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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nuun. By the pen and what they write,
68:2 You are not, by the grace of your Lord, insane or possessed.
68:3 No, indeed for you is a reward unfailing.
68:4 And you stand on an exalted standard of character.
68:5 Soon will you see, and they will see,
68:6 Which of you are afflicted with insanity.
68:7 Indeed it is your Lord Who knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best those who receive guidance.
68:8 So do not listen to those who reject it.
68:9 Their desire is that you would let up, so that they might regroup.
68:10 Do not compromise with this type of despicable person, ready with promises,
68:11 A slanderer going about with slander,
68:12 Hindering all good, transgressing beyond bounds, deep in sin,
68:13 Violent and cruel, with all that– useless.
68:14 Because he possesses wealth and sons.
68:15 When Our signs are rehearsed to him, “Tales of the ancients,” he says.
68:16 Soon We will brand them on the nose.
68:17 Indeed We have tried them as We tried the people of the farm-orchard, when they decided to gather the fruits in the morning,
68:18 But without making a contingency plan.
68:19 Then there came on them a visitation from your Lord, from all around while they slept.
68:20 So it became, by the morning, like a dark and desolate spot.
68:21 As the morning broke, they called out one to another,
68:22 “Go to your land in the morning, if you will gather the fruits.”
68:23 So they departed, conversing in secret low tones saying,
68:24 “Let not a single, indigent person break in upon you this day.”
68:25 And they started the morning strong in resolve,
68:26 But when they saw it they said, “We have surely lost our way,
68:27 “Indeed we are shut out.”
68:28 One of them more just than the others said, “Did I not say to you, ‘Why not praise God?’ ”
68:29 They said, “Glory to Our Lord, indeed we have done wrong.”
68:30 Then they turned one against another in blame.
68:31 They said, “Unfortunately for us, we have indeed transgressed.
68:32 “It may be that our Lord will give us something better than this in exchange, for we turn to Him.”
68:33 Such is this punishment, but greater is the punishment in the hereafter, if they only knew.
68:34 Indeed for the righteous are gardens of pleasure in the presence of their Lord.
68:35 Shall We then treat the people of faith like the people of sin?
68:36 What is the matter with you, how do you judge?
68:37 Or do you have a book through which you learn-
68:38 That you will have through it whatever you wish?
68:39 Or do you have covenants with Us reaching to the Day of Accountability, that you will have whatever you demand?
68:40 Ask them which of them will stand for that?
68:41 Or have they partners? Then let them produce their partners, if they are truthful.
68:42 The day that the leg will be laid bare, and they will be summoned to bow in adoration, though they will not be able.
68:43 Their eyes will be cast down, disgrace will cover them, seeing that they had been asked to bow in adoration while they were whole.
68:44 Then leave Me alone with those who reject this message. By degrees We will punish them from directions they do not perceive.
68:45 I will grant them respite. Truly powerful is My plan.
68:46 Or is it that you ask them for a reward, so that they are burdened with a load of debt?
68:47 Or that the unknown is in their hands, so that they can write it down?
68:48 So wait with patience for the command of your Lord, and do not be like the companion of the fish when he cried out in agony.
68:49 Had grace from his Lord not reached him he would indeed have been cast up on the naked shore in disgrace.
68:50 So his Lord chose him and made him of the company of the righteous.
68:51 And the unbelievers would nearly trip you up with their eyes when they hear the message and they say, “Surely he is possessed.”
68:52 But it is nothing less than a message for all the systems of knowledge.


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