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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by M. Farook Malik
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Farook Malik rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nun. By the pen and what they write.
68:2 By the grace of your Lord you are not a madman,
68:3 and you shall have a never ending reward.
68:4 You are of the highest noble character.
68:5 Soon you will see - as they will see
68:6 - which of you is afflicted with madness.
68:7 Surely it is your Lord Who knows those who have strayed from His Way, as He knows best those who are rightly guided.
68:8 So do not yield to the unbelievers.
68:9 They desire you to compromise a little, so they too would compromise.
68:10 Neither yield to any mean oath-monger,
68:11 mischief making slanderer,
68:12 opponent of good, transgressor,
68:13 wicked oppressor, and above all, ignoble by birth,
68:14 though he be possessing wealth and children.
68:15 When Our revelations are recited to him , he says: "They are nothing but the tales of the ancients."
68:16 Soon We shall brand him on the snout.
68:17 Surely We shall try them as We tried the owners of the garden when they swore that they would pluck its fruit the next morning,
68:18 without adding any reservation ( such as God willing).
68:19 So a calamity from your Lord came down upon it while they slept,
68:20 and by the morning it lay as if it had been already harvested.
68:21 At daybreak they called out to one another,
68:22 saying: "Go out early to your crop, if you want to pick its fruit."
68:23 So they went, whispering to one another:
68:24 Let no needy person enter upon you in the garden today.
68:25 Thus they went out, fixed in their stingy resolve (not to give any fruit to the poor people, as if they had the full control over harvesting the fruit).
68:26 But when they saw the garden, they cried: "Surely we must have lost our way!
68:27 Nay, we have become destitute."
68:28 The most upright among them said: "Did I not tell you to glorify Allah? Why did you not glorify Him?"
68:29 Then they said: "Glory be to our Lord! Surely we were unjust,"
68:30 and they started blaming one another.
68:31 Finally they said: "Woe to us! Surely we had become rebellious.
68:32 It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better garden than this: surely to our Lord do we make our humble petition."
68:33 Such is the punishment in this life; but the punishment in the Hereafter is even greater, if they but knew it.
68:34 Surely the righteous will be rewarded with gardens of delight by their Lord.
68:35 What do the disbelievers think? Shall We treat the Muslims as We treat the guilty?
68:36 What is the matter with you? What kind of Judgment do you make?
68:37 Or do you have a Book in which you read,
68:38 that you shall be given whatever you choose?
68:39 Or do you have a sworn covenant - a covenant binding on Us till the Day of Resurrection - that you shall have whatever you demand?
68:40 Ask if any of them will vouch for that.
68:41 Or do they have other gods who could help them against Allah? If so, let them produce their other gods if they are truthful.
68:42 On the Day of Judgment, when the dreadful events shall be unfolded, and they shall be asked to prostrate themselves, they shall not be able to do so.
68:43 They shall stand with eyes downcast, utterly humbled; because during their safe and sound earthly life they were called upon to prostrate themselves but they refused to do so.
68:44 O Prophet, leave to Me those who reject this revelation. We shall lead them step by step to their ruin, in ways that they cannot perceive.
68:45 I shall even put up with them for a while; for My plan is fool proof.
68:46 Or have you, O Prophet, demanded a compensation from them, that they are overburdened with debt?
68:47 Or do they have the knowledge of the unseen and they are writing it down?
68:48 So wait with patience for the Judgment of your Lord and be not like the man of the fish (reference is to the Prophet Jonah who was swallowed by a whale), who cried when he was in distress
68:49 Had his Lord not bestowed on him His grace, he would certainly have been cast off on the naked shore, while he was condemned.
68:50 But his Lord choose him and included him among the righteous.
68:51 The unbelievers would almost trip you up with their eyes when they hear Our revelations (The Qur’an), and say: "He (Muhammad) is surely crazy."
68:52 This (The Qur’an) is nothing but a Reminder to all the people of the world.


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