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al-Qalam (The Pen)
as rendered by Shakir
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Shakir rendition of Surah The Pen(al-Qalam)
68:1 Noon. I swear by the pen and what the angels write,
68:2 By the grace of your Lord you are not mad.
68:3 And most surely you shall have a reward never to be cut off.
68:4 And most surely you conform (yourself) to sublime morality.
68:5 So you shall see, and they (too) shall see,
68:6 Which of you is afflicted with madness.
68:7 Surely your Lord best knows him who errs from His way, and He best knows the followers of the right course.
68:8 So do not yield to the rejecters.
68:9 They wish that you should be pliant so they (too) would be pliant.
68:10 And yield not to any mean swearer
68:11 Defamer, going about with slander
68:12 Forbidder of good, outstepping the limits, sinful,
68:13 Ignoble, besides all that, base-born;
68:14 Because he possesses wealth and sons.
68:15 When Our communications are recited to him, he says: Stories of those of yore.
68:16 We will brand him on the nose.
68:17 Surely We will try them as We tried the owners of the garden, when they swore that they would certainly cut off the produce in the morning,
68:18 And were not willing to set aside a portion (for the poor).
68:19 Then there encompassed it a visitation from your Lord while they were sleeping.
68:20 So it became as black, barren land.
68:21 And they called out to each other in the morning,
68:22 Saying: Go early to your tilth if you would cut (the produce).
68:23 So they went, while they consulted together secretly,
68:24 Saying: No poor man shall enter it today upon you.
68:25 And in the morning they went, having the power to prevent.
68:26 But when they saw it, they said: Most surely we have gone astray
68:27 Nay! we are made to suffer privation.
68:28 The best of them said: Did I not say to you, Why do you not glorify (Allah)?
68:29 They said: Glory be to our Lord, surely we were unjust.
68:30 Then some of them advanced against others, blaming each other.
68:31 Said they: O woe to us! surely we were inordinate:
68:32 Maybe, our Lord will give us instead one better than it; surely to our Lord do we make our humble petition.
68:33 Such is the chastisement, and certainly the chastisement of the hereafter is greater, did they but know!
68:34 Surely those who guard (against evil) shall have with their Lord gardens of bliss.
68:35 What! shall We then make (that is, treat) those who submit as the guilty?
68:36 What has happened to you? How do you judge?
68:37 Or have you a book wherein you read,
68:38 That you have surely therein what you choose?
68:39 Or have you received from Us an agreement confirmed by an oath extending to the day of resurrection that you shall surely have what you demand?
68:40 Ask them which of them will vouch for that,
68:41 Or have they associates if they are truthful.
68:42 On the day when there shall be a severe affliction, and they shall be called upon to make obeisance, but they shall not be able,
68:43 Their looks cast down, abasement shall overtake them; and they were called upon to make obeisance indeed while yet they were safe.
68:44 So leave Me and him who rejects this announcement; We will overtake them by degrees, from whence they perceive not:
68:45 And I do bear with them, surely My plan is firm.
68:46 Or do you ask from them a reward, so that they are burdened with debt?
68:47 Or have they (the knowledge of) the unseen, so that they write (it) down?
68:48 So wait patiently for the judgment of your Lord, and be not like the companion of the fish, when he cried while he was in distress.
68:49 Were it not that favor from his Lord had overtaken him, he would certainly have been cast down upon the naked Found while he was blamed.
68:50 Then his Lord chose him, and He made him of the good.
68:51 And those who disbelieve would almost smite you with their eyes when they hear the reminder, and they say: Most surely he is mad.
68:52 And it is naught but a reminder to the nations.


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