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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (68) The Pen (Al-Qalam)

(52 Verses)
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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Nün. By the pen and what they write.[1] By the grace of your Rabb you are not a madman,[2] and you shall have a never ending reward.[3] You are of the highest noble character.[4] Soon you will see - as they will see[5] - which of you is afflicted with madness.[6] Surely it is your Rabb Who knows those who have strayed from His Way, as He knows best those who are rightly guided.[7] So do not yield to the unbelievers.[8] They desire you to compromise a little, so they too would compromise.[9] Neither yield to any mean oath-monger,[10] mischief making slanderer,[11] opponent of good, transgressor,[12] wicked oppressor, and above all, ignoble by birth,[13] though he be possessing wealth and children.[14] When Our revelations are recited to him , he says: “They are nothing but the tales of the ancients."[15] Soon We shall brand him on the snout.[16]


Allah has declared Muhammad to be of the highest moral character

Do not yield to any disbelieving oath- monger, slanderer or wicked person

Surely We shall try them as We tried the owners of the garden when they swore that they would pluck its fruit the next morning,[17] without adding any reservation ( such as God willing).[18] So a calamity from your Rabb came down upon it while they slept,[19] and by the morning it lay as if it had been already harvested.[20] At daybreak they called out to one another,[21] saying: “Go out early to your crop, if you want to pick its fruit."[22] So they went, whispering to one another:[23] “Let no needy person enter upon you in the garden today."[24] Thus they went out, fixed in their stingy resolve (not to give any fruit to the poor people, as if they had the full control over harvesting the fruit).[25] But when they saw the garden, they cried: “Surely we must have lost our way![26] Nay, we have become destitute."[27] The most upright among them said: “Did I not tell you to glorify Allah? Why did you not glorify Him?”[28] Then they said: “Glory be to our Rabb! Surely we were unjust,"[29] and they started blaming one another.[30] Finally they said: “Woe to us! Surely we had become rebellious.[31] It may be that our Rabb will give us in exchange a better garden than this: surely to our Rabb do we make our humble petition."[32] Such is the punishment in this life; but the punishment in the Hereafter is even greater, if they but knew it.[33]


What happened to the arrogant stingy owners of a garden who did not want to pay charity?

Surely the righteous will be rewarded with gardens of delight by their Rabb.[34] What do the disbelievers think? Shall We treat the Muslims as We treat the guilty?[35] What is the matter with you? What kind of Judgment do you make?[36] Or do you have a Book in which you read,[37] that you shall be given whatever you choose?[38] Or do you have a sworn covenant - a covenant binding on Us till the Day of Resurrection - that you shall have whatever you demand?[39] Ask if any of them will vouch for that.[40] Or do they have other gods who could help them against Allah? If so, let them produce their other gods if they are truthful.[41] On the Day of Judgment, when the dreadful events shall be unfolded, and they shall be asked to prostrate themselves, they shall not be able to do so.[42] They shall stand with eyes downcast, utterly humbled; because during their safe and sound earthly life they were called upon to prostrate themselves but they refused to do so.[43]


Allah is not going to treat the Muslims as He will treat the guilty. Why don't the disbelievers understand this?

O Prophet, leave to Me those who reject this revelation. We shall lead them step by step to their ruin, in ways that they cannot perceive.[44] I shall even put up with them for a while; for My plan is fool proof.[45] Or have you, O Prophet, demanded a compensation from them, that they are overburdened with debt?[46] Or do they have the knowledge of the unseen and they are writing it down?[47] So wait with patience for the Judgment of your Rabb and be not like the man of the fish (reference is to the Prophet Jonah who was swallowed by a whale), who cried when he was in distress[48] Had his Rabb not bestowed on him His grace, he would certainly have been cast off on the naked shore, while he was condemned.[49] But his Rabb chose him and included him among the righteous.[50] The unbelievers would almost trip you up with their eyes when they hear Our revelations (The Qur’an), and say: “He (Muhammad) is surely crazy."[51] This (The Qur’an) is nothing but a Reminder to all the people of the world.[52]


Those who do not believe in Allah's revelations are led step by step towards destruction

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Allah declared Muhammad (pbuh) to be of the highest moral character.
* Commandment of not yielding to any disbelieving oath monger,
slanderer and wicked person.
* Example of the arrogant stingy owners of a garden who did not want to pay charity and as a result, their garden was destroyed.
* Allah is not going to treat the Muslims as He will treat the guilty.
* Those who do not believe in Allah’s revelations are led step by step towards destruction.
* Three important themes of this Sürah:

  1. Response to the opponents' objections,
  2. Warning and admonition to the disbelievers, and
  3. Exhortation of patience to the Prophet (pbuh) .

The Holy Prophet is addressed as if to say: “The disbelievers call you a madman whereas the Book that you are presenting and the sublime conduct that you practise are by themselves sufficient to refute their false accusations. Soon they will see as to who was mad and who was sane.”

The disbelievers are admonished that well-being in the Hereafter inevitably belongs to those who are God conscious. It is utterly against reason that in the Hereafter, the obedient servants should meet the same fate as the guilty. Those who are being called upon to bow before God in the world and refuse to do so, would be unable to prostrate themselves on the Day of Resurrection, even if they wanted to do so, and thus would stand disgraced and condemned. They have no reasonable ground for opposing the Rasool, they cannot either make the claim that they know with certainty that he is not a true Rasool, nor that what he says is false.

In conclusion, the Prophet (pbuh) has been exhorted: "Bear with patience the hardships that you may have to face in the way of preaching the Faith until Allah’s judgement arrives, and avoid the impatience which caused suffering and affliction to the Prophet Jonah (pbuh).”

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2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah) listen
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
5 The Table (Al-Maeda) listen
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam) listen
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal) listen
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba) listen
10 Jonah (Yunus) listen
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud) listen
12 Joseph (Yusuf) listen
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd) listen
14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
15 The Rocky Tract(Al-Hijr) listen
16 The Bees (An-Nahl) listen
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra) listen
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) listen
19 Mary (Maryam) listen
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya) listen
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) listen
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun) listen
24 The Light (An-Nour) listen
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan) listen
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
27 The Ants (An-Naml) listen
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas) listen
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) listen
30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
31 Luqman (Luqman) listen
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda) listen
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab) listen
34 Sheba (Saba) listen
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir) listen
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) listen
38 The Letter Sad (Sad) listen
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar) listen
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir) listen
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat) listen
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan) listen
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad listen
48 The Victory (Al-Fath) listen
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams) listen
92 The Night (Al-Layl) listen
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq) listen
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr) listen
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd) listen
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas) listen
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq) listen
114 The Mankind (An-Nas) listen


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The Lord Complete Audio English Quran in MP3 Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

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Now Playing # (68) The Pen (Al-Qalam) (52 Verses)