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68:1 - Nun. By the pen and that which they write (therewith),

68:2 - Thou art not, for thy Lord's favour unto thee, a madman.

68:3 - And lo! thine verily will be a reward unfailing.

68:4 - And lo! thou art of a tremendous nature.

68:5 - And thou wilt see and they will see

68:6 - Which of you is the demented.

68:7 - Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who walk aright.

68:8 - Therefor obey not thou the rejecters

68:9 - Who would have had thee compromise, that they may compromise.

68:10 - Neither obey thou each feeble oath-monger,

68:11 - Detracter, spreader abroad of slanders,

68:12 - Hinderer of the good, transgressor, malefactor

68:13 - Greedy therewithal, intrusive.

68:14 - It is because he is possessed of wealth and children

68:15 - That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith: Mere fables of the men of old.

68:16 - We shall brand him on the nose.

68:17 - Lo! We have tried them as We tried the owners of the garden when they vowed that they would pluck its fruit next morning,

68:18 - And made no exception (for the Will of Allah);

68:19 - Then a visitation from thy Lord came upon it while they slept

68:20 - And in the morning it was as if plucked.

68:21 - And they cried out one unto another in the morning,

68:22 - Saying: Run unto your field if ye would pluck (the fruit).

68:23 - So they went off, saying one unto another in low tones:

68:24 - No needy man shall enter it to-day against you.

68:25 - They went betimes, strong in (this) purpose.

68:26 - But when they saw it, they said: Lo! we are in error!

68:27 - Nay, but we are desolate!

68:28 - The best among them said: Said I not unto you: Why glorify ye not (Allah)?

68:29 - They said: Glorified be our Lord! Lo! we have been wrong-doers.

68:30 - Then some of them drew near unto others, self-reproaching.

68:31 - They said: Alas for us! In truth we were outrageous.

68:32 - It may be that our Lord will give us better than this in place thereof. Lo! we beseech our Lord.

68:33 - Such was the punishment. And verily the punishment of the Hereafter is greater if they did but know.

68:34 - Lo! for those who keep from evil are gardens of bliss with their Lord.

68:35 - Shall We then treat those who have surrendered as We treat the guilty?

68:36 - What aileth you? How foolishly ye judge!

68:37 - Or have ye a scripture wherein ye learn

68:38 - That ye shall indeed have all that ye choose?

68:39 - Or have ye a covenant on oath from Us that reacheth to the Day of Judgment, that yours shall be all that ye ordain?

68:40 - Ask them (O Muhammad) which of them will vouch for that!

68:41 - Or have they other gods? Then let them bring their other gods if they are truthful

68:42 - On the day when it befalleth in earnest, and they are ordered to prostrate themselves but are not able,

68:43 - With eyes downcast, abasement stupefying them. And they had been summoned to prostrate themselves while they were yet unhurt.

68:44 - Leave Me (to deal) with those who give the lie to this pronouncement. We shall lead them on by steps from whence they know not.

68:45 - Yet I bear with them, for lo! My scheme is firm.

68:46 - Or dost thou (Muhammad) ask a fee from them so that they are heavily taxed?

68:47 - Or is the Unseen theirs that they can write (thereof)?

68:48 - But wait thou for thy Lord's decree, and be not like him of the fish, who cried out in despair.

68:49 - Had it not been that favour from his Lord had reached him he surely had been cast into the wilderness while he was reprobate.

68:50 - But his Lord chose him and placed him among the righteous.

68:51 - And lo! those who disbelieve would fain disconcert thee with their eyes when they hear the Reminder, and they say: Lo! he is indeed mad;

68:52 - When it is naught else than a Reminder to creation.