VERSES
99
PAGES
262-267

Name

This Surah takes its name from v. 80.

Period of Revelation

It is clear from its topics and style that the period of its revelation is about the same as that of Surah Ibrahim, for two things are quite prominent in its background. First, it appears from the repeated warnings in this Surah that in spite of the fact that the Holy Prophet had been propagating the Message for many years, his people in general had not shown any inclination towards its acceptance nay, they had become more and more obdurate and stubborn in their antagonism, enmity and ridicule with the passage of time. Secondly, by that time the Holy Prophet had begun to feel a little tired of making strenuous efforts to eradicate disbelief and opposition of his people. That is why Allah has consoled and comforted him over and over again by way of encouragement.

Topics and the Central Theme

Though the main topics of the surah are:

  1. warning to those who rejected his Message, opposed it tooth and nail, and ridiculed him, and

  2. comfort and encouragement to the Holy Prophet,

It does not mean that this Surah does not contain admonition and instructions. As a matter of fact, the Quran never confines itself to mere warning; rebuke and censure, but resorts to precept in every suitable place. Accordingly, this Surah contains brief arguments for Tauhid on the one hand, and admonition in the story of Adam and Satan on the other.

Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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15:49

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[O Muhammad], inform My servants that it is I who am the Forgiving, the Merciful.

15:50

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And that it is My punishment which is the painful punishment.

15:51

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And inform them about the guests of Abraham,

15:52

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When they entered upon him and said, "Peace." [Abraham] said, "Indeed, we are fearful of you."

15:53

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[The angels] said, "Fear not. Indeed, we give you good tidings of a learned boy."

15:54

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He said, "Have you given me good tidings although old age has come upon me? Then of what [wonder] do you inform?"

15:55

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They said, "We have given you good tidings in truth, so do not be of the despairing."

15:56

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He said, "And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for those astray?"

15:57

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[Abraham] said, "Then what is your business [here], O messengers?"

15:58

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They said, "Indeed, we have been sent to a people of criminals,

15:59

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Except the family of Lot; indeed, we will save them all

15:60

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Except his wife." Allah decreed that she is of those who remain behind.

15:61

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And when the messengers came to the family of Lot,

15:62

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He said, "Indeed, you are people unknown."

15:63

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They said, "But we have come to you with that about which they were disputing,

15:64

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And we have come to you with truth, and indeed, we are truthful.

15:65

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So set out with your family during a portion of the night and follow behind them and let not anyone among you look back and continue on to where you are commanded."

15:66

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And We conveyed to him [the decree] of that matter: that those [sinners] would be eliminated by early morning.

15:67

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And the people of the city came rejoicing.

15:68

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[Lot] said, "Indeed, these are my guests, so do not shame me.

15:69

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And fear Allah and do not disgrace me."

15:70

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They said, "Have we not forbidden you from [protecting] people?"

15:71

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[Lot] said, "These are my daughters - if you would be doers [of lawful marriage]."

15:72

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By your life, [O Muhammad], indeed they were, in their intoxication, wandering blindly.

15:73

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So the shriek seized them at sunrise.

15:74

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And We made the highest part [of the city] its lowest and rained upon them stones of hard clay.

15:75

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Indeed in that are signs for those who discern.

15:76

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And indeed, those cities are [situated] on an established road.

15:77

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Indeed in that is a sign for the believers.

15:78

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And the companions of the thicket were [also] wrongdoers.

15:79

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So We took retribution from them, and indeed, both [cities] are on a clear highway.

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