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Sura LXVIII Qalam, Or The Pen, Or Nn In The Holy Quran

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The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 1. Nūn. By the Pen And by the (Record) Which (men) write,— 2. Thou art not, By the grace of thy Lord, Mad or possessed. 3. Nay, verily for thee Is a Reward unfailing: 4. And thou (standest) On an exalted standard Of character. 5. Soon wilt thou see, And they will see, 6. Which of you is Afflicted with madness. 7. Verily it is thy Lord That knoweth best, Which (among men) Hath strayed from His Path: And He knoweth best Those who receive (True) Guidance. 8. So hearken not To those who Deny (the Truth), 9. Their desire is that Thou shouldst be pliant: So would they be pliant. 10. Heed not the type Of despicable man,— Ready with oaths, 11. A slanderer, going about With calumnies, 12. (Habitually) hindering (all) good, Transgressing beyond bounds, Deep in sin, 13. Violent (and cruel),— With all that, base-born,— 14. Because he possesses Wealth and (numerous) sons. 15. When to him are rehearsed Our Signs, "Tales of the Ancients", He cries! 16. Soon shall We brand (The beast) on the snout! 17. Verily We have tried them As We tried the People Of the Garden, When they resolved to gather The fruits of the (garden) In the morning, 18. But made no reservation, ("If it be God's Will"). 19. Then there came On the (garden) A visitation from thy Lord, (Which swept away) all around, While they were asleep. 20. So the (garden) became, By the morning, like A dark and desolate spot, (Whose fruit had been gathered). 21. As the morning broke, They called out, One to another,— 22. "Go ye to your tilth (Betimes) in the morning, If ye would gather The fruits." 23. So they departed, conversing In secret low tones, (saying)— 24. "Let not a single indigent Person break in upon you Into the (garden) this day." 25. And they opened the morning, Strong in an (unjust) resolve. 26. But when they saw The (garden), they said: "We have surely lost our way: 27. "Indeed we are shut out (Of the fruits of our labour)!" 28. Said one of them, More just (than the rest): "Did I not say to you, "Why not glorify (God)?" 29. They said: "Glory To our Lord! Verily we Have been doing wrong!" 30. Then they turned, one Against another, in reproach. 31. They said: "Alas for us! We have indeed transgressed! 32. "It may be that our Lord Will give us in exchange A better (garden) than this: For we do turn to Him (In repentance)!" 33. Such is the Punishment (In this life); but greater Is the Punishment In the Hereafter,— If only they knew! 34. Verily, for the Righteous, Are Gardens of Delight, In the Presence Of their Lord. 35. Shall We then treat The People of Faith Like the People of Sin? 36. What is the matter With you? How judge ye? 37. Or have ye a Book Through which ye learn— 38. That ye shall have, Through it whatever Ye choose? 39. Or have ye Covenants With Us on oath, Reaching to the Day Of Judgment, (providing) That ye shall have Whatever ye shall demand? 40. Ask thou of them, Which of them will stand Surety for that! 41. Or have they some "Partners" (in Godhead)? Then let them produce Their "partners", If they are truthful! 42. The Day that the Shin Shall be laid bare, And they shall be summoned To bow in adoration, But they shall not be able,— 43. Their eyes will be Cast down,—ignominy will Cover them; seeing that They had been summoned Aforetime to bow in adoration, While they were whole, (And had refused). 44. Then leave Me alone With such as reject This Message: by degrees Shall We punish them From directions they perceive not. 45. A (long) respite will I Grant them: truly Powerful is My Plan. 46. Or is it that thou dost Ask them for a reward, So that they are burdened With a load of debt?— 47. Or that the Unseen Is in their hands, so that They can write it down? 48. So wait with patience For the Command Of thy Lord, and be not Like the Companion Of the Fish,—when he Cried out in agony. 49. Had not Grace From His Lord Reached him, he Would indeed have been Cast off on the naked Shore, in disgrace. 50. Thus did his Lord Choose him and make him Of the company Of the Righteous. 51. And the Unbelievers Would almost trip thee up With their eyes when they Hear the Message; and they Say: "Surely he is possessed!" 52. But it is nothing less Than a Message To all the worlds.

