Al-Qalam is the 68th surah (chapter) of The Holy Qur’an. It consists of 52 ayat (verses) that were all revealed in Mecca.
IN THE chronological order of revelation, this surah most probably occupies the third place. Some authorities—among them Suyuti—incline to the view that it was revealed immediately after the first five verses of surah 96 (“The Germ-Cell”); this, however, is contradicted by some of the best-authenticated Traditions, according to which most of surah 74 came second in the order of revelation (see introductory note to that surah). In any case, “The Pen” is undoubtedly one of the oldest parts of the Qur’an.
بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 1
ن ۚ وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ
Noon; walqalami wa maa yasturoon
1. Nun.1 CONSIDER the pen, and all that they write [therewith]!2
1 Chronologically, this is the first appearance of any of the “disjointed” [i.e., single] letters (al-muqatta’at) which precede a number of the surahs of the Qur’an: for the various theories relating to these letters, see Appendix on al-muqatta’at. The supposition of some of the early commentators (extensively quoted by Tabari) that the letter n, pronounced nun, represents here an abbreviation of the identically-pronounced noun which signifies both “great fish” and “inkwell” has been convincingly rejected by some of the most outstanding authorities (e.g., Zamakhshari and Razi) on grammatical grounds.
2 For the meaning of the adjurative particle wa at the beginning of this sentence, see first half of note 23 on Surah Al-Muddathir [74}: 32. The mention of “the pen” is meant to recall the earliest Qur’anic revelation, namely, the first five verses of surah 96 (“The Germ-Cell”), and thus to stress the fact of Muhammad’s prophethood. As regards the symbolic significance of the concept of “the pen”, see Surah Al-‘Alaq : 3-5 and the corresponding note 3.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 2
مَا أَنْتَ بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ بِمَجْنُونٍ
Maa anta bini’mati Rabbika bimajnoon
2. Thou art not, by thy Sustainer’s grace, a madman!3
3 This is an allusion to the taunt with which most of Muhammad’s contemporaries greeted the beginning of his preaching, and with which they continued to deride him for many years. In its wider sense, the above passage relates—as is so often the case in the Qur’an—not merely to the Prophet but also to all who followed or will follow him: in this particular instance, to all who base their moral valuations on their belief in God and in life after death.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 3
وَإِنَّ لَكَ لَأَجْرًا غَيْرَ مَمْنُونٍ
Wa inna laka la ajran ghaira mamnoon
3. And, verily, thine shall be a reward never ending—
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 4
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ
Wa innaka la’alaa khuluqin ‘azeem
4. for, behold, thou keepest indeed to a sublime way of life;4
4 The term khuluq, rendered by me as “way of life”, describes a person’s “character”, “innate disposition” or “nature” in the widest sense of these concepts, as well as “habitual behaviour” which becomes, as it were, one’s “second nature” (Taj al-‘Arus). My identification of khuluq with “way of life” is based on the explanation of the above verse by Abd Allah ibn Abbas (as quoted by Tabari), stating that this term is here synonymous with din: and we must remember that one of the primary significances of the latter term is “a way [or “manner”] of behaviour” or “of acting” (Qamus). More over, we have several well-authenticated Traditions according to which Muhammad’s widow ‘A’ishah, speaking of the Prophet many years after his death, repeatedly stressed that “his way of life (khuluq) was the Qur’an.” (Muslim, Tabari and Hakim, on the authority of Said ibn Hisham; Ibn Hanbal, Abu Da’ud and Nasa’i, on the authority of Al-Hasan al-Basri; Tabari, on the authority of Qatadah and Jubayr ibn Nufayl; and several other compilations).
