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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Abdel Haleem
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Abdel Haleem rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nun By the pen! By all they write!
68:2 Your Lord’s grace does not make you [Prophet] a madman:
68:3 you will have a never-ending reward––
68:4 truly you have a strong character––
68:5 and soon you will see, as will they,
68:6 which of you is afflicted with madness.
68:7 Your Lord knows best who strays from His path and who is rightly guided.
68:8 So do not yield to those who deny the truth––
68:9 they want you to compromise with them and then they will compromise with you––
68:10 do not yield to any contemptible swearer,
68:11 to any backbiter, slander-monger,
68:12 or hinderer of good, to anyone who is sinful, aggressive,
68:13 coarse, and on top of all that, an imposter.
68:14 Just because he has wealth and sons,
68:15 when our revelations are recited to him, he says, ‘These are just ancient fables.’
68:16 We shall brand him on the snout!
68:17 We have tried them as We tried the owners of a certain garden, who swore that they would harvest its fruits in the morning
68:18 and made no allowance [for the Will of God]:
68:19 a disaster from your Lord struck the garden as they slept
68:20 and by morning it was stripped bare, a desolate land.
68:21 Still they called each other at daybreak,
68:22 ‘Go early to your field if you wish to gather all its fruits,’
68:23 and went off, whispering,
68:24 ‘Make sure no poor person enters the garden today!’––
68:25 they left early, bent on their purpose-
68:26 but when they saw the garden, they said, ‘We must have lost our way!
68:27 No- we are ruined!’
68:28 The wisest of them said, ‘Did I not say to you, “Will you not glorify God?”’-
68:29 they said, ‘Glory be to God, Our Lord! Truly, we were doing wrong!’-
68:30 and then they turned to each other in mutual reproach.
68:31 They said, ‘Alas for us! We have done terrible wrong,
68:32 but maybe our Lord will give us something better in its place: we truly turn to Him in hope.’
68:33 Such is the punishment [in this life], but greater still is the punishment in the Hereafter, if only they knew.
68:34 There will be Gardens of bliss for those who are mindful of God.
68:35 Should We treat those who submit to Us as We treat those who do evil?
68:36 What is the matter with you? On what basis do you judge?
68:37 Do you have a Scripture that tells you
68:38 that you will be granted whatever you choose?
68:39 Have you received from Us solemn oaths, binding to the Day of Resurrection, that you will get whatever you yourselves decide?
68:40 Ask them [Prophet] which of them will guarantee this.
68:41 Do they have ‘partners’ [besides God]? Let them produce their ‘partners’, if what they say is true.
68:42 On the Day when matters become dire, they will be invited to prostrate themselves but will be prevented from doing so,
68:43 and their eyes will be downcast and they will be overwhelmed with shame: they were invited to prostrate themselves when they were safe [but refused].
68:44 So [Prophet] leave those who reject this revelation to Me: We shall lead them on, step by step, in ways beyond their knowledge;
68:45 I will allow them more time, for My plan is powerful.
68:46 Do you demand some reward from them that would burden them with debt?
68:47 Do they have knowledge of the unseen that enables them to write it down?
68:48 Wait patiently [Prophet] for your Lord’s judgement: do not be like the man in the whale who called out in distress:
68:49 if his Lord’s grace had not reached him, he would have been left, abandoned and blameworthy, on the barren shore,
68:50 but his Lord chose him and made him one of the Righteous.
68:51 The disbelievers almost strike you down with their looks when they hear the Quran. They say, ‘He must be mad!’
68:52 but truly it is nothing other than a Reminder for all peoples.


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