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
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
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
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
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.