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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by The Study Quran
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The Study Quran rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nūn. By the pen and that which they inscribe,
68:2 thou art not, by the blessing of thy Lord, possessed.
68:3 Truly thine shall be a reward unceasing.
68:4 And truly thou art of an exalted character.
68:5 So thou wilt see and they will see
68:6 which of you is afflicted.
68:7 Truly thy Lord knows best those who stray from His way, and He knows best those who are rightly guided;
68:8 so obey not the deniers.
68:9 They wish that thou might compromise and that they might compromise.
68:10 So obey not any vile oath-monger—
68:11 slanderer spreading calumny,
68:12 hinderer of good, a transgressing sinner,
68:13 churlish, surly, and ignoble withal—
68:14 simply because he possesses wealth and children.
68:15 When Our signs are recited unto him he says, “Fables of those of old.”
68:16 We shall brand him on the snout.
68:17 Truly We tried them, just as We tried the owners of the garden who vowed that they would harvest its fruit in the morning.
68:18 And they made no exception.
68:19 Whereupon a visitation from your Lord came upon it while they slept,
68:20 such that it became like a garden plucked.
68:21 Then they called to one another in the morning,
68:22 “Go early to your tillage if you would harvest.”
68:23 So they set forth while whispering to one another,
68:24 “Surely no indigent shall come to you therein today.”
68:25 And they set out early, strong in their purpose.
68:26 Then when they saw it, they said, “Surely, we are astray!
68:27 Nay! we are deprived!”
68:28 The most moderate of them said, “Did I not say to you, why do you not glorify?”
68:29 They said, “Glory be to our Lord! Truly we were wrongdoers.”
68:30 Then they turned to one another, reproaching each other,
68:31 saying, “Oh, woe unto us! Truly we were rebellious.
68:32 Perhaps our Lord will give us something better in its stead. Truly we beseech our Lord.”
68:33 Such is the punishment; yet the punishment of the Hereafter is surely greater, if they but knew.
68:34 Truly for the reverent there shall be Gardens of bliss in the presence of their Lord.
68:35 Are We then to treat the submitters like the guilty?
68:36 What ails you? How do you judge?
68:37 Or do you have a book wherein you learn
68:38 that you shall have therein whatsoever you choose?
68:39 Or do you have oaths binding upon Us until the Day of Resurrection that you shall have whatever you ordain?
68:40 Ask them which of them shall vouch for that.
68:41 Or do they have partners? Then let them bring their partners if they are truthful.
68:42 On the Day when the shank is laid bare and they are called to prostrate, yet are not able,
68:43 their eyes humbled, abasement shall overcome them; for they had indeed been called to prostrate while they were yet sound.
68:44 So leave Me with those who deny this discourse. We shall lead them on little by little, whence they know not.
68:45 And I shall grant them respite; truly My scheme is firm.
68:46 Or dost thou ask a reward of them, such that they are burdened with debt?
68:47 Or do they possess the Unseen, such that they write it down?
68:48 So be patient with thy Lord’s Judgment and be not like the companion of the fish, who cried out while choking with anguish.
68:49 Had not the blessing from his Lord reached him, he would surely have been cast upon the barren shore still blameworthy.
68:50 But his Lord chose him and made him among the righteous.
68:51 Indeed, those who disbelieve would well-nigh smite thee down with their glances when they hear the Reminder, saying, “Surely, he is possessed.”
68:52 Yet it is naught but a reminder for the worlds.


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