Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Hewing out dwellings from the hills

Quran Chapter 15  80 to 84 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1681) درس قرآن

Hewing out dwellings from the hills

Surah ‘Al-Hijr – (The Rocky Tract) – 15

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast)

(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

وَلَقَدْ كَذَّبَ أَصْحَٰبُ ٱلْحِجْرِ ٱلْمُرْسَلِينَ 80

 وَءَاتَيْنَٰهُمْ ءَايَٰتِنَا فَكَانُوا۟ عَنْهَا مُعْرِضِينَ 81

 وَكَانُوا۟ يَنْحِتُونَ مِنَ ٱلْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا ءَامِنِينَ 82

 فَأَخَذَتْهُمُ ٱلصَّيْحَةُ مُصْبِحِينَ 83

 فَمَآ أَغْنَىٰ عَنْهُم مَّا كَانُوا۟ يَكْسِبُونَ 84

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


81.  And 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.


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


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

80.  Wa  laqad  kazzaba  ‘As-haabul-HIJRIL-mursa-liin. 


81.  Wa  ‘aatay-Naahum  ‘Aayaati-Naa  fa-kaanuu  ‘anhaa  mu’-riziin.


82.  Wa  kaanuu  yanhi-tuuna  minal  jibaali  bu-yuutan  ‘aaminiin.


83.  Fa-‘akha-zat-humus-Say-hatu  musbi-hiin.


84.  Famaaa  ‘agNaa  ‘anhum-maa  kaanuu  yaksi-buun.    




‘As-haabul-HIJRI – (the dwellers in Al-Hijr), this is the folk, which is called Thamud. Their story has been mentioned at various places in Holy Qur’aan. Hijr was the name of their township.


Yanhi-tuuna – (they used to hew), origin of this word is na-ha-ta. Nahat means “to hew”. Here it aims “stone-cutting”.


At the North side of Madinah, there was another township, name of which was Hijr. A folk, named Thamud, was dwelling there. Those people used to build stony houses by digging hills and hewing stones with tools into them, which were solid and spacious. Those people were of strong and heavy bodies, and they used to consider slight to all other people before them.


Allah Almighty sent Salih (peace be upon him) appointing him as His Messenger unto them. He (peace be upon him) said: Give up pride and arrogance. Allah Almighty is the Strongest. Fear Him. He is Who has given you these entire good things. Be thankful to Him.


They disobeyed Prophet Salih (peace be upon him). So the doom of earthquake and awful cry was descended upon them. Then their strength and power was of no use and their lasting houses did not save them. You should understand from it that your all plans are useless before Allah Almighty.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).