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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Muhammad Taqi Usmani
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Muhammad Taqi Usmani rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
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68:1 Nun , by the pen and what they write,
68:2 with the grace of your Lord, you are not insane.
68:3 And you will definitely have a reward that will never end.
68:4 And you are surely on an excellent standard of character.
68:5 So, you will see, and they will see
68:6 which of you is demented.
68:7 Surely your Lord knows best who has strayed from his way, and He is well aware of those who are on the right path.
68:8 So, do not obey those who reject (the true faith.)
68:9 They wish that you become flexible (in your faith), so that they should become flexible (in their hostile attitude.)
68:10 And do not obey any contemptible one who swears much,
68:11 a slanderer who goes about with calumnies,
68:12 one who prevents good, (and who is) transgressor, sinful,
68:13 harsh, (and) after all that, notorious,
68:14 (do not obey such a person merely) because he is a man of wealth and sons.
68:15 When Our verses are recited to him, he says, .(These are) the tales of the ancient.
68:16 We will soon brand him on the snout.
68:17 We have tested them as We had tested the Owners of the Garden, when they had sworn an oath that they would pluck its fruits on the next morning,
68:18 and did not make any exception (by saying insha‘allah ).
68:19 Then, there whirled around it a whirl (of calamity) from your Lord, while they were asleep.
68:20 Thus, on the next morning, it was like a harvested field.
68:21 So, they called out each other as the morning broke,
68:22 saying, .Set out early, if you are going to pluck (the fruits).
68:23 So they set out while they were whispering to each other,
68:24 saying, .Let no poor man enter into it upon you today.
68:25 And in early hours they rushed quickly, while they were (assuming themselves) powerful (to pluck the fruits and prevent the poor.)
68:26 But when they saw it (the place of the ruined garden), they said, .We have missed the way.
68:27 (Then, once they realized that the garden is the same, but it has been destroyed, they said,) .No, but we are deprived (of the fruits).
68:28 Said he who was the best among them, .Did I not say to you, ‘Why do you not pronounce tasbiH (Allah‘s purity)?.
68:29 They said, .We pronounce the purity of our Lord. No doubt, we were wrongdoers.
68:30 Then, (at the beginning,) they started reproaching one another;
68:31 (and at last,) they said, .Woe to us! In fact, we (all) were outrageous.
68:32 We hope that our Lord will give us in exchange something better than this. Truly we turn to Allah.
68:33 In this way the punishment comes. And, of course, the punishment of the Hereafter is even greater, if they but realize!
68:34 Surely, for the God-fearing there are gardens of bliss.
68:35 Otherwise, shall We make the obedient like the sinners?
68:36 What has happened to you? How do you judge?
68:37 Do you have a book in which you read
68:38 that for you there is what you choose?
68:39 Or do you have oaths sworn by Us, remaining effective up to the Day of Judgment, that you will get what you decide?
68:40 Ask them which of them stands surety for that.
68:41 Or do they have associate-gods (who have guaranteed safety for them)? Then, let them bring their associate-gods, if they are true.
68:42 On the Day when the Shin will be exposed, and they will be called upon to prostrate themselves, they will not be able to.
68:43 With their eyes downcast, they will be enveloped by ignominy. They used to be called upon to prostrate when they were healthy (but they did not.)
68:44 So, leave Me alone with those who reject this discourse. We will draw them on little by little (towards Hell) from a way they do not know.
68:45 And I give them respite. Indeed, My plan is firm.
68:46 Is it that you ask them for a fee, due to which they are burdened with debt?
68:47 Or do they have the (knowledge of the) Unseen, and they write it down?
68:48 So, remain patient with your Lord‘s judgment, and be not like the Man of the Fish, he cried out while he was in anguish.
68:49 Had not a favour from His Lord come to his help, he would have been cast in the wilderness in a reproachable state.
68:50 Then his Lord chose him, and made him one of the righteous.
68:51 And indeed the disbelievers seem to trip you up with their glances when they hear the Reminder, and say, .He is a madman indeed.
68:52 And it is nothing else but a Reminder for all the worlds.


   


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