10. Yunus (Jonah)

Meccan, 109 verses

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

  1. A.L.R. (Alif. Lam. Ra.). These are the verses of the wise book.

  2. Is it a surprise to people that We revealed to a man among them to warn the people, and to give good news to those who believe that they have a true footing with their Lord? The disbelievers say: “Indeed this is clearly a magician.”

  3. Indeed your Lord is God, the One Who created the skies and the earth in six days (stages), then He reigned the dominion directing the affair. There is no mediator except after His permission. That is God your Lord, so serve Him. Do you not take notice?

  4. Return of you all is to Him. God’s promise is true. He begins the creation then brings it back to justly reward those who believe and do good, and those who disbelieve will have a drink of boiling water and a painful punishment for what they used to disbelieve.

  5. He is the One Who made the sun shine and the moon a (reflection of) light and determined its positions so you know the number of years and the count (of days and time). God rightfully created that. He explains the signs for people who know.

  6. Indeed in the alternation (and the difference) between night and day and what God created in the skies and the earth there are signs for people who are cautious (of God).

  7. Indeed those who do not expect to meet Us and are happy with this world’s life and are satisfied with it, and those who are negligent of Our signs,

  8. their housing will be the fire, for what they were doing.

  9. Indeed those who believe and do good, their Lord guides them to the gardens of delight which rivers flow through them, because of their belief.

  10. Their prayer in it is: “God, glory to You.” And their greeting in it is: “Peace (and well-being).” And the end of their prayer is that all praise belongs to God, the Lord of humankind.

  11. If God rushes to badness (and punishment) for people as they want to hurry for the good (things), their term would be complete (and they would be punished). So We leave those who do not expect to meet Us, blindly wandering in their rebellion.

  12. And when harm happens to human being, he calls on Us (lying) on his side or sitting or standing, but when We remove his harm from him, he moves on as if he did not call on Us for harm that happened to him. That is how what they are doing is beautified for the excessive ones.

  13. And We have certainly destroyed the generations before you when they did wrong while their messenger brought them clear evidences and they would not believe. That is how We payback guilty people.

  14. Then We made you successors on the earth after them to see how you do.

  15. When Our clear signs are read to them, those who do not expect to meet Us, say: “Bring a Quran other than this or change it.Say: “It is not for me to change it on my own accord, I only follow what is revealed to me, indeed I am afraid of the punishment of a great day if I disobey my Lord.”

  16. Say: “If God had wanted, I would not have read it to you, and He would not have made you know about it, and I have stayed among you a lifetime before that, do you not understand?”

  17. Who is more wrong than someone who makes up a lie (and attributes it) to God or denies His signs? Indeed the guilty ones do not succeed.

  18. And besides God they serve something that does not harm them and does not benefit them, and they say: “These are our mediators before God.” Say: “Do you inform God of something that He does not know in the skies or on the earth?” He is flawless and is above what they associate (with Him).

  19. People were only a single community then they disagreed, and if it was not for a word that previously issued by your Lord, it would have been judged between them about what they disagreed about it.

  20. And they say: “Why a miracle was not sent down to him from his Lord?” Say: “The unseen is only for God (to know), so wait and I am with you among those who wait.”

  21. And when We make people taste a mercy after a harm that happened to them, they immediately have a plot against Our signs. Say: “God is faster in planning.” Indeed Our messengers (angels) write down what you plot.

  22. He is the One Who makes you go in the land and the sea until you are in the ships and they sail with them with a nice wind and they are happy with it, then a strong wind comes to it and the waves come to them from every side and they think they are surrounded by it, (then) they call on God being sincere to Him in the religion (saying:) “If You save us from this, we shall be of the thankful ones.”

  23. But when He saves them, then they unjustifiably commit injustice on earth. People, your wrong (actions) for enjoyment of this world's life is only against yourselves, then your return is to Us and We inform you of what you were doing.