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 5
Fasatubsiru wa yubsiroon
5. and [one day] thou shalt see, and they [who now deride thee] shall see,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 6
Bi ayyikumul maftoon
6. which of you was bereft of reason.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 7
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
Innaa Rabbaka Huwa a’lamu biman dalla ‘an sabeelihee wa Huwa a’lamu bilmuhtadeen
7. Verily, thy Sustainer alone is fully aware as to who has strayed from His path, Just as He alone is fully aware of those who have found the right way.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 8
فَلَا تُطِعِ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ
Falaa tuti’il mukazzibeen
8. Hence, defer not to [the likes and dislikes of] those who give the lie to the truth:
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 9
وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ
Waddoo law tudhinu fa-yudhinoon
9. they would like thee to be soft [with them], so that they might be soft [with thee].5
5 I.e., “they would like thee to be conciliatory in the matter of ethical principles and moral valuations, whereupon they would reciprocate and desist from actively opposing thee”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 10
وَلَا تُطِعْ كُلَّ حَلَّافٍ مَهِينٍ
Wa laa tuti’ kulla hallaa fim maheen
10. Furthermore,6 defer not to the contemptible swearer of oaths,
6 Lit., “And”. The subsequently enumerated types of moral deficiency are, of course, mentioned only as examples of the type of man to whose likes or dislikes no consideration whatever should be shown.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 11
هَمَّازٍ مَشَّاءٍ بِنَمِيمٍ
Hammaazim mash shaaa’im binameem
11. [or to] the slanderer that goes about with defaming tales,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 12
مَنَّاعٍ لِلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ أَثِيمٍ
Mannaa’il lilkhairi mu’tadin aseem
12. [or] the withholder of good, [or] the sinful aggressor,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 13
عُتُلٍّ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ زَنِيمٍ
‘Utullim ba’da zaalika zaneem
13. [or] one who is cruel, by greed possessed,7 and, in addition to all this, utterly useless [to his fellow-men].8
7 The term utul—derived from the verb ‘atala, “he dragged [someone or something] in a rough and cruel manner”—is used to describe a person combining within himself the attributes of cruelty and greed; hence the composite rendering adopted by me.
8 The commentators give the most divergent interpretations to the term zanim, which is evidently derived from the noun zanamah, denoting either of the two wattles, or fleshy skin protuberances, hanging below the ears of a goat. Since these wattles do not seem to have any physiological function, the term zanim has come to signify “someone [or “something”] not needed” (Taj al-‘Arus): in other words, redundant or useless. It is, therefore, logical to assume that in the above context this term describes a person who is entirely useless in the social sense.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 14
أَنْ كَانَ ذَا مَالٍ وَبَنِينَ
An kaana zaa maalinw-wa baneen
14. Is it because he is possessed of worldly goods and children
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 15
إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِ آيَاتُنَا قَالَ أَسَاطِيرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ
Izaa tutlaa ‘alaihi aayaatunaa qaala asaateerul awwaleen
15. that, whenever Our messages are conveyed to him, such a one says, “Fables of ancient times”?9
9 The term banun (lit., “children” or “sons”) is often used in the Qur’an metonymically, denoting “popular support” or “many adherents”; in conjunction with the term mal (“worldly goods”) it is meant to illustrate a certain mentality which attributes a pseudo-religious significance to wealth and influence, and regards these visible signs of worldly success as a post-factum evidence of the “righteousness” of the person concerned and, hence, of his not being in need of further guidance.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 16
سَنَسِمُهُ عَلَى الْخُرْطُومِ
Sanasimuhoo ‘alal khurtoom
16. [For this] We shall brand him with indelible disgrace!10
10 Lit., “We shall brand him on the snout” (khurtum). All commentators point out that this, idiomatic phrase has a strictly metaphorical meaning, namely, “We shall stigmatize him with indelible disgrace” (cf. Lane II, 724, quoting both Raghib and Taj al-‘Arus).
