Surah Al-Qalam: The Pen
Revealed at Makkah
With the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Rewarding
NUN! Consider the pen and what they write.
You are not, by the favor of your Rabb, a madman.
And surely for you there is indeed a never-exhausting reward.
And truly you are indeed upon an outstanding morals.
And you will soon see, and they will see—
which of you is the demented.
Surely your Rabb, He knows best who has gone astray from His way, and He knows best the guided ones.
Therefore do not yield to the belying ones.
They wish that you should slacken, so that they might slacken.
And do not yield to any oath-monger, a degraded,—
any backbiter— a walker with slander,
any forbidder of good, transgressor, sinner,
any insolent who is in addition illegitimate—
because he possesses wealth and children.
When Our Messages are recited to him, he says: “Fables of the ancients.”
We shall soon brand him on the nose.
Now We shall try them as We tried the owners of the garden, when they vowed that they would surely gather the crop of it by morning;
and they made no reservation.
So a visitation from your Rabb visited it while they were asleep.
Therefore in the morning it became as a harvested land.