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Sura 15 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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1Alif Lam Ra. Those are the signs of the Book and of a manifest Koran.
2Perchance the unbelievers will wish that they had surrendered:
3leave them to eat, and to take their joy, and to be bemused by hope; certainly they will soon know!
4Never a city have We destroyed, but it had a known decree,
5and no nation outstrips its term, nor do they put it back.
6They say: 'Thou, upon whom the Remembrance is sent down, thou art assuredly possessed!
7Why dost thou not bring the angels unto us, if thou speakest truly?'
8We send not down the angels, save with truth;
9then they would not be respited. It is We who have sent down the Remembrance, and We watch over it.
10Indeed, We sent Messengers before thee, among the factions of the ancients,
11and not a single Messenger came to them, but they mocked at him;
12even so We cause it to enter into the hearts of the sinners --
13they believe not in it, though the wont of the ancients is already gone.
14Though We opened to them a gate in heaven, and still they mounted through it,
15yet would they say, 'Our eyes have been dazzled; nay, we are a people bewitched!'
16We have set in heaven constellations and decked them out fair to the beholders,
17and guarded them from every accursed Satan
18excepting such as listens by stealth -- and he is pursued by a manifest flame.
19And the earth -- We stretched it forth, and cast on it firm mountains, and We caused to grow therein of every thing justly weighed,
20and there appointed for you livelihood, and for those you provide not for.
21Naught is there, but its treasuries are with Us, and We send it not down but in a known measure.
22And We loose the winds fertilising, and We send down out of heaven water, then We give it to you to drink, and you are not its treasurers.
23It is We who give life, and make to die, and it is We who are the inheritors.
24We know the ones of you who press forward, and We know the laggards;
25and it is thy Lord shall muster them, and He is All-wise, All-knowing.
26Surely We created man of a clay of mud moulded,
27and the jinn created We before of fire flaming.
28And when thy Lord said to the angels, 'See, I am creating a mortal of a clay of mud moulded.
29When I have shaped him, and breathed My spirit in him, fall you down, bowing before him!'
30Then the angels bowed themselves all together,
31save Iblis; he refused to be among those bowing.
32Said He, 'What ails thee, Iblis, that thou art not among those bowing?'
33Said he, 'I would never bow myself before a mortal whom Thou hast created of a clay of mud moulded.'
34Said He, 'Then go thou forth hence; thou art accursed.
35Upon thee shall rest the curse, till the Day of Doom.'
36Said he, 'My Lord, respite me till the day they shall be raised.'
37Said He, 'Thou art among the ones that are respited
38unto the day of a known time.'
39Said he, 'My Lord, for Thy perverting me I shall deck all fair to them in the earth, and I shall pervert them, all together,
40excepting those Thy servants among them that are devoted.
41Said He, 'This is for Me a straight path:
42over My servants thou shalt have no authority, except those that follow thee,
43being perverse; Gehenna shall be their promised land all together.
44Seven gates it has, and unto each gate a set portion of them belongs.'
45But the godfearing shall be amidst gardens and fountains:
46'Enter you them, in peace and security!'
47We shall strip away all rancour that is in their breasts; as brothers they shall be upon couches set face to face;
48no fatigue there shall smite them, neither shall they ever be driven forth from there.
49Tell My servants I am the All-forgiving, the All-compassionate,
50and that My chastisement is the painful chastisement.
51And tell them of the guests of Abraham,
52when they entered unto him, saying, 'Peace!' He said, 'Behold, we are afraid of you.'
53They said, 'Be not afraid; behold, we give thee good tidings of a cunning boy.'
54He said, 'What, do you give me good tidings, though old age has smitten me? Of what do you
55give me good tidings?' They said, 'We give thee good tidings of truth. Be not of those that despair.'
56He said, 'And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord, excepting those that are astray?'
57He said, 'And what is your business, envoys?'
58They said, 'We have been sent unto a people of sinners,
59excepting the folk of Lot; them we shall deliver
60all together, excepting his wife -- we have decreed, she shall surely be of those that tarry.'
61So, when the envoys came to the folk of Lot,
62he said, 'Surely you are a people unknown to me!'
63They said, 'Nay, but we have brought thee that concerning which they were doubting.
64We have come to thee with the truth, and assuredly we speak truly.
65So set forth, thou with thy family, in a watch of the night, and follow after the backs of them, and let not any one of you turn round; and depart unto the place you are commanded.'
66And We decreed for him that commandment, that the last remnant of those should be cut off in the morning.
67And the people of the city came rejoicing.
68He said, 'These are my guests; put me not to shame,
69and fear God, and do not degrade me.'
70They said, 'Have we not forbidden thee all beings?'
71He said, 'These are my daughters, if you would be doing.'
72By thy life, they wandered blindly in their dazzlement,
73and the Cry seized them at the sunrise,
74and We turned it uppermost nethermost and rained on it stones of baked clay.
75Surely in that are signs for such as mark;
76surely it is on a way yet remaining;
77surely in that is a sign for believers.
78Certainly the dwellers in the Thicket were evildoers,
79and We took vengeance on them. The two of them were upon a roadway manifest.
80The dwellers in El-Hijr cried lies to the Envoys.
81We brought them. Our signs, and they turned away from them.
82They were hewing the mountains into houses, therein dwelling securely;
83and the Cry seized them in the morning;
84that they earned did not avail them.
85We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, save in truth. Surely the Hour is coming; so pardon thou, with a gracious pardoning.
86Surely thy Lord, He is the All-creator, the All-knowing.
87We have given thee seven of the oft-repeated, and the mighty Koran.
88Stretch not thine eyes to that We have given pairs of them to enjoy; and do not sorrow for them, and lower thy wing unto the believers,
89and say, 'Surely, I am the manifest warner.'
90So We sent it down to the partitioners,
91who have broken the Koran into fragments.
92Now by thy Lord, We shall surely question them all together
93concerning that they were doing.
94So shout that thou art commanded and turn thou away from the idolaters.
95We suffice thee against the mockers,
96even against those who set up with God another god. Certainly they will soon know!
97We know indeed thy breast is straitened by the things they say.
98Proclaim thy Lord's praise, and be of those that bow,
99and serve thy Lord, until the Certain comes to thee.

Current edition: 2013 Feb 17
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