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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
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


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