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 17
إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ
Innaa balawnaahum kamaa balawnaaa As-haabal jannati iz ‘aqsamoo la-yasri munnahaa musbiheen
17. [As for such sinners,] behold, We [but] try them11 as We tried the owners of a certain garden who vowed that they would surely harvest its fruit on the morrow,
11 I.e., by bestowing on them affluence out of all proportion to their moral deserts.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 18
Wa laa yastasnoon
18. and made no allowance [for the will of God]:12
12 I.e., they resolved upon their objective without the reservation, “if God so wills”; which points to the first lesson to be derived from this parable, as well as to its connection with the rhetorical question in verses 14-15 above.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 19
فَطَافَ عَلَيْهَا طَائِفٌ مِنْ رَبِّكَ وَهُمْ نَائِمُونَ
Fataafa ‘alaihaa taaa’i fum mir rabbika wa hum naaa’imoon
19. whereupon a visitation for thy Sustainer came upon that [garden] while they were asleep,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 20
Fa asbahat kassareem
20. so that by the morrow it became barren and bleak.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 21
21. Now when they rose at early morn, they called unto one another,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 22
أَنِ اغْدُوا عَلَىٰ حَرْثِكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَارِمِينَ
Anighdoo ‘alaa harsikum in kuntum saarimeen
22. “Go early to your tilth if you want to harvest the fruit!”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 23
فَانْطَلَقُوا وَهُمْ يَتَخَافَتُونَ
Fantalaqoo wa hum yatakhaafatoon
23. Thus they launched forth, whispering unto one another,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 24
أَنْ لَا يَدْخُلَنَّهَا الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِسْكِينٌ
Al laa yadkhulannahal yawma ‘alaikum miskeen
24. “Indeed, no needy person shall enter it today [and come] upon you [unawares],”13
13 Ever since Biblical times it has been understood that the poor have a right to a share in the harvest of the fields and gardens owned by their more fortunate fellow-men (cf. Al-An’am : 141—”give [unto the poor] their due on harvest-day”). The determination of the “owners of the garden” to deprive the poor of this right is the second type of sin to which the above parable points: and inasmuch as it is a social sin, it connects with verses 10-13.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 25
وَغَدَوْا عَلَىٰ حَرْدٍ قَادِرِينَ
Wa ghadaw ‘alaa hardin qaadireen
25. and early they went, strongly bent upon their purpose.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 26
فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهَا قَالُوا إِنَّا لَضَالُّونَ
Falammaa ra awhaa qaalooo innaa ladaaalloon
26. But as soon as they beheld [the garden and could not recognize] it, they exclaimed, “Surely we have lost our way!”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 27
بَلْ نَحْنُ مَحْرُومُونَ
Bal nahnu mahroomoon
27. —[and then,] “Nay, but we have been rendered destitute!”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 28
قَالَ أَوْسَطُهُمْ أَلَمْ أَقُلْ لَكُمْ لَوْلَا تُسَبِّحُونَ
Qaala awsatuhum alam aqul lakum law laa tusabbihoon
28. Said the most right-minded among them: “Did I not tell you, ‘Will you not extol God’s limitless glory?'”14
14 This is obviously a reference to their failure to realize that nothing can come about unless the Almighty so wills (verse 18).
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 29
قَالُوا سُبْحَانَ رَبِّنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَالِمِينَ
Qaaloo subhaana rabbinaaa innaa kunnaa zaalimeen
29. They answered: “Limitless in His glory is our Sustainer! Verily, we were doing wrong!”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 30
فَأَقْبَلَ بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ يَتَلَاوَمُونَ
Fa aqbala ba’duhum ‘alaa ba’diny yatalaawamoon
30. —and then they turned upon one another with mutual reproaches.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 31
قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا طَاغِينَ
Qaaloo yaa wailanaaa innaa kunnaa taagheen
31. [In the end] they said: “Oh, woe unto us! Verily, we did behave outrageously!
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 32
عَسَىٰ رَبُّنَا أَنْ يُبْدِلَنَا خَيْرًا مِنْهَا إِنَّا إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا رَاغِبُونَ
‘Asaa rabbunaaa any yubdilanaa khairam minhaaa innaaa ilaa rabbinaa raaghiboon
32. [But] it may be that our Sustainer will grant us something better instead:15 for, verily, unto our Sustainer do we turn with hope!”
15 Namely, His forgiveness.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 33
كَذَٰلِكَ الْعَذَابُ ۖ وَلَعَذَابُ الْآخِرَةِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ
Kazaalikal azaab, wa la’azaabul aakhirati akbar; law kaanoo ya’lamoon
33. SUCH is the suffering [with which We try some people in this world];16 but greater by far will be the suffering [which sinners shall have to bear] in the life to come—if they but knew it!
16 This connects with the first clause of verse 17 above, which, in its turn, contains an allusion to the mentality spoken of in verses 14-15.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 34
إِنَّ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ
Inna lilmuttaqeena ‘inda rabbihim jannaatin na’eem
34. For, behold, it is the God-conscious [alone] whom gardens of bliss await with their Sustainer:
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 35
أَفَنَجْعَلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ كَالْمُجْرِمِينَ
Afanaj’alul muslimeena kalmujrimeen
35. or should We, perchance, treat those who surrender themselves unto Us17 as [We would treat] those who remain lost in sin?
