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68:1  Nun. By the Pen and the (Record) which (men) write,
68:2  Thou art not, by the Grace of thy Lord, mad or possessed
68:3  Nay, verily for thee is a Reward unfailing
68:4  And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character
68:5  Soon wilt thou see, and they will see
68:6  Which of you is afflicted with madness
68:7  Verily it is thy Lord that knoweth best, which (among men) hath strayed from His Path: and He knoweth best those who receive (true) Guidance
68:8  So hearken not to those who deny (the Truth)
68:9  Their desire is that thou shouldst be pliant: so would they be pliant
68:10  Heed not the type of despicable men,- ready with oaths
68:11  A slanderer, going about with calumnies
68:12  (Habitually) hindering (all) good, transgressing beyond bounds, deep in sin
68:13  Violent (and cruel),- with all that, base-born,
68:14  Because he possesses wealth and (numerous) sons
68:15  When to him are rehearsed Our Signs, "Tales of the ancients", he cries
68:16  Soon shall We brand (the beast) on the snout
68:17  Verily We have tried them as We tried the People of the Garden, when they resolved to gather the fruits of the (garden) in the morning
68:18  But made no reservation, ("If it be Allah's Will")
68:19  Then there came on the (garden) a visitation from thy Lord, (which swept away) all around, while they were asleep
68:20  So the (garden) became, by the morning, like a dark and desolate spot, (whose fruit had been gathered)
68:21  As the morning broke, they called out, one to another,
68:22  "Go ye to your tilth (betimes) in the morning, if ye would gather the fruits."
68:23  So they departed, conversing in secret low tones, (saying)
68:24  "Let not a single indigent person break in upon you into the (garden) this day."
68:25  And they opened the morning, strong in an (unjust) resolve
68:26  But when they saw the (garden), they said: "We have surely lost our way
68:27  "Indeed we are shut out (of the fruits of our labour)!"
68:28  Said one of them, more just (than the rest): "Did I not say to you, 'Why not glorify (Allah)?'"
68:29  They said: "Glory to our Lord! Verily we have been doing wrong!"
68:30  Then they turned, one against another, in reproach
68:31  They said: "Alas for us! We have indeed transgressed
68:32  "It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better (garden) than this: for we do turn to Him (in repentance)!"
68:33  Such is the Punishment (in this life); but greater is the Punishment in the Hereafter,- if only they knew
68:34  Verily, for the Righteous, are Gardens of Delight, in the Presence of their Lord
68:35  Shall We then treat the People of Faith like the People of Sin
68:36  What is the matter with you? How judge ye
68:37  Or have ye a book through which ye learn
68:38  That ye shall have, through it whatever ye choose
68:39  Or have ye Covenants with Us to oath, reaching to the Day of Judgment, (providing) that ye shall have whatever ye shall demand
68:40  Ask thou of them, which of them will stand surety for that
68:41  Or have they some "Partners" (in Allahhead)? Then let them produce their "partners", if they are truthful
68:42  The Day that the shin shall be laid bare, and they shall be summoned to bow in adoration, but they shall not be able,
68:43  Their eyes will be cast down,- ignominy will cover them; seeing that they had been summoned aforetime to bow in adoration, while they were whole, (and had refused)
68:44  Then leave Me alone with such as reject this Message: by degrees shall We punish them from directions they perceive not
68:45  A (long) respite will I grant them: truly powerful is My Plan
68:46  Or is it that thou dost ask them for a reward, so that they are burdened with a load of debt?
68:47  Or that the Unseen is in their hands, so that they can write it down
68:48  So wait with patience for the Command of thy Lord, and be not like the Companion of the Fish,- when he cried out in agony
68:49  Had not Grace from his Lord reached him, he would indeed have been cast off on the naked shore, in disgrace
68:50  Thus did his Lord choose him and make him of the Company of the Righteous
68:51  And the Unbelievers would almost trip thee up with their eyes when they hear the Message; and they say: "Surely he is possessed!"
68:52  But it is nothing less than a Message to all the worlds