Quran Chapter 15


The Rock

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[15.1] Alif Lam Ra. These are the verses of the Book and (of) a Quran that makes (things) clear. [15.2] Often will those who disbelieve wish that they had been Muslims. [15.3] Leave them that they may eat and enjoy themselves and (that) hope may beguile them, for they will soon know. [15.4] And never did We destroy a town but it had a term made known. [15.5] No people can hasten on their doom nor can they postpone (it). [15.6] And they say: O you to whom the Reminder has been revealed! you are most surely insane: [15.7] Why do you not bring to us the angels if you are of the truthful ones? [15.8] We do not send the angels but with truth, and then they would not be respited. [15.9] Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian. [15.10] And certainly We sent (apostles) before you among the nations of yore. [15.11] And there never came an apostle to them but they mocked him. [15.12] Thus do We make it to enter into the hearts of the guilty; [15.13] They do not believe in it, and indeed the example of the former people has already passed. [15.14] And even if We open to them a gateway of heaven, so that they ascend into it all the while, [15.15] They would certainly say: Only our eyes.have been covered over, rather we are an enchanted people.

[15.16] And certainly We have made strongholds in the heaven and We have made it fair seeming to the beholders. [15.17] And We guard it against every accursed Shaitan, [15.18] But he who steals a hearing, so there follows him a visible flame. [15.19] And the earth-- We have spread it forth and made in it firm mountains and caused to grow in it of every suitable thing. [15.20] And We have made in it means of subsistence for you and for him for whom you are not the suppliers. [15.21] And there is not a thing but with Us are the treasures of it, and We do not send it down but in a known measure. [15.22] And We send the winds fertilizing, then send down water from the cloud so We give it to you to drink of, nor is it you who store it up. [15.23] And most surely We bring to life and cause to die and We are the heirs. [15.24] And certainly We know those of you who have gone before and We certainly know those who shall come later. [15.25] And surely your Lord will gather them together; surely He is Wise, Knowing. [15.26] And certainly We created man of clay that gives forth sound, of black mud fashioned in shape. [15.27] And the jinn We created before, of intensely hot fire. [15.28] And when your Lord said to the angels: Surely I am going to create a mortal of the essence of black mud fashioned in shape. [15.29] So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down making obeisance to him. [15.30] So the angels made obeisance, all of them together, [15.31] But Iblis (did it not); he refused to be with those who made obeisance. [15.32] He said: O Iblis! what excuse have you that you are not with those who make obeisance? [15.33] He said: I am not such that I should make obeisance to a mortal whom Thou hast created of the essence of black mud fashioned in shape. [15.34] He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away: [15.35] And surely on you is curse until the day of judgment. [15.36] He said: My Lord! then respite me till the time when they are raised. [15.37] He said: So surely you are of the respited ones [15.38] Till the period of the time made known. [15.39] He said: My Lord! because Thou hast made life evil to me, I will certainly make (evil) fair-seeming to them on earth, and I will certainly cause them all to deviate [15.40] Except Thy servants from among them, the devoted ones. [15.41] He said: This is a right way with Me: [15.42] Surely. as regards My servants, you have no authority ,over them except those who follow you of the deviators. [15.43] And surely Hell is the promised place of them all: [15.44] It has seven gates; for every gate there shall be a separate party of them. [15.45] Surely those who guard (against evil) shall be in the midst of gardens and fountains: [15.46] Enter them in peace, secure. [15.47] And We will root out whatever of rancor is in their breasts-- (they shall be) as brethren, on raised couches, face to face. [15.48] Toil shall not afflict them in it, nor shall they be ever ejected from it. [15.49] Inform My servants that I am the Forgiving, the Merciful, [15.50] And that My punishment-- that is the painful punishment. [15.51] And inform them of the guests of Ibrahim: [15.52] When they entered upon him, they said, Peace. He said: Surely we are afraid of you. [15.53] They said: Be not afraid, surely we give you the good news of a boy, possessing knowledge. [15.54] He said: Do you give me good news (of a son) when old age has come upon me?-- Of what then do you give me good news! [15.55] . They said: We give you good news with truth, therefore be not of the despairing. [15.56] He said: And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but the erring ones? [15.57] He said: What is your business then, O messengers? [15.58] They said: Surely we are sent towards a guilty people, [15.59] Except Lut's followers: We will most surely deliver them all, [15.60] Except his wife; We ordained that she shall surely be of those who remain behind. [15.61] So when the messengers came to Lut's followers, [15.62] He said: Surely you are an unknown people. [15.63] They said: Nay, we have come to you with that about which they disputed. [15.64] And we have come to you with the truth, and we are most surely truthful. [15.65] Therefore go forth with your followers in a part of the night and yourself follow their rear, and let not any one of you turn round, and go forth whither you are commanded. [15.66] And We revealed to him this decree, that the roots of these shall be cut off in the morning. [15.67] And the people of the town came rejoicing. [15.68] He said: Surely these are my guests, therefore do not disgrace me, [15.69] And guard against (the punishment of) Allah and do not put me to shame. [15.70] They said: Have we not forbidden you from (other) people? [15.71] He said: These are my daughters, if you will do (aught). [15.72] By your life! they were blindly wandering on in their intoxication. [15.73] So the rumbling overtook them (while) entering upon the time of sunrise; [15.74] Thus did We turn it upside down, and rained down upon them stones of what had been decreed. [15.75] Surely in this are signs for those who examine. [15.76] And surely it is on a road that still abides. [15.77] Most surely there is a sign in this for the believers. [15.78] And the dwellers of the thicket also were most surely unjust. [15.79] So We inflicted retribution on them, and they are both, indeed, on an open road (still) pursued. [15.80] And the dwellers of the Rock certainly rejected the messengers; [15.81] And We gave them Our communications, but they turned aside from them; [15.82] And they hewed houses in the mountains in security. [15.83] So the rumbling overtook them in the morning; [15.84] And what they earned did not avail them. [15.85] And We did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them two but in truth; and the hour is most surely coming, so turn away with kindly forgiveness. [15.86] Surely your Lord is the Creator of all things, the Knowing. [15.87] And certainly We have given you seven of the oft-repeated (verses) and the grand Quran. [15.88] Do not strain your eyes after what We have given certain classes of them to enjoy, and do not grieve for them, and make yourself gentle to the believers. [15.89] And say: Surely I am the plain warner. [15.90] Like as We sent down on the dividers [15.91] Those who made the Quran into shreds. [15.92] So, by your Lord, We would most certainly question them all, [15.93] As to what they did. [15.94] Therefore declare openly what you are bidden and turn aside from the polytheists. [15.95] Surely We will suffice you against the scoffers [15.96] Those who set up another god with Allah; so they shall soon know. [15.97] And surely We know that your breast straitens at what they say; [15.98] Therefore celebrate the praise of your Lord, and be of those who make obeisance. [15.99] And serve your Lord until there comes to you that which is certain.