Surah 68. Al-Qalam- Mustafa Khattab Translation

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In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
Allah has declared Muhammad to be of the highest moral character and Do not yield any disbelieving oath monger, slanderer and wicked person
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Nũn. By the pen and what everyone writes!

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By the grace of your Lord, you ˹O Prophet˺ are not insane.

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You will certainly have a never-ending reward.

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And you are truly ˹a man˺ of outstanding character.

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Soon you and the pagans will see,

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which of you is mad.

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Surely your Lord ˹alone˺ knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is ˹rightly˺ guided.

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So do not give in to the deniers.

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They wish you would compromise so they would yield ˹to you˺.

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And do not obey the despicable, vain oath-taker,

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slanderer, gossip-monger,

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withholder of good, transgressor, evildoer,

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brute, and—on top of all that—an illegitimate child.

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Now, ˹simply˺ because he has been blessed with ˹abundant˺ wealth and children,

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whenever Our revelations are recited to him, he says, “Ancient fables!”

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We will soon mark his snout.1 

What happened to the arrogant stingy owners of a garden who did not want to pay charity?
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Indeed, We have tested those ˹Meccans˺ as We tested the owners of the garden—when they swore they would surely harvest ˹all˺ its fruit in the early morning,

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leaving no thought for Allah’s Will.1

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Then it was struck by a torment from your Lord while they slept,

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so it was reduced to ashes.

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Then by daybreak they called out to each other,

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˹saying,˺ “Go early to your harvest, if you want to pick ˹all˺ the fruit.”

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So they went off, whispering to one another,

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“Do not let any poor person enter your garden today.”

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And they proceeded early, totally fixated on their purpose.

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But when they saw it ˹devastated˺, they cried, “We must have lost ˹our˺ way!

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In fact, we have been deprived ˹of our livelihood˺.”

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The most sensible of them said, “Did I not urge you to say, ‘Allah willing.’?”

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They replied, “Glory be to our Lord! We have truly been wrongdoers.”

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Then they turned on each other, throwing blame.

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They said, “Woe to us! We have certainly been transgressors.

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We trust our Lord will give us a better garden than this, ˹for˺ we are indeed turning to our Lord with hope.”1

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That is the ˹way of Our˺ punishment ˹in this world˺. But the punishment of the Hereafter is certainly far worse, if only they knew.1 

Allah is not going to treat the Muslims as He will treat the guilty Why disbelievers do not understand this?
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Indeed, the righteous will have the Gardens of Bliss with their Lord.

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Should We then treat those who have submitted like the wicked?

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What is the matter with you? How do you judge?

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Or do you have a scripture, in which you read

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that you will have whatever you choose?

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Or do you have oaths binding on Us until the Day of Judgment that you will have whatever you decide?

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Ask them ˹O Prophet˺ which of them can guarantee all that.

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Or do they have associate-gods ˹spanporting this claim˺? Then let them bring forth their associate-gods, if what they say is true.

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˹Beware of˺ the Day the Shin ˹of Allah˺ will be bared,1 and the wicked will be asked to prostrate, but they will not be able to do so,

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with eyes downcast, totally covered with disgrace. For they were ˹always˺ called to prostrate ˹in the world˺ when they were fully capable ˹but they chose not to˺.

Those who do not believe in Allah's revelations are led step by step towards destruction
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So leave to Me ˹O Prophet˺ those who reject this message. We will gradually draw them to destruction in ways they cannot comprehend.

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I ˹only˺ delay their end for a while, but My planning is flawless.

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Or are you asking them for a reward ˹for the message˺ so that they are overburdened by debt?

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Or do they have access to ˹the Record in˺ the unseen, so they copy it ˹for all to see˺?

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So be patient with your Lord’s decree, and do not be like ˹Jonah,˺ the Man of the Whale, who cried out ˹to Allah˺, in total distress.1

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Had he not been shown grace by his Lord, he would have certainly been cast onto the open ˹shore˺, still blameworthy.

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Then his Lord chose him, making him one of the righteous.

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The disbelievers would almost cut you down with their eyes when they hear ˹you recite˺ the Reminder,1 and say, “He is certainly a madman.”

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But it is simply a reminder to the whole world.



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