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For the archaeological site of the same name, see Meda'in Saleh.
Classification Makkan
Meaning of the name The Stoneland
Sura number 15
Number of verses 99
Juz' number 14
Hizb number 27
Number of Sajdahs none
Previous Sura Ibrahim
Next Sura An-Nahl

Surah Al-Hijr (Arabic: سورة الحجر‎, Sūratu al-Hijr, "The Stoneland") is the 15th surah of the Qur'an. It has 99 ayat. It is a Makkan surah believed to have been received by Muhammad shortly after the 12th surah (Yusuf), Muhammad's last year in Mecca. It is an early Makki surah, which means that its revelation to Muhammad occurred within the confines of the city of Makkah. Like the other surah of this period, it praises God.

A quality of Makkan-Quran is that the ayat – or the verses – are shorter and the rhyme and ryhting of the surah is more efficient and quicker.

Sample verses[edit]

For the following verses, the first argument in the surah is that the Qu'ran does not need to be validated by outside sources, it is a miracle in and of itself. Another prominent argument in the following verses is about 'proof'. If one requires validation of one's faith, they should look at creation itself, one must look, and one must reflect., and then reach to conclusions by the means of existence and creation around us.

(15:1) Alif. Lam. Ra'. These are the verses of the Book, and a Clear Qur'an.

(15:2) Soon will the time come when the unbelievers will wish they were Muslims.

(15:3) Leave them to eat and enjoy life and let false hopes amuse them. They will soon come to know.

(15:4) Whenever We destroyed a town, a definite term had previously been decreed for it.

(15:5) No people can outstrip the term for its destruction nor can it delay it.

(15:6) They say: "O you to whom the Admonition has been revealed, you are surely crazed.

(15:7) Why do you not bring down angels upon us if you are indeed truthful?"

(15:8) We do not send down the angels (in frivolity); and when We do send them down,4 We do so with Truth; then people are granted no respite.

(15:9) As for the Admonition, indeed it is We Who have revealed it and it is indeed We Who are its guardians.

(15:10) (O Muhammad), certainly We did send Messengers before you among the nations which have gone by.

(15:11) And whenever a Messenger came to them, they never failed to mock him.

(15:12) Even so We make a way for it (that is, the Admonition) in the hearts of the culprits (like a hot rod);

(15:13) they do not believe in it. This has been the wont of people of this kind from ancient times.

(15:14) If We were even to open for them a way to the heavens, and they could continually climb up to it in broad daylight,

(15:15) they would still have said: "Surely our eyes have been dazzled; rather, we have been enchanted."

- (The Qur'an, Al-Hijr 15:1-15:15)

External links[edit]

  • Surah Al-Hijr (Complete text in Arabic with English and French translations)
  • Quran Al-Hijr with Translation
  • Surat Al-Hijr Alternate Link (English Translation)

Other Information[edit]

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