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68:1  Nun By the pen, and all that they write
68:2  By the grace of your Lord, you are not a mad man
68:3  Most surely, you will have a never ending reward
68:4  For you are truly of a sublime character
68:5  Soon you will see, as will they
68:6  which of you is a prey to madness
68:7  Your Lord knows best who has fallen by the wayside, and who has remained on the true path
68:8  Do not give in to the deniers of truth
68:9  They want you to make concessions to them and then they will reciprocate
68:10  Do not yield to any contemptible swearer of oaths
68:11  or to any defamer or one who spreads slander
68:12  or to one who places obstacles in the way of good being done or to the wicked transgressor
68:13  who is ignoble and besides all that, baseborn
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  Soon We will brand him on the nose
68:17  We have tried them as we tried the owners of a certain orchard, who vowed to harvest all its fruits the next morning
68:18  without saying, If it be God's will
68:19  A calamity from your Lord befell the orchard as they slept
68:20  And by morning it lay as if it had already been harvested, a barren land
68:21  So they called out to each other at the break of dawn
68:22  saying, Be quick to reach your orchard, if you want to gather all your fruits
68:23  So they went off, whispering to one another
68:24  Be sure to stop any poor person from entering the orchard today
68:25  They set out early in the morning, thinking they had the power to prevent
68:26  But when they saw it, they said, We must have lost our way
68:27  Indeed, we are utterly ruined
68:28  The more upright of the two said, Did I not bid you to glorify God
68:29  They said, Glory be to God, our Lord. We have surely done wrong
68:30  Then they began to heap reproaches on each other
68:31  They said, Alas for us, our behaviour was beyond the pale
68:32  May be our Lord will give us a better orchard in its stead; we turn to Him
68:33  Such was their punishment, [in this life]. But the punishment of the life to come is much more severe, if only they knew it
68:34  Those who are mindful of their Lord will be rewarded with gardens of bliss
68:35  Should We treat the true believers and the wrongdoers alike
68:36  What ails you? How ill you judge
68:37  Have you a Scripture that tells yo
68:38  that you will be granted whatever you choose
68:39  Or do you have Our solemn oaths, binding upon Us till the Day of Resurrection, that you shall have whatever you yourselves decide
68:40  Ask them, which of them will vouch for that
68:41  Or have they other partners [besides God]? Let them bring forth their other partners, if what they say be true
68:42  On the Day when the truth shall be laid bare, they will be called upon to prostrate themselves, but they will not be able to do so
68:43  Their eyes will be cast down and they will be covered in shame; they were bidden to prostrate themselves, when they were safe and sound [but they did not obey]
68:44  So leave to Me those who reject this message. We shall lead them step by step to their ruin, in ways beyond their ken
68:45  I shall grant them some respite, for My plan is powerful
68:46  Do you demand some recompense from them that would weigh them down with debt
68:47  Is the unseen within their grasp so that they write it down
68:48  Wait patiently for your Lords judgement; do not be like the man who, having been swallowed by a whale, called out in distress
68:49  Had his Lords grace not been bestowed upon him, he would have been cast away in disgrace upon that desolate shore
68:50  But his Lord chose him for His own and made him one of the righteous
68:51  When those who deny the truth hear the admonition, they would almost cause you to stumble with their evil eyes; and they say, He is certainly mad
68:52  Yet it is purely an admonition to mankind