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