  24. The example of this world's life is indeed like a rain that We sent it down from the sky, then the plants of the earth, from which people and livestock eat, mixes with it, until the earth takes its decoration and is beautified, and its inhabitants think that they have power over it, then Our command comes to it by night or day and We make it as a mowed-down field as if it did not exist the day before. That is how We explain the signs for people who think.

  25. And God invites to the house of peace (and well-being) and He guides anyone He wants to a straight path.

  26. For those who did good is the good (reward) and more, and neither darkness nor humiliation covers their faces. They are inhabitants of the garden remaining in there forever.

  27. And those who did bad, payback of bad is equal to it and humiliation covers them. They have no defender against God, (their faces will be black) as if their faces are covered with pieces of the night's darkness. They are inhabitants of the fire remaining in there forever.

  28. On a day that We gather them all, then We tell those who associated (partners with Us:) “Stay at your place, you and your partners.” Then We separate them from one another. And their partners say: “It was not us that you were serving,

  29. and God is enough as witness between us and between you, that we were unaware of your servitude.”

  30. There, every person examines what it did in the past, and they are returned to God, their rightful protector/master, and what they used to fabricate has abandoned them.

  31. Say: “Who provides you from the sky and the earth, or who owns the hearing and the sight, and who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living, and who regulates the affairs?” They are going to say: “God.” Then say: Will you not be cautious (of Him)?”

  32. This is God, your true Lord. What is there beyond the truth except the error (and lie)? Then, how are you turned away (from the truth)?

  33. That is how your Lord's word proves to be true against those who disobey, that they will not believe.

  34. Say: “Does any of your partners (of God) start the creation then brings it back?” Say: “God starts the creation and then brings it back, so how do you deviate?”

  35. Say: “Is there any of your partners (of God) who guides to the truth?” Say: “God guides to the truth. Is one who guides to the truth more deserving to be followed or one who does not guide (or does not find the way) unless he is guided, then what is the matter with you? What is your opinion?”

  36. And most of them only follow guess (and speculation). Indeed guess (and speculation) has no use against the truth at all. God knows what they do.

  37. And this Quran is not made up by anyone other than God, and it is a confirmation of what is before it, and an explanation of the book (or God’s mandates), no doubt about it (that it is) from the Lord of humankind.

  38. Or do they say: “He (Muhammad) has made it up?” Say: “Then bring a chapter like it, and call on anyone you can (for help) other than God, if you are truthful.”

  39. No, but they deny what they do not have knowledge of it, and its interpretation (of its events) has not come to them. Those before them also denied like that. So see what the end of the wrongdoers was.

  40. And some of them believe in it and some of them do not believe in it, and your Lord best knows the corruptors.

  41. And if they deny you, then say: “My work is for me and your work is for you, you are clear of what I do and I am clear of what you do.

  42. Some of them listen to you. Can you make the deaf listen even though they do not understand?

  43. Some of them look at you. Can you guide the blind (by showing the way) even though they do not see?

  44. Indeed God does not wrong people at all, but people wrong themselves.

  45. And a day that He gathers them (will be) as if they only stayed for only an hour of the day. They recognize each other. Those who denied meeting of God have lost and they were not the guided ones.

  46. And whether We show you some of what We promise them or We make you die (before that), their return is to Us, then God is witness over what they do.

  47. And for every community is a messenger. So when their messenger comes, it would be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged.

  48. And they say: “When is this promise (coming), if you are truthful?”

  49. Say: “I have no power of harm or benefit for myself except what God wants. For every community there is a period (to believe), when their time comes, they cannot delay for an hour or put it forward.

  50. Say: “What do you think, if His punishment comes to you by night or by day? What part of it do the guilty ones want to be rushed?”

  51. Will you believe in it when it occurs? Now? And you wanted it to be rushed.

  52. Then it is said to those who did wrong: “Taste the eternal punishment, are you being punished for (anything) other than what you used to do?”

  53. And they want you to tell if it (the punishment) is true. Say: “Yes, by my Lord, it is indeed true and you cannot disable/escape it.”

