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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Noon. Consider the pen and whatever is written.
68:2 You [Prophet Muhammed] are not, by the grace of your Lord, crazy.
68:3 Truly for you is an unfailing reward.
68:4 Truly, you are of a high, moral character.
68:5 You will see, and they will see…
68:6 …which of you is afflicted.
68:7 Truly, your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path. He knows best those who receive guidance.
68:8 Don’t pay attention to those who deny.
68:9 Their want is that you would be easily swayed, so they could compromise.
68:10 Do not pay attention to the awful person who has a habit of [false] promises.
68:11 [He/she is] a liar, spreading gossip.
68:12 [He/she is always] hindering good, pushing the limits, sinful.
68:13 [He/she is] cruel and, in addition, callous.
68:14 [This is] because he/she has money and children.
68:15 When he/she hears Our signs, he/she shouts, “Tales of old!”
68:16 We will soon brand on the snout!
68:17 Truly, We have tested them as We tested the people of the garden when they planned to gather the morning harvest.
68:18 They did not make an allowance [by saying, “God willing”].
68:19 On (the garden) came a visit from your Lord while they were asleep.
68:20 It became barren.
68:21 When morning came, they called to one another.
68:22 “Go early to your garden if you would gather its fruits.”
68:23 They left, talking in whispers.
68:24 “No poor person should interrupt you in (the garden) this day.”
68:25 They began the morning with certain determination.
68:26 But when they saw (the garden), they said, “We are surely lost!
68:27 “No, we are deprived.”
68:28 One of the most righteous among them said, “Did I not say to you, ‘Why do you not give glory [to Allah]?’”
68:29 They said, “Glory to our Lord! Truly, we have done wrong.”
68:30 Then they turned to each other in rebuke.
68:31 They said, “O woe to us! We have indeed sinned.
68:32 It may be that our Lord will give us something better instead. Truly, we repent to Him.”
68:33 Such is the punishment, but even greater is the punishment of the hereafter. If they only knew!
68:34 Truly, for the righteous, are gardens of delight with their Lord.
68:35 Should We then treat the people of faith the same as the people of sin?
68:36 What is wrong with you? Why would you think that?
68:37 Or do you have a book from which you learn…
68:38 …so you may get from it what you want?
68:39 Or do you have promises from Us that are good to the Day of Resurrection? [Do they] indeed provide whatever you demand?
68:40 Ask them which of them will vouch for that.
68:41 Or do they have [divine] partners? Let them produce their partners if that’s the case.
68:42 On the day that the shin will be exposed, they [the unforgiven sinners] will be summoned to prostrate [before the Lord], but they will not be able to do so.
68:43 Their eyes will be downcast. Humiliation will overwhelm them [as they recall] that they were indeed summoned to prostrate when they were healthy.
68:44 Leave Me [the Lord] with those who reject this message. We will punish them by degrees from directions they cannot even imagine.
68:45 I grant them respite, and My plan is truly powerful.
68:46 [What is their excuse?:] Did you [Prophet] ask them for some kind of reward so that they are burdened with a load of debt?
68:47 Or is the unseen [Word] in their own hands, so that they can write it themselves?
68:48 Patiently wait for the judgment of your Lord, and do not be like [Jonah] the companion of the fish when he called in distress.
68:49 If it had not been for the arrival of the grace of his Lord, he would certainly have been cast onto the barren shore, disgraced.
68:50 His Lord chose him and made him among the righteous.
68:51 The unbelievers would like to knock you down with their stares when they hear the message. They say, “He must be crazy!”
68:52 This message, however, is nothing less than a message for all the worlds.


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