68:1Noon. By the pen, and by what they inscribe.

68:2By the grace of your Lord, you are not insane.

68:3In fact, you will have a reward that will never end.

68:4And you are of a great moral character.

68:5You will see, and they will see.

68:6Which of you is the afflicted.

68:7Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best the well-guided.

68:8So do not obey the deniers.

68:9They would like you to compromise, so they would compromise.

68:10And do not obey any vile swearer.

68:11Backbiter, spreader of slander.

68:12Preventer of good, transgressor, sinner.

68:13Rude and fake besides.

68:14Just because he has money and children.

68:15When Our Verses are recited to him, he says, “Myths of the ancients!”

68:16We will brand him on the muzzle.

68:17We tested them, as We tested the owners of the garden, when they vowed to harvest it in the morning.

68:18Without any reservation.

68:19But a calamity from your Lord went around it while they slept.

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

68:21In the morning, they called to one another.

68:22“Go early to your plantation, if you are going to harvest.”

68:23So off they went, murmuring to one another.

68:24“No poor person is to enter it upon you today.”

68:25And early they went, resolved in intent.

68:26But when they saw it, they said, “We were wrong.

68:27We are now deprived.”

68:28The most reasonable of them said, “Did I not say to you, ‘if only you would glorify?’”

68:29They said, “Glory to our Lord—We were indeed in the wrong.”

68:30Then they turned to one another, blaming one another.

68:31They said, “Woe to us—we were indeed domineering.

68:32Perhaps our Lord will give us a better substitute for it. We are turning to our Lord.”

68:33Such is the punishment; but the punishment of the Hereafter is greater, if they only knew.

68:34For the righteous are Gardens of Delight with their Lord.

68:35Shall We treat the Muslims like the villains?

68:36What is the matter with you? How do you judge?

68:37Or do you have a scripture in which you study.

68:38Wherein there is whatever you choose?

68:39Or do you have oaths from Us, binding until the Day of Resurrection, that you will have whatever you demand?

68:40Ask them, which of them will guarantee that.

68:41Or do they have partners? Then let them produce their partners, if they are truthful.

68:42On the Day when the Shin will be exposed, and they will be called to bow down, but they will be unable.

68:43Their eyes subdued, shame will cover them. They were invited to bow down when they were sound.

68:44So leave Me to those who reject this discourse; We will proceed against them gradually, from where they do not know.

68:45And I will give them respite. My plan is firm.

68:46Or do you ask them for a fee, so they are burdened with debt?

68:47Or do they know the future, and so they write it down?

68:48So wait patiently for the Decision of your Lord, and do not be like the Fellow of the Fish who cried out in despair.

68:49Were it not for his Lord’s favor that reached him, he would have been thrown into the wilderness, fully despised.

68:50But his Lord chose him, and made him one of the righteous.

68:51Those who disbelieve almost stab you with their glances when they hear the message, and say, “He is crazy!”

68:52But it is no less than a reminder to all the Worlds.