Table of Contents

Sra I. Ftia, Or The Opening Chapter
Sra Ii. Baqara, Or The Heifer
Sra Iii. L-I-Imrn, Or The Family Of Imrn
Sra Iv. Nisa, Or The Women
Sra V. Mda, Or The Table Spread.
Sra Vi. Anm, Or Cattle
Sra Vii. Arf, Or The Heights
Sra Viii. Anfl, Or The Spoils Of War
Sra Ix. Tauba (Repentance) Or Barat (Immunity)
Sra X. Ynus, Or Jonah
Sra Xi. Hd (The Prophet Hd)
Sra Xii. Ysuf, Or Joseph
Sra Xiii. Rad Or Thunder
Sra Xiv. Ibrhm, Or Abraham
Sra Xv. Al-Hijr. Or The Rocky Tract
Sra Xvi. Nal Or The Bee
Sra Xvii. Ban Isr-L, Or The Children Of Israel.
Sra Xviii. Kahf, Or The Cave
Sra Xix. Maryam, Or Mary.
Sra Xx. -H (Mystic Letters, . H.)
Sra Xxi. Anbiya, Or The Prophets
Sra Xxii. Ajj, Or The Pilgrimage
Sra Xxiii. M-Minn
Sra Xxiv. Nr, Or Light
Sra Xxv. Furqn, Or The Criterion
Sra Xxvi. Shuara, Or The Poets
Sra Xxvii. Naml, Or The Ants
Sra Xxviii. Qaa, Or The Narration
Sra Xxix. Ankabt, Or The Spider
Sra Xxx. Rm, Or The Roman Empire.
Sra Xxxi. Luqmn (The Wise).
Sra Xxxii. Sajda, Or Adoration
Sra Xxxiii. Azb, Or The Confederates.
Sra Xxxiv. Sab, Or The City Of Sab
Sra Xxxv. Fir, Or The Originator Of Creation; Or Malka, Or The Angels
Sra Xxxvi. Y-Sn (Being Abbreviated Letters).
Sra Xxxvii. Fft, Or Those Ranged In Ranks.
Sra Xxxviii. D (Being One Of The Abbreviated Letters)
Sra Xxxix.: Zumar, Or The Crowds.
Sra Xl. M-Min, Or The Believer
Sra Xli. H-Mm (Abbreviated Letters), Or -Mm Sajda, Or Fuilat
Sra Xlii. Shr, Or Consultation
Sra Xliii.: Zukhruf, Or Gold Adornments.
Sra Xliv.: Dukhn, Or Smoke (Or Mist).
Sra Xlv. Jathiya, Or Bowing The Knee.
Sra Xlvi.: Aqf, Or Winding Sand-Tracts.
Sra Xlvii. Muammad (The Prophet).
Sra Xlviii. Fat- Or Victory.
Sra Xlix. Ujurt, Or The Inner Apartments.
Sra L. Qf.
Sra Li. Zriyt, Or The Winds That Scatter.
Sra Lii. R, Or The Mount.
Sra Liii. Najm, Or The Star.
Sra Liv. Qamar, Or The Moon.
Sra Lv. Ramn, Or (God) Most Gracious.
Sra Lvi. Wqia, Or The Inevitable Event.
Sra Lvii. Add, Or Iron.
Sra Lviii. Mujdila, Or The Woman Who Pleads.
Sra Lix. Ashr, Or The Gathering
Sra Lx. Mumtaana, Or The Woman To Be Examined.
Sra Lxi. Aff, Or Battle Array.
Sra Lxii. Jumua, Or The Assembly (Friday) Prayer
Sra Lxiii. Munfiqn, Or The Hypocrites.
Sra Lxiv. Tagbun, Or Mutual Loss And Gain.
Sra Lxv. Alq, Or Divorce.
