Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)
15. Sūrat al-Ḥijr 1
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
1 Alif, Lām, Rā.
These are the signs of the Book
and a manifest Qur’ān.
2 Much will the faithless wish
that they had been muslims.
3 Leave them to eat and enjoy
and to be diverted by longings.
Soon they will know.
4 We did not destroy any town
but that it had a known term.
5 No nation can advance its time
nor can it defer it.
6 They said,
to whom the Reminder has been sent down,
you are indeed crazy.
7 Why do you not bring us the angels
should you be truthful?!’
8 We do not send down the angels
except with due reason,
and then they will not be granted any respite.
1 The sūrah takes its name from Ḥijr (mentioned in verse 80), a place or region said to be inhabited by the people of Thamūd.