17 This is the earliest occurrence of the term muslimun (sing. muslim) in the history of Qur’anic revelation. Throughout this work, I have translated the terms muslim and islam in accordance with their original connotations, namely, “one who surrenders [or “has surrendered”] himself to God”, and “man’s self-surrender to God”; the same holds good of all forms of the verb aslama occurring in the ‘Qur’an. It should be borne in mind that the “institutionalized” use of these terms—that is, their exclusive application to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad—represents a definitely post-Qur’anic development and, hence, must be avoided in a translation of the Qur’an.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 36
مَا لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ
Maa lakum kaifa tahkumoon
36. What is amiss with you?18 On what do you base your judgment [of right and wrong]?
18 Sc., “O you sinners”.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 37
أَمْ لَكُمْ كِتَابٌ فِيهِ تَدْرُسُونَ
Am lakum kitaabun feehi tadrusoon
37. Or have you, perchance, a [special] divine writ which you study,
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 38
إِنَّ لَكُمْ فِيهِ لَمَا تَخَيَّرُونَ
Inna lakum feehi lamaa takhaiyaroon
38. and in which you find all that you may wish to find?19
19 Lit., “so that in it you [may] have all that you choose [to have]”—i.e., a moral justification of the claim that whatever is considered “expedient” is eo ipso right.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 39
أَمْ لَكُمْ أَيْمَانٌ عَلَيْنَا بَالِغَةٌ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ۙ إِنَّ لَكُمْ لَمَا تَحْكُمُونَ
Am lakum aymaanun ‘alainaa baalighatun ilaa yawmil qiyaamati inna lakum lamaa tahkumoon
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]?
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 40
سَلْهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ بِذَٰلِكَ زَعِيمٌ
Salhum ayyuhum bizaa lika za’eem
40. Ask them which of them is able to vouch for this!
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 41
أَمْ لَهُمْ شُرَكَاءُ فَلْيَأْتُوا بِشُرَكَائِهِمْ إِنْ كَانُوا صَادِقِينَ
Am lahum shurakaaa’u fal ya’too bishurakaaa ‘ihim in kaanoo saadiqeen
41. Or have they, perchance, anys ages to support their views?20
Well, then, if they are sincere in this their claim, let them produce those supporters of theirs
20 Lit., “Or have they any associates?”—i.e., wise people (‘uqala) who would share their views and their way of life (Zamakhshari and Razi). Accordingly, the expression shuraka’uhum in the next sentence has been rendered as “those supporters of theirs”.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 42
يَوْمَ يُكْشَفُ عَنْ سَاقٍ وَيُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ
Yawma yukshafu ‘an saaqinw wa yud’awna ilas sujoodi falaa yastatee’oon
42. on the Day when man’s very being shall be bared to the bone,21 and when they [who now deny the truth] shall be called upon to prostrate themselves [before God],22 and shall be unable to do so:
21 Lit., “when the shin[-bone] shall be bared”: i.e., when man’s innermost thoughts, feelings and motivations will be laid bare. The implication is that their erstwhile claim that whatever is “expedient” is morally justifiable (see note 19 above), shall be revealed in all its nakedness—namely, as something indefensible and spiritually destructive.
22 I.e., willingly, gladly humbling themselves before Him.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 43
خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ ۖ وَقَدْ كَانُوا يُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ وَهُمْ سَالِمُونَ
Khaashi’atan absaaruhum tarhaquhum zillatunw wa qad kaanoo yud’awna ilassujoodi wa hum saalimoon
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].
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 44
فَذَرْنِي وَمَنْ يُكَذِّبُ بِهَٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ ۖ سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُمْ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
Fazarnee wa many yukazzibu bihaazal hadeesi sanastad rijuhum min haisu laa ya’lamoon
44. Hence, leave Me alone with such as give the lie to this tiding.23 We shall bring them low, step by step, without their perceiving how it has come about:24
23 I.e., to divine revelation in general, and to the tiding of resurrection and judgment, in particular—the implication being that God alone has the right to decide whether or how to chastise them.
