In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
1 . Nun. By the Pen and 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 men,- 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 Allah'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 (Allah)?'"
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 to 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 Allah.ead)? 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.
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