AL QALAM (THE PEN)
(Revealed at Mecca - contains 52 verses - 2 sections)
Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
[Qalam 68:1] Nuun* - by oath of the pen and by oath of what is written by it. (Alphabet of the Arabic language; Allah and to whomever He reveals, know their precise meanings.)
[Qalam 68:2] You are not insane, by the munificence of your Lord.
[Qalam 68:3] And indeed for you is an unlimited reward.
[Qalam 68:4] And indeed you possess an exemplary character.
[Qalam 68:5] So very soon, you will see and they too will realise -
[Qalam 68:6] - That who among you was insane.
[Qalam 68:7] Indeed your Lord well knows those who have strayed from His path, and He well knows those who are upon guidance.
[Qalam 68:8] Therefore do not listen to the deniers.
[Qalam 68:9] They wish that in some way you may yield, so they too might soften their stand.
[Qalam 68:10] Nor ever listen to any excessive oath maker, ignoble person.
[Qalam 68:11] The excessively insulting one, spreader of spite.
[Qalam 68:12] One who excessively forbids the good, transgressor, sinner.
[Qalam 68:13] Foul mouthed, and in addition to all this, of improper lineage.
[Qalam 68:14] Because he* has some wealth and sons. ( * Walid bin Mugaira, who cursed the Holy Prophet.)
[Qalam 68:15] When Our verses are recited to him, he says, “These are stories of earlier people.”
[Qalam 68:16] We will soon singe his pig-nose.
[Qalam 68:17] We have indeed tested them the way We had tested the owners of the garden when they swore that they would reap its harvest the next morning.
[Qalam 68:18] And they did not say, “If Allah wills”.
[Qalam 68:19] So an envoy from your Lord completed his round upon the garden, whilst they were sleeping.
[Qalam 68:20] So in the morning it became as if harvested.
[Qalam 68:21] They then called out to each other at daybreak.
[Qalam 68:22] That, “Go to your fields at early morn, if you want to harvest.”
[Qalam 68:23] So they went off, while whispering to one another.
[Qalam 68:24] “Make sure that no needy person enters your garden this day.”
[Qalam 68:25] And they left at early morn, assuming they were in control of their purpose.
[Qalam 68:26] Then when they saw it, they said, “We have indeed strayed.”
[Qalam 68:27] “In fact, we are unfortunate.”
[Qalam 68:28] The best among them said, “Did I not tell you, ‘Why do you not proclaim His purity?’ ”
[Qalam 68:29] They said, “Purity is to our Lord – we have indeed been unjust.”
[Qalam 68:30] So they came towards each other, blaming.
[Qalam 68:31] They said, “Woe to us - we were indeed rebellious.”
[Qalam 68:32] “Hopefully, our Lord will give us a better replacement than this - we now incline towards our Lord.”
[Qalam 68:33] Such is the punishment; and indeed the punishment of the Hereafter is the greatest, if only they knew!
[Qalam 68:34] Indeed for the pious, with their Lord, are Gardens of Serenity.
[Qalam 68:35] Shall We equate the Muslims to the guilty?
[Qalam 68:36] What is the matter with you? What sort of a judgement you impose!
[Qalam 68:37] Is there a Book for you, from which you read?
[Qalam 68:38] - That for you in it is whatever you like?
[Qalam 68:39] Or is it that you have a covenant from Us, right up to the Day of Judgement, that you will get all what you claim?
[Qalam 68:40] Ask them, who among them is a guarantor for it?
[Qalam 68:41] Or is it that they have partners in worship? So they should bring their appointed partners, if they are truthful.
[Qalam 68:42] On the day when the Shin will be exposed and they will be called to prostrate themselves, they will be unable.
[Qalam 68:43] With lowered eyes, disgrace overcoming them; and indeed they used to be called to prostrate themselves whilst they were healthy.
[Qalam 68:44] Therefore leave the one who denies this matter, to Me; We shall soon steadily take them away, from a place they do not know.
[Qalam 68:45] And I will give them respite; indeed My plan is very solid.
[Qalam 68:46] Or is it that you (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) ask any fee from them, so they are burdened with the penalty?
[Qalam 68:47] Or that they possess the hidden, so they are writing it?
[Qalam 68:48] Therefore wait for your Lord’s command, and do not be like the one of the fish; who cried out when he was distraught. (Prophet Yunus - peace be upon him.)
[Qalam 68:49] Were it not for his Lord’s favour that reached him, he would have surely been cast onto the desolate land, reproached.
[Qalam 68:50] His Lord therefore chose him and made him among those deserving His proximity.
[Qalam 68:51] And indeed the disbelievers seem as if they would topple you with their evil gaze when they hear the Qur’an, and they say, “He is indeed insane.”
[Qalam 68:52] Whereas it is not but an advice to the entire creation!
END OF SURAH