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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Maulana Muhammad Ali
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Maulana Muhammad Ali rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 (By) the inkstand and the pen and that which they write!
68:2 By the grace of thy Lord thou art not mad.
68:3 And surely thine is a reward never to be cut off.
68:4 And surely thou hast sublime morals.
68:5 So thou wilt see, and they (too) will see,
68:6 Which of you is mad.
68:7 Surely thy Lord knows best who is erring from His way, and He knows best those who go aright.
68:8 So obey not the rejectors.
68:9 They wish that thou shouldst be pliant, so they (too) would be pliant.
68:10 And obey not any mean swearer,
68:11 Defamer, going about with slander,
68:12 Hinderer of good, outstepping the limits, sinful,
68:13 Ignoble, besides all that, notoriously mischievous --
68:14 Because he possess wealth and sons.
68:15 When Our messages are recited to him, he says: Stories of those of yore!
68:16 We shall brand him on the snout.
68:17 We shall try them as We tried the owners of the garden, when they swore to pluck its fruits in the morning,
68:18 And would not set aside a portion (for the poor).
68:19 But a visitation from thy Lord came on it, while they slept.
68:20 So it became as black, barren land --
68:21 Then they called out one to another in the morning,
68:22 Saying: Go early to your tilth, if you would pluck (the fruit).
68:23 So they went, while they said one to another in low tones:
68:24 No poor man shall enter it to-day to you --
68:25 And in the morning they went, having the power to prevent.
68:26 But when they saw it, they said: Surely we are in error;
68:27 Nay, we are made to suffer privation.
68:28 The best of them said: Said I not to you, Why do you not glorify (Allah)?
68:29 They said: Glory be to our Lord! surely we were unjust.
68:30 Then some of them advanced against others, blaming each other.
68:31 Said they: O woe to us! Surely we were inordinate --
68:32 Maybe, our Lord will give us instead one better than it -- surely to our Lord we make petition.
68:33 Such is the chastisement. And certainly the chastisement of the Hereafter is greater, did they but know!
68:34 Surely the dutiful have with their Lord Gardens of bliss.
68:35 Shall We then make those who submit as the guilty?
68:36 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
68:37 Or have you a book wherein you read
68:38 That you shall surely have therein what you choose?
68:39 Or have you covenants from us on oath, extending to the day of Resurrection, that yours is surely what you judge?
68:40 Ask them which of them will vouch for that.
68:41 Or have they associate-gods? Then let them bring their associates, if they are truthful.
68:42 On the day when thee is a severe affliction, and they are called upon to prostrate themselves, but they are not able --
68:43 Their looks cast down, abasement will cover them. And they were indeed called upon to prostrate themselves, while yet they were safe.
68:44 So leave Me alone with him who rejects this announcement. We shall overtake them by degrees, from whence they know not.
68:45 And I bear with them, surely My plan is firm.
68:46 Or dost thou ask from them a reward, so that they are burdened with debt?
68:47 Or is the unseen with them so that they write (it) down?
68:48 So wait patiently for the judgment of thy Lord, and be not like the Companion of the fish, when he cried while he was in distress.
68:49 Had not favour from his Lord reached him, he would certainly have been cast down on naked ground, while he was blamed.
68:50 Then his Lord chose him, and He made him of the righteous.
68:51 And those who disbelieve would almost smite thee with their eyes when they hear the Reminder, and they say: Surely he is mad!
68:52 And it is naught but a Reminder for the nations.


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