ن ۚ وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ القلم 
Nun. By the pen and what they inscribe, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
مَا أَنتَ بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ بِمَجْنُونٍ القلم 
You are not, [O Muhammad], by the favor of your Lord, a madman. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَإِنَّ لَكَ لَأَجْرًا غَيْرَ مَمْنُونٍ القلم 
And indeed, for you is a reward uninterrupted. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ القلم 
And indeed, you are of a great moral character. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَسَتُبْصِرُ وَيُبْصِرُونَ القلم 
So you will see and they will see Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
بِأَييِّكُمُ الْمَفْتُونُ القلم 
Which of you is the afflicted [by a devil]. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ القلم 
Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has gone astray from His way, and He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَلَا تُطِعِ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ القلم 
Then do not obey the deniers. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ القلم 
They wish that you would soften [in your position], so they would soften [toward you]. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَلَا تُطِعْ كُلَّ حَلَّافٍ مَّهِينٍ القلم 
And do not obey every worthless habitual swearer Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
هَمَّازٍ مَّشَّاءٍ بِنَمِيمٍ القلم 
[And] scorner, going about with malicious gossip - Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
مَّنَّاعٍ لِّلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ أَثِيمٍ القلم 
A preventer of good, transgressing and sinful, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
عُتُلٍّ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ زَنِيمٍ القلم 
Cruel, moreover, and an illegitimate pretender. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَن كَانَ ذَا مَالٍ وَبَنِينَ القلم 
Because he is a possessor of wealth and children, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِ آيَاتُنَا قَالَ أَسَاطِيرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ القلم 
When Our verses are recited to him, he says, "Legends of the former peoples." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
سَنَسِمُهُ عَلَى الْخُرْطُومِ القلم 
We will brand him upon the snout. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ القلم 
Indeed, We have tried them as We tried the companions of the garden, when they swore to cut its fruit in the [early] morning Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَلَا يَسْتَثْنُونَ القلم 
Without making exception. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَطَافَ عَلَيْهَا طَائِفٌ مِّن رَّبِّكَ وَهُمْ نَائِمُونَ القلم 
So there came upon the garden an affliction from your Lord while they were asleep. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَأَصْبَحَتْ كَالصَّرِيمِ القلم 
And it became as though reaped. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَتَنَادَوْا مُصْبِحِينَ القلم 
And they called one another at morning, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَنِ اغْدُوا عَلَىٰ حَرْثِكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَارِمِينَ القلم 
[Saying], "Go early to your crop if you would cut the fruit." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَانطَلَقُوا وَهُمْ يَتَخَافَتُونَ القلم 
So they set out, while lowering their voices, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَن لَّا يَدْخُلَنَّهَا الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكُم مِّسْكِينٌ القلم 
[Saying], "There will surely not enter it today upon you [any] poor person." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَغَدَوْا عَلَىٰ حَرْدٍ قَادِرِينَ القلم 
And they went early in determination, [assuming themselves] able. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهَا قَالُوا إِنَّا لَضَالُّونَ القلم 
But when they saw it, they said, "Indeed, we are lost; Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
بَلْ نَحْنُ مَحْرُومُونَ القلم 
Rather, we have been deprived." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
قَالَ أَوْسَطُهُمْ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ لَوْلَا تُسَبِّحُونَ القلم 
The most moderate of them said, "Did I not say to you, 'Why do you not exalt [Allah]?' " Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
قَالُوا سُبْحَانَ رَبِّنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَالِمِينَ القلم 
They said, "Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, we were wrongdoers." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَأَقْبَلَ بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ يَتَلَاوَمُونَ القلم 
Then they approached one another, blaming each other. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
قَالُوا يَا وَيْلَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا طَاغِينَ القلم 
They said, "O woe to us; indeed we were transgressors. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
عَسَىٰ رَبُّنَا أَن يُبْدِلَنَا خَيْرًا مِّنْهَا إِنَّا إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا رَاغِبُونَ القلم 
Perhaps our Lord will substitute for us [one] better than it. Indeed, we are toward our Lord desirous." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
