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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 rea
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