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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Bijan Moeinian
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Bijan Moeinian rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 N, Hereby God swears by the pen and all writing instruments (including the computer keyboards nowadays) that:
68:2 You (Mohammad), by grace of Lord, are not (as your enemies refer to you) crazy.
68:3 As a matter of fact, there is a never ending reward for you with your Lord (in account of the sufferings you are going through…
68:4 … in guiding people to the right path) and you are already elevated to a high and noble rank.
68:5 Pretty soon you and them will see…
68:6 … who is really crazy.
68:7 Indeed your Lord knows who is walking on the right path and who is lost.
68:8 Knowing that your Lord has shown you the right path, never follow those who have rejected it.
68:9 They wish you compromise, so that they may compromise too.
68:10 And do not give in to a person who…
68:11 … knows nobody believes him, therefore he swears every time that he mentions something….
68:12 … He is a slandered, back biter, forbidder of good, transgressor, sinner, Ignoble and,…
68:13 … above all, a low life at birth.
68:14 Just because he has wealth and children,
68:15 Anytime that his Lord’s revelations is recited to him, he says: “These are nothing but ancient time’s mythologies.”
68:16 “ Pretty soon I (God) will brand him with disgrace.
68:17 These people are tried the same way that your Lord tried the owners of the most fruitful gardens who said: “Tomorrow is the that that we will gather the fruits of our garden.”
68:18 And they forgot to say: “God willing.”
68:19 While they were sleeping your Lord send a storm which destroyed their garden.
68:20 In the morning all was destroyed.
68:21 As they woke up they said:…
68:22 … “Let us go gather our fruits.”
68:23 On their way they decided not to let any poor person to enter to their…
68:24 … garden asking for charity.
68:25 They were sure of their harvest.
68:26 As soon as they saw their destroyed garden they said: “Are we in right place.”
68:27 We have lost everything.
68:28 The more just one said: “We forgot to worship/ thank the Lord.”
68:29 Then they said: “Glory to our Lord, we were wrong.”
68:30 Then they started to blame each other.
68:31 They said: Shame and pity on us as we sinned.”
68:32 “We repent. May our Lord, out of his Mercy, give us even a better garden.”
68:33 Such was their punishment. They did not know, however, that the punishment of the Hereafter is far greater.
68:34 As far as those who follow their Lord’s path, they will surely end up in the gardens of Paradise.
68:35 After all, do you expect your Lord to treat the one who obeys the same way that He treats the guilty one?
68:36 What is wrong with you? What kind of logic is that the sinner and the obedient should be treated equally?
68:37 In which book did you read that …
68:38 …you will choose whatever you want there in Hereafter?
68:39 Do you have any covenant with your Lord that your freedom of choice is granted to you forever?
68:40 Ask them O’ Mohammad, who has guaranteed that their wishful thinking will come true.
68:41 Which one among those whom you worship beside your Lord (idol, woman, children, boss, money, etc.) will help you in the Day of Judgment?
68:42 The Day surely will come when their deeds will publicly be displayed. They will ask to prostrate but they will be so overcome that they can not even fall down.
68:43 Their eyes full of shame and sorrow they will be reminded of the time that they had the opportunity to fall down in prostration and worship their Lord but they refused to.
68:44 So Mohammad, never mind those who reject My word and leave them to Me. They will be overtaken in such a way that they cannot even realize that they are being ruined.
68:45 I (God) will give them enough time so that they completely prove that they are guilty; My plan is indeed perfect.
68:46 Mohammad, are you asking a reward for inviting them to the right path that they feel so enraged toward you?
68:47 Mohammad, do they have any knowledge of unseen that they accuse you of being a fraud.
68:48 Mohammad be patient with them as the time of your final victory over them is yet far off and do not behave impatiently as did Jonah, who, in account of his impatience, was swallow by the big fish.
68:49 If your Lord had not been graceful to him, his dead body would have been thrown out on the naked shore on disgrace.
68:50 But your Lord forgave him and included him among the righteous people.
68:51 Mohammad, when the disbeliever hear the verses of Qur’an, they look at you in such a way as though their eyes want to eat you up and say: “Mohammad is certainly mad.”
68:52 Know that this Qur’an is nothing but a reminder sent by God to all intelligent creatures of the worlds.


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