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Dr. Munir Munshey

al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Dr. Munir Munshey
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Dr. Munir Munshey rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nun! (Allah swears by) the pen and whatever they, (the angels), write.
68:2 (Oh prophet), you are not, by the grace of your Lord, a mad man.
68:3 In fact, you certainly have a perpetual and ever lasting reward (with your Lord)!
68:4 Indeed, you certainly bear the highest moral character.
68:5 Soon you will see, and so shall they,
68:6 Who is deranged _ (you or they)?
68:7 Indeed, your Lord knows well who has strayed from His path; and He (also) knows those who are the rightly guided.
68:8 Do not yield to those who have denied the truth!
68:9 They would love it if you make concessions (and compromise the truth somewhat). They too, would then give in (some).
68:10 And do not obey the contemptible oath-monger,
68:11 The abusive mudslinger, who throws insults around (all the time),
68:12 The one who prohibits the good, trespasses and defiantly indulges in sinful acts.
68:13 Ignoble and greedy, in short, despised!
68:14 (He acts that way), because he is wealthy and has (many) children.
68:15 When Our verses are recited to him, he remarks, "(Legends)! Tales of the earlier folks!"
68:16 Very soon, We will (burn and) brand his snout.
68:17 Indeed, We have put them through a test, just as We tested the owners of an orchard. They swore to pick its fruit the next morning.
68:18 They allowed no exception, (They did not say, "If Allah pleases").
68:19 So, while they slept, a calamity from their Lord visited that orchard (and destroyed it completely).
68:20 By the morning, it looked bare, as if it had already been picked clean.
68:21 At daybreak they called each other.
68:22 "Proceed to your field early in the morning, if you want to pick the fruit (today)."
68:23 So they departed, muttering to each other,
68:24 "Today, do not let the poor and the needy enter the orchard and pester you (for alms)."
68:25 With that resolve, and certain (in their minds) that they had the means (to harvest), they left in the morning.
68:26 When they saw their orchard, they (failed to recognize it, and) cried out, "We have surely lost our way."
68:27 "No! Rather, we have been deprived!"
68:28 The moderate one among them said, "Did I not tell you? Why did you not chant (your Lord´s) praises?"
68:29 They said, "Exalted is our Lord. In fact, we were the wrongdoers!"
68:30 Then they turned around, and began blaming each other.
68:31 They said, "Indeed, we had certainly acted arrogantly."
68:32 "Hopefully, our Lord will grant us something better in its place. Of course, we do turn to our Lord for forgiveness."
68:33 Such is the punishment (in this life), but the torment of the afterlife is far greater, if they only knew!
68:34 For the righteous, there exist with their Lord the blessings filled gardens.
68:35 Are We to treat the obedient ones the same as the criminals?
68:36 What is wrong with you? How do you draw your conclusions?
68:37 Or did you learn it from your scriptures?
68:38 That you shall have whatever you prefer?
68:39 Or, do you hold a binding contract over Us till the day of Resurrection, (guaranteeing) that whatever you order shall be yours?
68:40 Ask them. Who amongst them can claim that?
68:41 Or, do they have (other gods as Allah´s) partners (offering them such a guarantee)? Let them produce these partners if they are truthful.
68:42 They would be asked to prostrate (before Allah) on that day when the reality is laid bare. But (that day), they shall find themselves unable (to prostrate).
68:43 Downcast would be their eyes (in shame); disgrace shall overwhelm them. They were asked to prostrate in this life, when they were sound and solid.
68:44 So let Me handle (all) those who reject this Qur´an. Gradually, We would lead them (into Hell), by means they would seldom perceive.
68:45 I will let them have a little respite. My scheme is a cinch _ (airtight and foolproof).
68:46 Or, do you ask them for a fee (or a reward)? Are they laboring under the burden (of such a demand)?
68:47 Or, do they have the knowledge of the unseen so they may write (their own fate)?
68:48 So, wait patiently for your Lord´s decree. Do not act like the man of the fish, (the prophet Jonah), when he called (his Lord), choked with grief.
68:49 (In the fish he would still be), had the mercy of your Lord not reached him. He was tossed on the bare (and barren) beach _ censured (and chastised).
68:50 Eventually, his Lord chose him and placed him among the righteous ones.
68:51 The unbelievers look at you with aversion (and animosity), and they almost trip you up with their eyes. They hear this reminder, the Qur´an, and say, "He is really a man possessed."
68:52 Although it is (nothing but) a reminder for the whole world.


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