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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall
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M. M. Pickthall rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Nun. By the pen and that which they write (therewith)
68:2 Thou art not, for thy Lord's favour unto thee, a madman
68:3 And lo! thine verily will be a reward unfailing
68:4 And lo! thou art of a tremendous nature
68:5 And thou wilt see and they will se
68:6 Which of you is the demented
68:7 Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who walk aright
68:8 Therefor obey not thou the rejecter
68:9 Who would have had thee compromise, that they may compromise
68:10 Neither obey thou each feeble oath-monger
68:11 Detracter, spreader abroad of slanders
68:12 Hinderer of the good, transgressor, malefacto
68:13 Greedy therewithal, intrusive
68:14 It is because he is possessed of wealth and childre
68:15 That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith: Mere fables of the men of old
68:16 We shall brand him on the nose
68:17 Lo! We have tried them as We tried the owners of the garden when they vowed that they would pluck its fruit next morning
68:18 And made no exception (for the Will of Allah)
68:19 Then a visitation from thy Lord came upon it while they slep
68:20 And in the morning it was as if plucked
68:21 And they cried out one unto another in the morning
68:22 Saying: Run unto your field if ye would pluck (the fruit)
68:23 So they went off, saying one unto another in low tones
68:24 No needy man shall enter it to-day against you
68:25 They went betimes, strong in (this) purpose
68:26 But when they saw it, they said: Lo! we are in error
68:27 Nay, but we are desolate
68:28 The best among them said: Said I not unto you: Why glorify ye not (Allah)
68:29 They said: Glorified be our Lord! Lo! we have been wrong-doers
68:30 Then some of them drew near unto others, self-reproaching
68:31 They said: Alas for us! In truth we were outrageous
68:32 It may be that our Lord will give us better than this in place thereof. Lo! we beseech our Lord
68:33 Such was the punishment. And verily the punishment of the Hereafter is greater if they did but know
68:34 Lo! for those who keep from evil are gardens of bliss with their Lord
68:35 Shall We then treat those who have surrendered as We treat the guilty
68:36 What aileth you? How foolishly ye judge
68:37 Or have ye a scripture wherein ye lear
68:38 That ye shall indeed have all that ye choose
68:39 Or have ye a covenant on oath from Us that reacheth to the Day of Judgment, that yours shall be all that ye ordain
68:40 Ask them (O Muhammad) which of them will vouch for that
68:41 Or have they other gods? Then let them bring their other gods if they are truthfu
68:42 On the day when it befalleth in earnest, and they are ordered to prostrate themselves but are not able
68:43 With eyes downcast, abasement stupefying them. And they had been summoned to prostrate themselves while they were yet unhurt
68:44 Leave Me (to deal) with those who give the lie to this pronouncement. We shall lead them on by steps from whence they know not
68:45 Yet I bear with them, for lo! My scheme is firm
68:46 Or dost thou (Muhammad) ask a fee from them so that they are heavily taxed
68:47 Or is the Unseen theirs that they can write (thereof)
68:48 But wait thou for thy Lord's decree, and be not like him of the fish, who cried out in despair
68:49 Had it not been that favour from his Lord had reached him he surely had been cast into the wilderness while he was reprobate
68:50 But his Lord chose him and placed him among the righteous
68:51 And lo! those who disbelieve would fain disconcert thee with their eyes when they hear the Reminder, and they say: Lo! he is indeed mad
68:52 When it is naught else than a Reminder to creation


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