Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Qalam 68:31-52

68:31 [In the end] they said “Oh, woe unto us! Verily, we did behave outrageously!

68:32 [But] it may be that our Sustainer will grant us something better instead, for, Verily, unto our Sustainer do we turn with hope!”

68:33 Such is the suffering [with which We try some people in this world],  but greater by far will be the suffering [which sinners shall have to bear] in the life to come – if they but knew it!

68:34 For, behold, it is the God-conscious [alone] whom gardens of bliss await with their Sustainer.

68:35 Or should We, perchance, treat those who surrender themselves unto Us as [We would treat] those who remain lost in sin?

68:36 What is amiss with you? On what do you base your judgment [of right and wrong]?

68:37 Or have you, perchance, a [special] divine writ which you study.

68:38 And in which you find all that you may wish to find?

68:39 Or have you received a solemn promise, binding on Us till Resurrection Day, that yours will assuredly be whatever you judge [to be your rightful due]?

68:40 Ask them which of them is able to vouch for this!

68:41) Or have they, perchance, any ages to support their views? Well, then, if they are sincere in this claim, let them produce those supporters of theirs. 

68:42 On the Day when man’s very being shall be bared to the bone, and when they [who now deny the truth] shall be called upon to prostrate themselves [before God], and shall be unable to do so. 

68:43 Downcast will be their eyes, with ignominy overwhelming them – seeing that they had been called upon [in vain] to prostrate themselves [before Him] while they were yet sound [and alive].

68:44 Hence, leave Me alone with such as give the lie to this tiding. We shall bring them low, step by step, without their perceiving how it has come about.

68:45 For, behold, though I may give them rein for a while, My subtle scheme is exceedingly firm!

68:45 Or is it that [they fear lest] thou ask them for a reward, [O Prophet] so that they would be burdened with debt [if they listened to thee]?

68:47 Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down?

68:48 Bear than with patience thy Sustainer’s will and be not like him of the great fish, who cried out [in distress] after having given in to anger.

68:49 [And remember] had not to grace from his Sustainer reached him, he would indeed have been cast forth upon that barren shore in a state
of disgrace.

68:50 But [as it was] his Sustainer had elected him and placed him among the righteous.

68:51 Hence, [be patient] even though they who are bent on denying the truth would all but kill thee with their eyes whenever they hear this reminder, and [though] they say, “[As for Mubammad] Behold, most surely he is a madman!”

68:52 [Be patient] for this is naught else but a reminder [from God] to all mankind.


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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