Quran in English - Translated by Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani
Chapters | Surahs
68. The Pen | al-Qalam

With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful.

[68:1] Nun , by the pen and what they write,
[68:2] with the grace of your Lord, you are not insane.
[68:3] And you will definitely have a reward that will never end.
[68:4] And you are surely on an excellent standard of character.
[68:5] So, you will see, and they will see
[68:6] which of you is demented.
[68:7] Surely your Lord knows best who has strayed from his way, and He is well aware of those who are on the right path.
[68:8] So, do not obey those who reject (the true faith.)
[68:9] They wish that you become flexible (in your faith), so that they should become flexible (in their hostile attitude.)
[68:10] And do not obey any contemptible one who swears much,
[68:11] a slanderer who goes about with calumnies,
[68:12] one who prevents good, (and who is) transgressor, sinful,
[68:13] harsh, (and) after all that, notorious,
[68:14] (do not obey such a person merely) because he is a man of wealth and sons.
[68:15] When Our verses are recited to him, he says, .(These are) the tales of the ancient..
[68:16] We will soon brand him on the snout.
[68:17] We have tested them as We had tested the Owners of the Garden, when they had sworn an oath that they would pluck its fruits on the next morning,
[68:18] and did not make any exception (by saying insha‘allah ).
[68:19] Then, there whirled around it a whirl (of calamity) from your Lord, while they were asleep.
[68:20] Thus, on the next morning, it was like a harvested field.
[68:21] So, they called out each other as the morning broke,
[68:22] saying, .Set out early, if you are going to pluck (the fruits)..
[68:23] So they set out while they were whispering to each other,
[68:24] saying, .Let no poor man enter into it upon you today..
[68:25] And in early hours they rushed quickly, while they were (assuming themselves) powerful (to pluck the fruits and prevent the poor.)
[68:26] But when they saw it (the place of the ruined garden), they said, .We have missed the way..
[68:27] (Then, once they realized that the garden is the same, but it has been destroyed, they said,) .No, but we are deprived (of the fruits)..
[68:28] Said he who was the best among them, .Did I not say to you, =Why do you not pronounce tasbiH (Allah‘s purity)?.
[68:29] They said, .We pronounce the purity of our Lord. No doubt, we were wrongdoers..
[68:30] Then, (at the beginning,) they started reproaching one another;
[68:31] (and at last,) they said, .Woe to us! In fact, we (all) were outrageous.
[68:32] We hope that our Lord will give us in exchange something better than this. Truly we turn to Allah..
[68:33] In this way the punishment comes. And, of course, the punishment of the Hereafter is even greater, if they but realize!
[68:34] Surely, for the God-fearing there are gardens of bliss.
[68:35] Otherwise, shall We make the obedient like the sinners?
[68:36] What has happened to you? How do you judge?
[68:37] Do you have a book in which you read
[68:38] that for you there is what you choose?
[68:39] Or do you have oaths sworn by Us, remaining effective up to the Day of Judgment, that you will get what you decide?
[68:40] Ask them which of them stands surety for that.
[68:41] Or do they have associate-gods (who have guaranteed safety for them)? Then, let them bring their associate-gods, if they are true.
[68:42] On the Day when the Shin will be exposed, and they will be called upon to prostrate themselves, they will not be able to.
[68:43] With their eyes downcast, they will be enveloped by ignominy. They used to be called upon to prostrate when they were healthy (but they did not.)
[68:44] So, leave Me alone with those who reject this discourse. We will draw them on little by little (towards Hell) from a way they do not know.
[68:45] And I give them respite. Indeed, My plan is firm.
[68:46] Is it that you ask them for a fee, due to which they are burdened with debt?
[68:47] Or do they have the (knowledge of the) Unseen, and they write it down?
[68:48] So, remain patient with your Lord‘s judgment, and be not like the Man of the Fish, he cried out while he was in anguish.
[68:49] Had not a favour from His Lord come to his help, he would have been cast in the wilderness in a reproachable state.
[68:50] Then his Lord chose him, and made him one of the righteous.
[68:51] And indeed the disbelievers seem to trip you up with their glances when they hear the Reminder, and say, .He is a madman indeed..
[68:52] And it is nothing else but a Reminder for all the worlds.