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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 N. By the pen, and what they write
68:2 thou art not, by God's grace, mad
68:3 and, verily, thine is a hire that is not grudged
68:4 and, verily, thou art of a grand nature
68:5 But thou shalt see and they shall se
68:6 which of you is the infatuated
68:7 Verily, thy Lord He knows best who errs from His way; and He knows best those who are guided
68:8 Then obey not those who call thee liar
68:9 they would fain that thou shouldst be smooth with them, then would they be smooth with thee
68:10 And obey not any mean swearer
68:11 a back-biter, a walker about with slander
68:12 a forbidder of good, a transgressor, a sinner
68:13 rude, and base-born too
68:14 though he have wealth and sons
68:15 When our signs are recited to him he says, 'Old folks' tales!
68:16 We will brand him on the snout
68:17 Verily, we have tried them as we tried the fellows of the garden when they swore, 'We will cut its fruit at morn!
68:18 But they made not the exception
68:19 and there came round about it an encompassing calamity from thy Lord the while they slept
68:20 and on the morrow it was as one the fruit of which is cut
68:21 And they cried to each other in the morning
68:22 'Go early to your tilth if ye would cut it!
68:23 So they set off, saying privily to each other
68:24 'There shall surely enter it today unto you no poor person!
68:25 And they went early deciding to be stingy
68:26 And when they saw it they said, 'Verily, we have erred
68:27 Nay, we are forbidden (its fruit)!
68:28 Said the most moderate of them, 'Said I not to you, "unless ye celebrate God's praises!"
68:29 Said they, 'Celebrated be the praises of our Lord! verily, we were unjust!
68:30 And they approached each other with mutual blame
68:31 Said they, 'O woe to us! verily, we have been outrageous
68:32 Haply our Lord may give us instead a better than it; verily, we unto our Lord do yearn.
68:33 Thus is the torment, but, verily, the torment of the hereafter is greater, if ye did but know
68:34 Verily, for the pious with their Lord are gardens of pleasure
68:35 Shall we then make the Muslims like the sinners
68:36 What ails you? how ye judge
68:37 Or have ye a book in which ye can study
68:38 that ye are surely to have what ye may choose
68:39 Or have ye oaths binding on us until the judgment day that ye are surely to have what ye may judge
68:40 Ask them, which of them will vouch for this
68:41 Or have they partners, then let them bring their partners if they do speak the truth
68:42 On the day when the leg shall be bared; and they shall be called to adore and shall not be able
68:43 Lowering their looks, abasement shall attack them, for they were called to adore while yet they were safe
68:44 But let me alone with him who calls this new discourse a lie. We will surely bring them down by degrees from whence they do not know
68:45 And I will let them have their way! for my device is sure
68:46 Or dost thou ask them a hire for it while they are burdened with debts
68:47 Or have they the knowledge of the unseen, so that they write
68:48 But wait patiently for the judgment of thy Lord, and be not like the fellow of the fish, when he cried out as he was choking with rage
68:49 Had it not been that grace from his Lord reached him, he would have been cast out on the naked (shore) and blamed the while
68:50 But his Lord elected him, and made him of the pious
68:51 The misbelievers well-nigh upset thee with their looks when they hear the reminder, and they say, 'Surely he is mad!
68:52 And yet it is but a reminder to the worlds


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