كَذَٰلِكَ الْعَذَابُ ۖ وَلَعَذَابُ الْآخِرَةِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ القلم 
Such is the punishment [of this world]. And the punishment of the Hereafter is greater, if they only knew. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
إِنَّ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ القلم 
Indeed, for the righteous with their Lord are the Gardens of Pleasure. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَفَنَجْعَلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ كَالْمُجْرِمِينَ القلم 
Then will We treat the Muslims like the criminals? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
مَا لَكُمْ كَيْفَ تَحْكُمُونَ القلم 
What is [the matter] with you? How do you judge? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَمْ لَكُمْ كِتَابٌ فِيهِ تَدْرُسُونَ القلم 
Or do you have a scripture in which you learn Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
إِنَّ لَكُمْ فِيهِ لَمَا تَخَيَّرُونَ القلم 
That indeed for you is whatever you choose? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَمْ لَكُمْ أَيْمَانٌ عَلَيْنَا بَالِغَةٌ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ۙ إِنَّ لَكُمْ لَمَا تَحْكُمُونَ القلم 
Or do you have oaths [binding] upon Us, extending until the Day of Resurrection, that indeed for you is whatever you judge? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
سَلْهُمْ أَيُّهُم بِذَٰلِكَ زَعِيمٌ القلم 
Ask them which of them, for that [claim], is responsible. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَمْ لَهُمْ شُرَكَاءُ فَلْيَأْتُوا بِشُرَكَائِهِمْ إِن كَانُوا صَادِقِينَ القلم 
Or do they have partners? Then let them bring their partners, if they should be truthful. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
يَوْمَ يُكْشَفُ عَن سَاقٍ وَيُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ القلم 
The Day the shin will be uncovered and they are invited to prostration but the disbelievers will not be able, Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ ۖ وَقَدْ كَانُوا يُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ وَهُمْ سَالِمُونَ القلم 
Their eyes humbled, humiliation will cover them. And they used to be invited to prostration while they were sound. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَذَرْنِي وَمَن يُكَذِّبُ بِهَٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ ۖ سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ القلم 
So leave Me, [O Muhammad], with [the matter of] whoever denies the Qur'an. We will progressively lead them [to punishment] from where they do not know. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَأُمْلِي لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِي مَتِينٌ القلم 
And I will give them time. Indeed, My plan is firm. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَمْ تَسْأَلُهُمْ أَجْرًا فَهُم مِّن مَّغْرَمٍ مُّثْقَلُونَ القلم 
Or do you ask of them a payment, so they are by debt burdened down? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
أَمْ عِندَهُمُ الْغَيْبُ فَهُمْ يَكْتُبُونَ القلم 
Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down? Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تَكُن كَصَاحِبِ الْحُوتِ إِذْ نَادَىٰ وَهُوَ مَكْظُومٌ القلم 
Then be patient for the decision of your Lord, [O Muhammad], and be not like the companion of the fish when he called out while he was distressed. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
لَّوْلَا أَن تَدَارَكَهُ نِعْمَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ لَنُبِذَ بِالْعَرَاءِ وَهُوَ مَذْمُومٌ القلم 
If not that a favor from his Lord overtook him, he would have been thrown onto the naked shore while he was censured. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
فَاجْتَبَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَجَعَلَهُ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ القلم 
And his Lord chose him and made him of the righteous. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ القلم 
And indeed, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes when they hear the message, and they say, "Indeed, he is mad." Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
وَمَا هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَالَمِينَ القلم 
But it is not except a reminder to the worlds. Al-Qalam ( The Pen ) 
What is Holy Quran?
This week, for the first time, Holy Quran Reading. Christians and Muslims on two continents have gathered under one roof to celebrate what they believe to be one of the world’s most important books. Holy Quran Reading But while Muslims praise it as the divine word of God, they disagree about what the text says about God.
Who is God? Muslims believe that God is a single being who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfect. Holy Quran Reading To Muslims, he has no gender, no age, and no beginning.
Muslims believe that their God is one of three celestial beings with different functions, often referred to as the guardians. God, the father is Al-Rahman, the exalted father, and God the Son is Al-`Aziz, the benevolent son. God the Mother is Al-Israal or the she-dragon.
So how did this fundamental set of beliefs come about? They are said to have come about by the Prophet Muhammad himself.
