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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Mustafa Khattab 2018
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The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nũn. By the pen and what everyone writes!
68:2 By the grace of your Lord, you ˹O Prophet˺ are not insane.
68:3 You will certainly have a never-ending reward.
68:4 And you are truly ˹a man˺ of outstanding character.
68:5 Soon you and the pagans will see,
68:6 which of you is mad.
68:7 Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is ˹rightly˺ guided.
68:8 So do not give in to the deniers.
68:9 They wish you would compromise so they would yield ˹to you˺.
68:10 And do not obey the despicable, vain oath-taker,
68:11 slanderer, gossip-monger,
68:12 withholder of good, transgressor, evildoer,
68:13 brute, and—on top of all that—an illegitimate child.
68:14 Now, ˹simply˺ because he has been blessed with ˹abundant˺ wealth and children,
68:15 whenever Our revelations are recited to him, he says, “Ancient fables!”
68:16 We will soon mark his snout.
68:17 Indeed, We have tested those ˹Meccans˺ as We tested the owners of the garden—when they swore they would surely harvest ˹all˺ its fruit in the early morning,
68:18 leaving no thought for Allah’s Will.
68:19 Then it was struck by a torment from your Lord while they slept,
68:20 so it was reduced to ashes.
68:21 Then by daybreak they called out to each other,
68:22 ˹saying,˺ “Go early to your harvest, if you want to pick ˹all˺ the fruit.”
68:23 So they went off, whispering to one another,
68:24 “Do not let any poor person enter your garden today.”
68:25 And they proceeded early, totally fixated on their purpose.
68:26 But when they saw it ˹devastated˺, they cried, “We must have lost ˹our˺ way!
68:27 In fact, we have been deprived ˹of our livelihood˺.”
68:28 The most sensible of them said, “Did I not urge you to say, ‘Allah willing.’?”
68:29 They replied, “Glory be to our Lord! We have truly been wrongdoers.”
68:30 Then they turned on each other, throwing blame.
68:31 They said, “Woe to us! We have certainly been transgressors.
68:32 We trust our Lord will give us a better garden than this, ˹for˺ we are indeed turning to our Lord with hope.”
68:33 That is the ˹way of Our˺ punishment ˹in this world˺. But the punishment of the Hereafter is certainly far worse, if only they knew.
68:34 Indeed, the righteous will have the Gardens of Bliss with their Lord.
68:35 Should We then treat those who have submitted like the wicked?
68:36 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
68:37 Or do you have a scripture, in which you read
68:38 that you will have whatever you choose?
68:39 Or do you have oaths binding on Us until the Day of Judgment that you will have whatever you decide?
68:40 Ask them ˹O Prophet˺ which of them can guarantee all that.
68:41 Or do they have associate-gods ˹supporting this claim˺? Then let them bring forth their associate-gods, if what they say is true.
68:42 ˹Beware of˺ the Day the Shin ˹of Allah˺ will be bared, and the wicked will be asked to prostrate, but they will not be able to do so,
68:43 with eyes downcast, totally covered with disgrace. For they were ˹always˺ called to prostrate ˹in the world˺ when they were fully capable ˹but they chose not to˺.
68:44 So leave to Me ˹O Prophet˺ those who reject this message. We will gradually draw them to destruction in ways they cannot comprehend.
68:45 I ˹only˺ delay their end for a while, but My planning is flawless.
68:46 Or are you asking them for a reward ˹for the message˺ so that they are overburdened by debt?
68:47 Or do they have access to ˹the Record in˺ the unseen, so they copy it ˹for all to see˺?
68:48 So be patient with your Lord’s decree, and do not be like ˹Jonah,˺ the Man of the Whale, who cried out ˹to Allah˺, in total distress.
68:49 Had he not been shown grace by his Lord, he would have certainly been cast onto the open ˹shore˺, still blameworthy.
68:50 Then his Lord chose him, making him one of the righteous.
68:51 The disbelievers would almost cut you down with their eyes when they hear ˹you recite˺ the Reminder, and say, “He is certainly a madman.”
68:52 But it is simply a reminder to the whole world.


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