24 Lit., “without their knowing whence [it comes]”. The above sentence, as well as the next, (verse 45), are found in exactly the same formulation in Surah Al-A’raf : 182-183.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 45
وَأُمْلِي لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِي مَتِينٌ
Wa umlee lahum; inna kaidee mateen
45. for, behold, though I may give them rein for a while, My subtle scheme is exceedingly firm!25
25 The term “subtle scheme” (kayd) evidently circumscribes here God’s unfathomable plan of creation of which man can glimpse only isolated fragments and never the totality: a plan in which every thing and happening has a definite function, and nothing is accidental. (See in this connection note 11 on Surah Yunus : 5—”None of this has God created without [an inner] truth”.) Indirectly, the above passage alludes to the question as to the reason why God allows so many evil persons to enjoy their lives to the full, while so many of the righteous are allowed to suffer: the answer being that during his life in this world man cannot really understand where apparent happiness and unhappiness ultimately lead to, and what role they play in God’s “subtle scheme” of creation.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 46
أَمْ تَسْأَلُهُمْ أَجْرًا فَهُمْ مِنْ مَغْرَمٍ مُثْقَلُونَ
Am tas’aluhum ajran fahum min maghramin musqaloon
46. 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]?
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 47
أَمْ عِنْدَهُمُ الْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُونَ
Am ‘indahumul ghaibu fahum yaktuboon
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?26
26 Sc., “and that, therefore, they need not listen to divine revelation.” For the real significance of the term al-ghayb—of which the above is undoubtedly the earliest instance in the chronology of Qur’anic revelation—see Surah Al-Baqarah , note 3. Its use in the above context is meant to elucidate and further develop the idea already touched upon in Surah Al-‘Alaq : 6-7—”man becomes grossly overweening whenever he believes himself to be self-sufficient”. More particularly, the present passage points to the fallacy of the arrogant belief that the solution of all the mysteries of the universe is “just around the corner” and that man-centred science—epitomized in the reference to its being “written down”—can and will teach its adepts how to “conquer nature” and to attain to what they regard as the good life.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 48
فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تَكُنْ كَصَاحِبِ الْحُوتِ إِذْ نَادَىٰ وَهُوَ مَكْظُومٌ
Fasbir lihukmi rabbika wa laa takun kasaahibil hoot; iz naadaa wa huwa makzoom
48. BEAR THEN 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.27
27 This is a reference to the Prophet Jonah—see Surah Al-Anbiya’ : 87 and the corresponding notes 82 and 83. As mentioned in Surah Al-Saffat : 140, “he fled like a runaway slave” from the task with which he had been entrusted by God, because his people did not all at once accept his preaching as valid: and so Muhammad is exhorted not to give in to despair or anger at the opposition shown to him by most of his contemporaries in Mecca, but to persevere in his prophetic mission.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 49
لَوْلَا أَنْ تَدَارَكَهُ نِعْمَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِ لَنُبِذَ بِالْعَرَاءِ وَهُوَ مَذْمُومٌ
Law laaa an tadaara kahoo ni’matum mir rabbihee lanubiza bil’araaa’i wa huwa mazmoom
49. [And remember:] had not grace from his Sustainer reached him,28 he would indeed have been cast forth upon that barren shore in a state of disgrace:29
28 Cf. Surah Al-Shaffat : 143—”had he not been of those who [even in the deep darkness of their distress are able to] extol God’s limitless glory”: i.e., who always remember God and pray for His forgiveness.
29 Lit., “while he was still blameworthy”, i.e., burdened with sin and unredeemed by repentance: implying that but for God’s grace he would have died as a sinner.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 50
فَاجْتَبَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَجَعَلَهُ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
Fajtabaahu rabbuhoo faja’alahoo minas saaliheen
50. but [as it was,] his Sustainer had elected him and placed him among the righteous.
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 51
وَإِنْ يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ
Wa iny-yakaadul lazeena kafaroo la-yuzliqoonaka biabsaarihim lammaa sami’uz-Zikra wa yaqooloona innahoo lamajnoon
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!”
Surah Al-Qalam Ayat 52
وَمَا هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِلْعَالَمِينَ
Wa maa huwa illaa zikrul lil’aalameen
52. [Be patient:] for this is nought else but a reminder [from God] to all mankind.
Source: The Message of the Quran By Muhammad Asad