0 SAQ 15. Al-Hijr 15
Lo! You are a madman!
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1 Alif. Lam. Ra. These are verses of the Scripture and a plain Reading.


2 It may be that those who disbelieve wish ardently that they were Muslims.

Let the disbelievers enjoy their lives now.

3Let them eat and enjoy life, and let (false) hope beguile them. They will come to know!

4 And We destroyed no township but there was a known decree for it.

5 No nation can outstrip its term nor can they lag behind.

Let them be fooled by their false hopes.

They'll soon find out what will happen to them.

6 And they say: O thou unto whom the Reminder is revealed, lo! thou art indeed a madman!

7 Why bringest thou not angels unto us, if thou art of the truthful?

They say about the one to whom the Quran was revealed,

Lo! You are a madman!

8We send not down the angels save with the Fact, and in that case (the disbelievers) would not be tolerated.

9 Lo! We, even We, reveal the Reminder, and lo! We verily are its Guardian.

10 We verily sent (messengers) before thee among the factions of the men of old.

11 And never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him.

12 Thus do We make it traverse the hearts of the guilty:

13 They believe not therein, though the example of the men of old hath gone before.

14 And even if We opened unto them a gate of heaven and they kept mounting through it,

15 They would say: Our sight is wrong - nay, but we are folk bewitched.

16 And verily in the heaven we have set mansions of the stars, and We have beautified it for beholders.

17 And We have guarded it from every outcast devil,

18 Save him who stealeth the hearing, and them doth a clear flame pursue.

We [Allah] don't send down angels, [1]

But if we did, they'd destroy the disbelievers.

19And the earth have We spread out, and placed therein firm hills, and caused each seemly thing to grow therein.

20 And we have given unto you livelihoods therein, and unto those for whom ye provide not.

21 And there is not a thing but with Us are the stores thereof. And we send it not down save in appointed measure.

22 And We send the winds fertilising, and cause water to descend from the sky, and give it you to drink. It is not ye who are the holders of the store thereof.

23 Lo! and it is We, even We, Who quicken and give death, and We are the Inheritor.

24 And verily We know the eager among you and verily We know the laggards.

25 Lo! thy Lord will gather them together. Lo! He is Wise, Aware.

We spread out the earth. [2]

Allah and Iblis

26 Verily We created man of potter's clay of black mud altered,

We created man from potter's clay and black mud. [3]

27And the jinn did We create aforetime of essential fire.

And we created the jinn from fire.

28 And (remember) when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am creating a mortal out of potter's clay of black mud altered,

Remember when your Lord said to the angels,

Lo! I'm creating a mortal out of potter's clay and black mud.

29So, when I have made him and have breathed into him of My Spirit, do ye fall down, prostrating yourselves unto him.

When I've made him and breathed my spirit into him, fall down and prostrate yourselves to him.

30So the angels fell prostrate, all of them together .

So the angels did that.

31Save Iblis. He refused to be among the prostrate.

Except for Iblis. [4]

32 He said: O Iblis! What aileth thee that thou art not among the prostrate?

33He said: I am not one to prostrate myself unto a mortal whom Thou hast created out of potter's clay of black mud altered!

34He said: Then go thou forth from hence, for lo! thou art outcast.

35And lo! the curse shall be upon thee till the Day of Judgment.

He [Allah] said,

Oh Iblis, why didn't you prostrate yourself?

Iblis said,

I'm not going to prostrate myself to a mortal that you made out of potters clay and black mud!


You're an outcast then, with a curse until judgment day.

36He said: My Lord! Reprieve me till the day when they are raised.

Iblis: Don't curse me until the humans are resurrected.

37He said: Then lo! thou art of those reprieved.

38 Till the Day of appointed time.

Allah: Okay, I'll wait until then.

39 He said: My Lord! Because Thou hast sent me astray, I verily shall adorn the path of error for them in the earth, and shall mislead them every one,

40Save such of them as are Thy perfectly devoted slaves.


Because you have sent me astray,

I'l mislead all the humans. [5]

Except for the ones that are your devoted slaves.

41 He said: This is a right course incumbent upon Me:

42 Lo! as for My slaves, thou hast no power over any of them save such of the froward as follow thee,

43 And lo! for all such, hell will be the promised place.


That's the right thing for me to do.

You have no power over my slaves, except for those who follow you.

And they are all going to hell.

