15. The Rock

 

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

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Alif. Lam. Ra. These are the Ayats ofRevelation,- of a Quran that makes things clear.

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Often will those who disbelieve, wish thatthey had been Muslims.

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Leave them alone, to eat and enjoy, and let(false) hope distract them soon. For they will soon know.

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Never did We destroy a population that hadnot a term decreed and assigned beforehand.

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Neither can a people anticipate its term, nordelay it.

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They say: "O thou to whom the Message isbeing revealed! truly thou art mad (or possessed)!

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"Why bringest thou not angels to us if it bethat thou hast the Truth?"

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We send not the angels down except for justcause: if they came (to the ungodly), behold! no respite would theyhave!

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We have, without doubt, sent down theMessage; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).

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We did send messengers before thee amongstthe sects of old:

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But never came a messenger to them but theymocked him.

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Even so do we let it creep into the hearts ofthe sinners -

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They do not believe in the Message, such hasbeen the way of those who went before them.

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Even if We opened out to them a gate fromheaven, and they were to continue (all day) ascending therein,

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They would only say: "Our eyes have beenintoxicated: Nay, we have been bewitched by sorcery."

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It is We Who have set out constellationssigns in the heavens, and made them fair-seeming to (all) beholders;

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And (moreover) We have guarded them fromevery accursed Satan.

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But any that gains a hearing by stealth, ispursued by a fiery comet, bright (to see).

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And the earth We have spread out (like acarpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable; and producedtherein all kinds of things in due balance.

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And We have provided therein means ofsubsistence,- for you and for those for whose sustenance ye are notresponsible.

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And there is not a thing but its (sourcesand) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us; but We only send downthereof in due and ascertainable measures.

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And We send the fecundating winds, then causethe rain to descend from the sky, therewith providing you with water(in abundance), though ye are not the guardians of its stores.

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And verily, it is We Who give life, and Whogive death: it is We Who remain inheritors (after all else passesaway).

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To Us are known those of you who hastenforward, and those who lag behind.

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Assuredly it is thy Lord Who will gather themtogether: for He is Perfect in Wisdom and Knowledge.

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We created man from sounding clay, from mudmolded into shape;

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And the Jinn race, We had created before,from the fire of a scorching wind.

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Behold! thy Lord said to the angels: "I amabout to create man, from sounding clay from mud molded into shape;

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"When I have fashioned him (in dueproportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down inobeisance unto him."

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So the angels prostrated themselves, all ofthem together:

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Not so Iblis: he refused to be among thosewho prostrated themselves.

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(Allah) said: "O Iblis! what is your reasonfor not being among those who prostrated themselves?"

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(Iblis) said: "I am not one to prostratemyself to man, whom Thou didst create from sounding clay, from mudmolded into shape."

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(Allah) said: "Then get thee out from here;for thou art rejected, accursed.

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"And the Curse shall be on thee till the dayof Judgment."

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(Iblis) said: "O my Lord! give me thenrespite till the Day the (dead) are raised."

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(Allah) said: "Respite is granted thee -

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"Till the Day of the Time Appointed."

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(Iblis) said: "O my Lord! because Thou hastput me in the wrong, I will make (wrong) fair-seeming to them on theearth, and I will put them all in the wrong,-

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"Except Thy chosen servants among them."

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(Allah) said: "This is for me a StraightPath.

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"For over My servants no authority shalt thouhave, except such as put themselves in the wrong and follow thee."

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And verily, Hell is the promised abode forthem all!

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To it are seven Gates: for each of thoseGates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned.

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The righteous (will be) amid Gardens andfountains (of clear-flowing water).

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(Their greeting will be): "Enter ye here inpeace and security."

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And We shall remove from their hearts anylurking sense of injury: (they will be) brothers (joyfully) facingeach other on raised couches.

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There no sense of fatigue shall touch them,nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave.

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Tell My servants that I am indeed theOft-forgiving, Most Merciful;

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And that My Chastisement will be indeed themost grievous Chastisement.

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Tell them about the guests of Abraham.

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When they entered his presence and said,"Peace!" He said, "We feel afraid of you!"

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They said: "Fear not! We give thee gladtidings of a son endowed with knowledge."

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He said: "Do ye give me glad tidings eventhough old age has seized me? Of what, then, is your good news?"

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They said: "We give thee glad tidings intruth: be not then in despair!"

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He said: "And who despairs of the mercy ofhis Lord, but such as go astray?"

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Abraham said: "What then is the business onwhich ye (have come), O ye messengers (of Allah)?"

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They said: "We have been sent to a people(deep) in sin,

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"Excepting the adherents of L�t: them We arecertainly (charged) to save (from harm),- All -

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"Except his wife, who, We have ascertained,will be among those who will lag behind."

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At length when the messengers arrived amongthe adherents of L�t,

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He said: "Ye appear to be uncommon folk."

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They said: "Yea, we have come to thee toaccomplish that of which they doubt.

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"We have come to thee with the truth, andassuredly we tell the truth.

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"Then travel by night with thy household,when a portion of the night (yet remains), and do thou go behindthem: let no one amongst you look back, but pass on whithe f64 r yeare ordered."

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And We made known this decree to him, thatthe last remnants of those (sinners) should be cut off by themorning.

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The inhabitants of the City came in (mad) joy(at news of the young men).

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L�t said: "These are my guests: disgrace menot:

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"But fear Allah, and shame me not."

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They said: "Did we not forbid thee (to speak)for all and sundry?"

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He said: "There are my daughters (to marry),if ye must act (so)."

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Verily, by thy life (O Prophet), in theirwild intoxication, they wander in distraction, to and fro.

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But the (mighty) Blast overtook them atsunrise,

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And We turned (the cities) upside down, andrained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay.

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Behold! in this are Signs for those who bytokens do understand.

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And the (cities were) right on the high-road.

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Behold! in this is a sign for those whobelieved.

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And the Companions of the Wood were alsowrong-doers;

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So We exacted retribution from them. Theywere both on an open highway, plain to see.

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The Companions of the Rocky Tract alsorejected the messengers:

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We sent them Our Sings, but they persisted inturning away from them.

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Out of the mountains did they hew (their)edifices, (feeling themselves) secure.

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But the (mighty) Blast seized them of amorning,

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And of no avail to them was all that they did(with such art and care)!

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We created not the heavens, the earth, andall between them, but for just ends. And the Hour is surely coming(when this will be manifest). So overlook (any human faults) withgracious forgiveness.

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For verily it is thy Lord Who is theAll-Creator, knowing all things.

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And We have bestowed upon thee the SevenOft-repeated (verses) and the Grand Quran.

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Strain not thine eyes. (Wistfully) at what Wehave bestowed on certain classes of them, nor grieve over them: butlower thy wing (in gentleness) to the believers.

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And say: "I am indeed he that warneth openlyand without ambiguity,"-

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(Of just such wrath) as We sent down on thosewho divided (Scripture into arbitrary parts),-

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(So also on such) as have made Quran intoshreds (as they please).

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Therefore, by thy Lord, We will, of a surety,call them to account,

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For all their deeds.

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Therefore expound openly what thou artcommanded, and turn away from those who join false gods with Allah.

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For sufficient are We unto thee against thosewho scoff,-

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Those who adopt, with Allah, another god: butsoon will they come to know.

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We do indeed know how thy heart is distressedat what they say.

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But celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and beof those who prostrate themselves in adoration.

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And serve thy Lord until there come unto theethe Hour that is Certain.