourish first and We know those who come


And truly thy Lord will gather them together again, for He is Wise,


We created man of dried clay, of dark loam moulded;

And the djinn had We before created of subtle fire.

Remember when thy Lord said to the Angels, "I create man of dried clay,

of dark loam moulded:

And when I shall have fashioned him and breathed of my spirit into him,

then fall ye down and worship him."

15:30 And the Angels bowed down in worship, all of them, all together,

Save Eblis: he refused to be with those who bowed in worship.

"O Eblis," said God, "wherefore art thou not with those who bow down in


He said, "It beseemeth not me to bow in worship to man whom thou hast

created of clay, of moulded loam."

He said, "Begone then hence; thou art a stoned one,

And the curse shall be on thee till the day of reckoning."

He said, "O my Lord! respite me till the day when man shall be raised

from the dead."
He said, "One then of the respited shalt thou be
Till the day of the predestined time."

He said, "O my Lord! because thou hast beguiled me, I will surely make

all fair seeming to them on the earth; I will surely beguile them all;

15:40 Except such of them as shall be thy sincere servants."

He said, "This is the right way with me;

For over none of my servants shalt thou have power, save those beguiled

ones who shall follow thee."

And verily, Hell is the promise for them one and all.

It hath seven Portals; at each Portal is a separate band of them;

But 'mid gardens and fountains shall the pious dwell:

"Enter ye therein in peace, secure -"

And all rancour will We removed from their bosoms: they shall sit as

brethren, face to face, on couches:

Therein no weariness shall reach them, nor forth from it shall they be

cast for ever.

Announce to my servants that I am the Gracious, the Merciful.

15:50 And that my chastisement is the grievous chastisement.

And tell them of Abraham's guests.

When they entered in unto him, and said, "Peace." "Verily," said he,

"We fear you."

They said, "Fear not, for of a sage son we bring thee tidings."

He said, "Bring ye me such tidings now that old age hath come upon me?

What, therefore, are your tidings really?"

They said, "We announce them to thee in very truth. Be not then one of

the despairing."

"And who," said he, "despaireth of the mercy of his Lord, but they who


He said, "What is your business then, O ye Sent Ones?"

They said, "We are sent unto a people who are sinners,

Except the family of Lot, whom verily we will rescue all,

15:60 Except his wife. We have decreed that she shall be of those who

And when the Sent Ones came to the family of Lot
He said, "Ye are persons unknown to me,"

They said, "Yes; but we have come to thee for a purpose about which thy

people doubt:

We have come to thee with very truth, and we are truthful envoys.

Lead forth therefore thy family in the dead of the night; follow thou on

their rear: and let no one of you turn round, but pass ye on whither ye are


And this command we gave him because to the last man should these people

be cut off at morning.

Then came the people of the city rejoicing at the news -

He said, "These are my guests: therefore disgrace me not.

And fear God and put me not to shame."

15:70 They said, "Have we not forbidden thee to entertain any one whatever?"

He said, "Here are my daughters, if ye will thus act."

As thou livest, O Muhammand, they were bewildered in the drunkenness of

their just.
So a tempest overtook them at their sunrise,

And we turned the city upside down, and we rained stones of baked clay

upon them.

Verily, in this are signs for those who scan heedfully;

And these cities lay on the high road.
Verily, in this are signs for the faithful.
The inhabitants also of El Aika were sinners:

So we took vengeance on them, and they both became a plain example.

15:80 And the people of Hedjr treated God's messengers as liars.

And we brought forth our signs to them, but they drew back from them:

And they hewed them out abodes in the mountains to secure them:

But a tempest surprised them at early morn,
And their labours availed them nothing.

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that between them

is, but for a worthy end. And verily, "the hour" shall surely come. Wherefore

do thou, Muhammad, forgive with kindly forgiveness,

For they Lord! He is the Creator, the Wise.

We have already given thee the seven verses of repetition and the

glorious Koran.

Strain not thine eyes after the good things we have bestowed on some of

the unbelievers: afflict not thyself on their account, and lower thy wing to

the faithful.
And Say: I am the only plain-spoken warner.
15:90 We will punish those who foster divisions,
Who break up the Koran into parts:

By they Lord! we will surely take account from them one and all,

Concerning that which they have done.

Profess publicly then what thou hast been bidden, and withdraw from

those who join gods to God.

Verily, We will maintain thy cause against those who deride thee,

Who set up gods with God: and at last shall they know their folly.

Now know We that they heart is distressed at what they say:

But do thou celebrate the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who bow

down in worship;

And serve thy Lord till the certainty o'ertake thee.

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