Lot: Here are my daughters
Family ValuesSexAbsurdityCrueltyInjusticeyIntolerance 15:44-77

44 It hath seven gates, and each gate hath an appointed portion.

45 Lo! those who ward off (evil) are among gardens and watersprings.

46 (And it is said unto them): Enter them in peace, secure.

47 And We remove whatever rancour may be in their breasts. As brethren, face to face, (they rest) on couches raised.

48 Toil cometh not unto them there, nor will they be expelled from thence.


49Announce, (O Muhammad) unto My slaves that verily I am the Forgiving, the Merciful,

50And that My doom is the dolorous doom.

51 And tell them of Abraham's guests,

52 (How) when they came in unto him, and said: Peace. He said: Lo! we are afraid of you.

53 They said: Be not afraid! Lo! we bring thee good tidings of a boy possessing wisdom.

54 He said: Bring ye me good tidings (of a son) when old age hath overtaken me? Of what then can ye bring good tidings?

55 They said: We bring thee good tidings in truth. So be not thou of the despairing.

56 He said: And who despaireth of the mercy of his Lord save those who are astray?

57 He said: And afterward what is your business, O ye messengers (of Allah)?

Allah said to Muhammad,

Tell my slaves that I am forgiving and merciful.

And that my doom is a dolorous doom.

Tell them about Abraham's guests,

58 They said: We have been sent unto a guilty folk,

59(All) save the family of Lot. Them we shall deliver every one,

who said,

We've been sent to a guilty folk, except for Lot's family, who we'll save.

60Except his wife, of whom We had decreed that she should be of those who stay behind.

61 And when the messengers came unto the family of Lot,

62 He said: Lo! ye are folk unknown (to me).

63 They said: Nay, but we bring thee that concerning which they keep disputing,

64 And bring thee the Truth, and lo! we are truth-tellers.

Except for Lot's wife, [6]

who we decreed to stay behind.

65 So travel with thy household in a portion of the night, and follow thou their backs. Let none of you turn round, but go whither ye are commanded.

66 And We made plain the case to him, that the root of them (who did wrong) was to be cut at early morn.

They said to Lot's family,

Don't look back.

67 And the people of the city came, rejoicing at the news (of new arrivals).

The city folk were excited to see the new arrivals.

68 He said: Lo! they are my guests. Affront me not!

69 And keep your duty to Allah, and shame me not!

70 They said; Have we not forbidden you from (entertaining) anyone?

Lot said:

These are my guests.

71 He said: Here are my daughters, if ye must be doing (so).

72 By thy life (O Muhammad) they moved blindly in the frenzy of approaching death.

73 Then the (Awful) Cry overtook them at the sunrise.

But here are my daughters, if you must do that.

74 And We utterly confounded them, and We rained upon them stones of heated clay.

75 Lo! therein verily are portents for those who read the signs.

76 And lo! it is upon a road still uneffaced.

77 Lo! therein is indeed a portent for believers.

And we rained upon them stones of heated clay.

The wood dwellers and Al-Hijr
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78 And the dwellers in the wood indeed were evil-doers.

The wood dwellers were evil-doers

79 So we took vengeance on them; and lo! they both are on a high-road plain to see.

so we took vengeance on them. [7]

80And the dwellers in Al-Hijr denied (Our) messengers.

81And we gave them Our revelations, but they were averse to them.

82 And they used to hew out dwellings from the hills, (wherein they dwelt) secure.

The people in Al-Hijr denied our messengers and rejected our revelations. [8]

83But the (Awful) Cry overtook them at the morning hour,

84 And that which they were wont to count as gain availed them not.

85 We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them save with truth, and lo! the Hour is surely coming. So forgive, (O Muhammad), with a gracious forgiveness.

86 Lo! Thy Lord! He is the All-Wise Creator.

87 We have given thee seven of the oft-repeated (verses) and the great Qur'an.

88 Strain not thine eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoin, and be not grieved on their account, and lower thy wing (in tenderness) for the believers.

89 And say: Lo! I, even I, am a plain warner,

90 Such as We send down for those who make division,

91 Those who break the Qur'an into parts.

92 Them, by thy Lord, We shall question, every one,

93 Of what they used to do.

94 So proclaim that which thou art commanded, and withdraw from the idolaters.

95 Lo! We defend thee from the scoffers,

96 Who set some other god along with Allah. But they will come to know.

97 Well know We that thy bosom is oppressed by what they say,

98 But hymn the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who make prostration (unto Him).

99 And serve thy Lord till the Inevitable cometh unto thee.

So one night we killed them all.


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