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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall
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M. M. Pickthall rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
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68:1 Nun. By the pen and that which they write (therewith),
68:2 Thou art not, for thy Lord's favour unto thee, a madman.
68:3 And lo! thine verily will be a reward unfailing.
68:4 And lo! thou art of a tremendous nature.
68:5 And thou wilt see and they will see
68:6 Which of you is the demented.
68:7 Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who walk aright.
68:8 Therefor obey not thou the rejecters
68:9 Who would have had thee compromise, that they may compromise.
68:10 Neither obey thou each feeble oath-monger,
68:11 Detracter, spreader abroad of slanders,
68:12 Hinderer of the good, transgressor, malefactor
68:13 Greedy therewithal, intrusive.
68:14 It is because he is possessed of wealth and children
68:15 That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith: Mere fables of the men of old.
68:16 We shall brand him on the nose.
68:17 Lo! We have tried them as We tried the owners of the garden when they vowed that they would pluck its fruit next morning,
68:18 And made no exception (for the Will of Allah);
68:19 Then a visitation from thy Lord came upon it while they slept
68:20 And in the morning it was as if plucked.
68:21 And they cried out one unto another in the morning,
68:22 Saying: Run unto your field if ye would pluck (the fruit).
68:23 So they went off, saying one unto another in low tones:
68:24 No needy man shall enter it to-day against you.
68:25 They went betimes, strong in (this) purpose.
68:26 But when they saw it, they said: Lo! we are in error!
68:27 Nay, but we are desolate!
68:28 The best among them said: Said I not unto you: Why glorify ye not (Allah)?
68:29 They said: Glorified be our Lord! Lo! we have been wrong-doers.
68:30 Then some of them drew near unto others, self-reproaching.
68:31 They said: Alas for us! In truth we were outrageous.
68:32 It may be that our Lord will give us better than this in place thereof. Lo! we beseech our Lord.
68:33 Such was the punishment. And verily the punishment of the Hereafter is greater if they did but know.
68:34 Lo! for those who keep from evil are gardens of bliss with their Lord.
68:35 Shall We then treat those who have surrendered as We treat the guilty?
68:36 What aileth you? How foolishly ye judge!
68:37 Or have ye a scripture wherein ye learn
68:38 That ye shall indeed have all that ye choose?
68:39 Or have ye a covenant on oath from Us that reacheth to the Day of Judgment, that yours shall be all that ye ordain?
68:40 Ask them (O Muhammad) which of them will vouch for that!
68:41 Or have they other gods? Then let them bring their other gods if they are truthful
68:42 On the day when it befalleth in earnest, and they are ordered to prostrate themselves but are not able,
68:43 With eyes downcast, abasement stupefying them. And they had been summoned to prostrate themselves while they were yet unhurt.
68:44 Leave Me (to deal) with those who give the lie to this pronouncement. We shall lead them on by steps from whence they know not.
68:45 Yet I bear with them, for lo! My scheme is firm.
68:46 Or dost thou (Muhammad) ask a fee from them so that they are heavily taxed?
68:47 Or is the Unseen theirs that they can write (thereof)?
68:48 But wait thou for thy Lord's decree, and be not like him of the fish, who cried out in despair.
68:49 Had it not been that favour from his Lord had reached him he surely had been cast into the wilderness while he was reprobate.
68:50 But his Lord chose him and placed him among the righteous.
68:51 And lo! those who disbelieve would fain disconcert thee with their eyes when they hear the Reminder, and they say: Lo! he is indeed mad;
68:52 When it is naught else than a Reminder to creation.


   


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