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68:1  Noon. By the pen, and by what they inscribe
68:2  By the grace of your Lord, you are not insane
68:3  In fact, you will have a reward that will never end
68:4  And you are of a great moral character
68:5  You will see, and they will see
68:6  Which of you is the afflicted
68:7  Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best the well-guided
68:8  So do not obey the deniers
68:9  They would like you to compromise, so they would compromise
68:10  And do not obey any vile swearer
68:11  Backbiter, spreader of slander
68:12  Preventer of good, transgressor, sinner
68:13  Rude and fake besides
68:14  Just because he has money and children
68:15  When Our Verses are recited to him, he says, 'Myths of the ancients!'
68:16  We will brand him on the muzzle
68:17  We tested them, as We tested the owners of the garden, when they vowed to harvest it in the morning
68:18  Without any reservation
68:19  But a calamity from your Lord went around it while they slept
68:20  And in the morning it was as if picked
68:21  In the morning, they called to one another
68:22  'Go early to your plantation, if you are going to harvest.'
68:23  So off they went, murmuring to one another
68:24  'No poor person is to enter it upon you today.'
68:25  And early they went, resolved in intent
68:26  But when they saw it, they said, 'We were wrong
68:27  We are now deprived.'
68:28  The most reasonable of them said, 'Did I not say to you, 'if only you would glorify?''
68:29  They said, 'Glory to our Lord—We were indeed in the wrong.'
68:30  Then they turned to one another, blaming one another
68:31  They said, 'Woe to us—we were indeed domineering
68:32  Perhaps our Lord will give us a better substitute for it. We are turning to our Lord.'
68:33  Such is the punishment; but the punishment of the Hereafter is greater, if they only knew
68:34  For the righteous are Gardens of Delight with their Lord
68:35  Shall We treat the Muslims like the villains
68:36  What is the matter with you? How do you judge
68:37  Or do you have a scripture in which you study
68:38  Wherein there is whatever you choose
68:39  Or do you have oaths from Us, binding until the Day of Resurrection, that you will have whatever you demand
68:40  Ask them, which of them will guarantee that
68:41  Or do they have partners? Then let them produce their partners, if they are truthful
68:42  On the Day when the Shin will be exposed, and they will be called to bow down, but they will be unable
68:43  Their eyes subdued, shame will cover them. They were invited to bow down when they were sound
68:44  So leave Me to those who reject this discourse; We will proceed against them gradually, from where they do not know
68:45  And I will give them respite. My plan is firm
68:46  Or do you ask them for a fee, so they are burdened with debt
68:47  Or do they know the future, and so they write it down
68:48  So wait patiently for the Decision of your Lord, and do not be like the Fellow of the Fish who cried out in despair
68:49  Were it not for his Lord's favor that reached him, he would have been thrown into the wilderness, fully despised
68:50  But his Lord chose him, and made him one of the righteous
68:51  Those who disbelieve almost stab you with their glances when they hear the message, and say, 'He is crazy!'
68:52  But it is no less than a reminder to all the Worlds