068 – Al Qalam – The Pen

The letter ʻnunʼ with which this sura begins may mean the inkpot from which the pen gets the matter (the ink) with which its writing is effected to spread knowledge. The pen therefore represents the written form of the will of Allah for creation to reach its full potential. It indicates the Prophetʼs (pbuh) concern for literacy amongst the people. The sura describes the Prophet (pbuh) as the one with impeccable morals and directs him not to be disheartened by those who lied and slandered him calling him a madman. The parable of the owners of the garden who ended up losing their crop because of their arrogance is given here.