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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

68. The Pen (34 – 52)

34There will be Gardens of bliss for those who are mindful of God. 35Should We treat those who submit to Us as We treat those who do evil? 36What is the matter with you? On what basis do you judge? 37Do you have a Scripture that tells you 38that you will be granted whatever you choose?39Have you received from Us solemn oaths, binding to the Day of Resurrection, that you will get whatever you yourselves decide? 40Ask them [Prophet] which of them will guarantee this. 41Do they have ‘partners‘ [besides God]? Let them produce their ‘partners‘, if what they say is true. 42On the Day when matters become dire,a This is the meaning of the Arabic expression ‘when shins are bared’. they will be invited to prostrate themselves but will be preventedb Baydawi suggests that this is because the time for obedience is over, or because they are somehow unable to do so (Tafsir). from doing so, 43and their eyes will be down cast and they will be overwhelmed with shame: they were invited to prostrate themselves when they were safe [but refused].

44So [Prophet] leave those who reject this revelation to Me: We shall lead them on, step by step, in ways beyond their knowledge; 45I will allow them more time, for My plan is powerful. 46Do you demand some reward from them that would burden them with debt? 47Do they have knowledge of the unseen that enables them to write it down?48Wait patiently [Prophet] for your Lord's judgement: do not be like the man in the whale who called out in distress:49if his Lord's grace had not reached him, he would have been left, abandoned and blameworthy, on the barren shore, 50but his Lord chose him and made him one of the Righteous.51The disbelievers almost strike you down with their looks when they hear the Qurʾan. They say, ‘He must be mad!‘ 52but truly it is nothing other than a Reminder for all peoples.

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a This is the meaning of the Arabic expression ‘when shins are bared’.

b Baydawi suggests that this is because the time for obedience is over, or because they are somehow unable to do so (Tafsir).

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