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1.  *     Nun. By the pen and what they write.[1]
2.  *     By the grace of your Lord you are not a  madman,[2]
3.  *     and you shall have a never ending reward.[3]
4.  *     You are of the highest  noble character.[4]
5.  *     Soon you will see - as they will see[5]
6.  *     - which of you is afflicted  with madness.[6]
7.  *     Surely it is your Lord Who knows those who have strayed from His  Way, as He knows best those who are rightly guided.[7]
8.  *     So do not yield to the  unbelievers.[8]
9.  *     They desire you to compromise a little, so they too would  compromise.[9]
10.  *     Neither yield to any mean oath-monger,[10]
11.  *     mischief making  slanderer,[11]
12.  *     opponent of good, transgressor,[12]
13.  *     wicked oppressor, and above all,  ignoble by birth,[13]
14.  *     though he be possessing wealth and children.[14]
15.  *     When Our  revelations are recited to him , he says: "They are nothing but the tales of the  ancients."[15]
16.  *     Soon We shall brand him on the snout.[16]
17.  *     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]
18.  *     without adding any reservation ( such  as God willing).[18]
19.  *     So a calamity from your Lord came down upon it while they  slept,[19]
20.  *     and by the morning it lay as if it had been already harvested.[20]
21.  *     At  daybreak they called out to one another,[21]
22.  *     saying: "Go out early to your crop, if you  want to pick its fruit."[22]
23.  *     So they went, whispering to one another:[23]
24.  *     Let no needy  person enter upon you in the garden today.[24]
25.  *     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]
26.  *     But when they saw the garden, they cried: "Surely we  must have lost our way![26]
27.  *     Nay, we have become destitute."[27]
28.  *     The most upright  among them said: "Did I not tell you to glorify Allah? Why did you not glorify  Him?"[28]
29.  *     Then they said: "Glory be to our Lord! Surely we were unjust,"[29]
30.  *     and  they started blaming one another.[30]
31.  *     Finally they said: "Woe to us! Surely we had  become rebellious.[31]
32.  *     It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better  garden than this: surely to our Lord do we make our humble petition."[32]
33.  *     Such is the  punishment in this life; but the punishment in the Hereafter is even greater, if they but  knew it.[33]
34.  *     Surely the righteous will be rewarded with gardens of delight by their Lord.[34]
35.  *     What  do the disbelievers think? Shall We treat the Muslims as We treat the guilty?[35]
36.  *     What is the matter with you? What kind of Judgment do you make?[36]
37.  *     Or do you  have a Book in which you read,[37]
38.  *     that you shall be given whatever you  choose?[38]
39.  *     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]
40.  *     Ask if any of  them will vouch for that.[40]
41.  *     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]
42.  *     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]
43.  *     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]
44.  *     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]
45.  *     I shall even put up with them  for a while; for My plan is fool proof.[45]
46.  *     Or have you, O Prophet, demanded a  compensation from them, that they are overburdened with debt?[46]
47.  *     Or do they have  the knowledge of the unseen and they are writing it down?[47]
48.  *     So wait with patience  for the Judgment of your Lord 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]
49.  *     Had his Lord not bestowed on him His grace, he would certainly have  been cast off on the naked shore, while he was condemned.[49]
50.  *     But his Lord choose  him and included him among the righteous.[50]
51.  *     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]
52.  *     This (The Qur’an) is nothing but a Reminder to all  the people of the world.[52]