Sra Lxvi. Tarm, Or Holding (Something) To Be Forbidden.
Sra Lxvii. Mulk, Or Dominion.
Sra Lxviii. Qalam, Or The Pen, Or Nn
Sra Lxix. Qqa, Or The Sure Reality.
Sra Lxx. Marij, Or The Ways Of Ascent.
Sra Lxxi. N, Or Noah.
Sra Lxxii. Jinn, Or The Spirits.
Sra Lxxiii. Muzzammil, Or Folded In Garments.
Sra Lxxiv. Muddaththir, Or One Wrapped Up.
Sra Lxxv. Qiymat, Or The Resurrection.
Sra Lxxvi. Dahr, Or Time, Or Insn, Or Man.
Sra Lxxvii. Mursalt, Or Those Sent Forth
Sra Lxxviii. Nabaa, Or The (Great) News
Sra Lxxix. Nzit, Or Those Who Tear Out.
Sra Lxxx. Abasa. Or He Frowned.
Sra Lxxxi. Takwr, Or The Folding Up.
Sra Lxxxii. Infir, Or The Cleaving Asunder.
Sra Lxxxiii. Taff, Or Dealing In Fraud.
Sra Lxxxiv. Inshiqq, Or The Rending Asunder.
Sra Lxxxv. Burj, Or The Zodiacal Signs
Sra Lxxxvi. Riq, Or The Night-Visitant
Sra Lxxxvii. Al, Or The Most High.
Sra Lxxxviii. Gshiya, Or The Overwhelming Event.
Sra Lxxxix. Fajr, Or The Break Of Day.
Sra Xc. Balad, Or The City
Sra Xci. Shams, Or The Sun.
Sra Xcii. Lail, Or The Night.
Sra Xciii. Dhuh, Or The Glorious Morning Light.
Sra Xciv. Inshir, Or The Expansion.
Sra Xcv. Tn, Or The Fig
Sra Xcvi. Iqraa, Or Read! Or Proclaim! Or Alaq, Or The Clot Of Congealed Blood
Sra Xcvii. Qadr, Or The Night Of Power (Or Honour).
Sra Xcviii. Baiyina, Or The Clear Evidence.
Sra Xcix. Zilzl, Or The Convulsion.
Sra C. Adiyt, Or Those That Run.
Sra Ci. Al-Qria, Or The Day Of Noise And Clamour.
Sra Cii. Takathur Or Piling Up.
Sra Ciii. Ar, Or Time Through The Ages.
Sra Civ. Humaza, Or The Scandal-Monger.
Sra Cv. Fl, Or The Elephant.
Sra Cvi. The Quraish, (Custodians Of The Kaba).
Sra Cvii. Mn, Or Neighbourly Needs.
Sra Cviii. Kauthar, Or Abundance.
Sra Cix. Kfirn, Or Those Who Reject Faith.
Sra Cx. Nar, Or Help.
Sra Cxi. Lahab, Or (The Father Of) Flame.
Sra Cxii. Ikhl, Or Purity (Of Faith).
Sra Cxiii. Falaq, Or The Dawn.
Sra Cxiv. Ns, Or Mankind.

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1 Sahil Badruddin = "Recitation of Surah Qalam:"
2 Ahmed M = "People usually call anyone mad whose standards are different from their own. And madness is believed by superstitious people to be due to demoniacal possession."
3 Ahmed M = "Instead of being out of his right mind, the Prophet of Allah had been raised to a great spiritual dignity, a reward that was not like an earthly reward that passes away, but one that was in the very core of his being, and would never fail him in any circumstances. "
4 Ahmed M = "Though Al Mustafa's nature raised him above the petty spite of his contemporaries, an appeal is made to their reason and to the logic of events. Was it not his accusers that were really mad? What happened to Al Walid ibn Al Mughayrah, or Abu jahl, or Abu Lahab?-and to Allah's Messenger and those who followed his guidance? The world's history gives the answer. And the appeal is not only to his contemporaries, but for all time."