The Islamic prophet went up to the summit of Mount Arafat in Mecca and recited a couplet to the heavens: “My Lord and my God, Who will guide me to the Straight Way? And Who will lead me to the Presence of the Throne of Justice? Who will guide me to the Straight Way?”
Muslims believe that this was the prophet’s revelation to his Lord.
At that moment, Muslims say, Holy Quran Reading. God agreed that there would never be any conflict between man and his deity.
“The Quran explains that we should consider God’s attributes as pure and absolute. If we use human logic, we find that they are. Holy Quran Reading. God is beyond human laws and, so, is everything else,” said Suhaib Saleem, an Islamic scholar.
One of the most significant areas where Muslims differ about God is his creation of the world and humankind. Holy Quran Reading. Muslims believe that God created humans from clay. On the other hand, Christians believe that God created Adam from the dust of the earth.
What is the creator of the heavens and earth like?
“God is not like other humans,” Saleem said. “He’s infinite, indescribable, and omnipresent, so his attributes cannot be defined. So he cannot be called masculine or feminine. God cannot be analyzed by human intellect, but instead is explained only by revelation.”
How many days is he with his creation?
“God created the heavens and the earth in six 24-hour days. But since the day we are celebrating today is the Eid al-Fitr, the holiday commemorating the end of Ramadan, we are going by the Islamic lunar calendar, which calculates the length of days differently than the lunar calendar,” said Saleem. “In Islam, the Muslim calendar is used to mark the Islamic years.”
As for the state of nature, Muslims believe that all-powerful God created mankind in the Garden of Eden as “shareholders” in the earth. Holy Quran ReadingAccording to Islam, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and broke his commandment to not eat from the tree of knowledge.
For that transgression, God sent down a plague of locusts who stole man’s food and exposed him to temptation. In response, Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. In the seventh century, Muslims believe that God sent a messenger named Ishmael to tell them that they must return to the land of the living if they wanted to be saved.
So God is cold-hearted?
“All right, but God also commands us to love each other,” Saleem said. “Even when a Muslim is killing another Muslim, he says he’s doing it to save him. If he truly believed that he should be killed, he wouldn’t obey the commands of God. So, no, I don’t think God is coldhearted.”
How can a dead person communicate with God?
“What is really unusual about God is that he is, in fact, present in everyone and in everyone, he is everywhere,” Saleem said. “If a person dies and is buried, and he believes that he will be resurrected, he will be reborn, like we are reborn from one birth to another.
God can be anywhere at any time. He doesn’t have a permanent home. He’s everywhere, and when you think of God, think of God not as a faraway God, but think of him as present with you all the time.”
To Muslims, he is also omnipresent. In their words, the prophet Muhammad said, “If God is sitting in a corner of a room and you sit at the other end of the room, you can hear his voice in a distance.”
All of this makes many Christians and Jews a little uncomfortable.
“I have never met a Muslim who actually says that Islam is a fair and just religion, because of the problems that are present with Muslims and their treatment of people of other faiths,” said Brian Daniels, a psychologist and a member of the State University of New York at New Paltz faculty of philosophy and religion.
“The fact that God can do anything and can do everything, and if we can’t understand his ways and the nature of his will, we are to be shunned and considered as unfaithful, is so far from the Christian and Jewish belief that anyone who tries to apply that to their own religions is missing the point and gets in their own way.”
What is the basic rule of prayer in Islam?
“In the holy Quran, the first thing that Allah tells us to do when we pray is to bow down before him, to call him by his name, ‘O Lord.’ And we don’t pray with any form of affirmation or negation, or telling him what we want,” Saleem said.
“It’s very much about thankfulness and supplication. After that, he gives us guidance on how to pray, what to do, and how to bow. After that, the rest is up to us. If we get stuck somewhere, we can always go back to his word and keep on praying until we come to a place of clarity.”
What are some of the world’s great mosques?
“I personally visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Al-Hussaini Mosque in Najaf, Iraq,” Saleem said. “I was deeply moved by both places, as well as the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem. Also, I had the honor to meet some Muslims during my mission to Mecca.
Some of them are experts on Islamic architecture, such as Yusuf Altu’ai, who designed the first mosque in Malaysia, and who is famous for his expertise on Islamic architecture, and Dr. Raeesi Badeen, who designed a mosque in Bangladesh that took eight years to complete.”