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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

15. Al-Hijr (1 – 25)

A Meccan sura which takes its title from the reference to the people ofal-Hijr (verses 80–4). These are an example of the many who disbelieved and rejected their prophets. Each has its own time for punishment so the Prophet should bear patiently, not grieve over what the disbelievers say, and continue with his worship. The sura uses the example of nature and Iblis's insistence on corrupting people to show, in turn, God's grace and the danger Satan personifies.

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1Al if Lam Ra

These are the verses of the Scripture, a Qurʾan that makes things clear. 2The disbelievers may well come to wish they had submitted to God, 3so [Prophet] leave them to eat and enjoy themselves. Let [false] hopes distract them: they will come to know.4Never have We destroyed a community that did not have a set time;5no community can bring its time forward, nor delay it. 6They say, ‘Receiver of this Qurʾan! You are definitely mad. 7Why do you not bring us the angels, if you are telling the truth?’ 8But We send down the angels only to bring justice and then these people will not be reprieved.9We have sent down the Qurʾan Ourself, and We Ourself will guard it. Even before you [Prophet],10We sent messengers among the various communities of old, 11but they mocked every single messenger that came to them: 12in this way We make the message slip through the hearts of evildoers. 13They will not believe in it. That was what happened with the peoples of long ago, 14and even if We opened a gateway into Heaven for them and they rose through it, higher and higher, 15they would still say, ‘Our eyes are hallucinating. We are bewitched.’

16We have set constellations up in the sky and made it beautiful for all to see, 17and guarded it from every stoned satan:a See 72: 8–9. 18any eavesdropper will be pursued by a clearly visible flame. 19As for the earth, We have spread it out, set firm mountains on it, and made everything grow there in due balance. 20We have provided sustenance in it for you and for all those creatures for whom you do not provide.21There is not a thing whose storehouses are not with Us. We send it down only according to a well-defined measure: 22We send the winds to fertilize, and We bring down water from the sky for you to drink— you do not control its sources.23It is We who give life and death; it is We who inherit [everything]. 24We know exactly those of you who come first and those who come later.25[Prophet], it is your Lord who will gather them all together: He is all wise, all knowing.

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a See 72: 8–9.

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