  54. And if each person that did wrong had all that is on the earth, he would ransom with it, and he would hide (his) regret when he sees the punishment. And it will be judged between them with justice and they will not be wronged.

  55. Surely, whatever is in the skies and the earth belongs to God. Know that God’s promise is true, but most of them do not know.

  56. He gives life and causes death, and you are returned to Him.

  57. People, an advice has come to you from your Lord, and a healing for what is in the chests/minds and a guidance and a mercy for the believers.

  58. Say: “They should be happy with God’s grace and His mercy.That is better than what they accumulate.

  59. Say: “Do you see that God has sent down some provision to you, then you have made some of it unlawful and some lawful?Say: “Has God permitted you or you fabricate (lies and attribute them) to God?

  60. What do those who fabricate lies (and attribute them) to God think about the Resurrection Day? God is indeed gracious to people, but most of them do not thank.

  61. You will not be in any situation/affair, and you will not read any part of Quran, and you will not do any action unless We are witness over you when you engage in it. Not even a tiny particle on the earth or in the sky, and not smaller or larger than that, escapes your Lord, but it is in a clear book.

  62. Surely, God's friends have no fear and no sadness,

  63. those who believe and are cautious (of God),

  64. they have the good news in this world’s life and in the Hereafter. There is no change in God's words. That is the great victory.

  65. And their talk should not make you sad. Indeed all the honor (and power) belongs to God. He hears all and knows all.

  66. Be aware, everyone in the skies and on the earth, and whatever partners they follow besides God, belong to God. They only follow the speculation, and they only guess.

  67. He is the One Who made the night for you to rest in it and the day to see. There are signs in that for people who listen.

  68. They said: “God has taken a child.” He is flawless, He has no need, everything in the skies and on the earth belongs to Him. You have no reason for this. Do you say about God something you do not know?

  69. Say: “Those who fabricate lies (and attribute them) to God do not succeed.

  70. A little enjoyment in this world, then their return is to Us, then We make them taste the severe punishment for what they used to disbelieve.

  71. And read them the story of Noah, when he said to his people: “People, if my position and my reminding you of God's signs is hard on you, I put my trust in God, so you and your partners (of God) get your affair together, and there should be no doubt about your affair for you, then carry it out against me and do not wait,

  72. but if you turn away, (then remember that) I did not ask you for any wage, my wage is upon God, and I have been ordered to be of the submitted.”

  73. They denied him, so We saved him and those with him in the Ark, and We made them successors, and We drowned those who denied Our signs. So see what the end of those who were warned was?

  74. Then after him We sent messengers to their people, and they brought them clear evidences, but they were not to believe in what they denied it in the past. That is how We seal the hearts of those who exceed the limits.

  75. Then after them, We sent Moses and Aaron with Our signs to Pharaoh and his assembly, but they acted arrogantly and they were guilty people.

  76. When the truth came to them from Us, they said: “This is an obvious magic.”

  77. Moses said: “Do you say about the truth that has come to you: ‘is this magic?’ while the magicians do not succeed.”

  78. They said: “Did you come to us to turn us away from what we found our fathers upon it, and you two become great in the land? We are not believers in you two.”

  79. And Pharaoh said: “Bring me every knowledgeable magician.”

  80. And when the magicians came, Moses told them: “Throw what you want to throw.”

  81. When they threw, Moses said: “What you brought is magic, indeed God will nullify it. Indeed God does not make right the work of the corruptors.”

  82. God proves the truth with His words, even if the guilty ones dislike it.

  83. No one believed in Moses except descendants of his people (Tribe of Levi), because of fear of Pharaoh and their assembley (or their own leaders) that they persecute them. Indeed Pharaoh was dominant/powerful on the earth and he was among the excessive ones.

  84. And Moses said: “My people, if you believe in God, then put your trust in Him if you are submitted.”

  85. Then they said: “We put our trust in God, our Lord, do not make us a test for the wrongdoing people,

  86. and save us from the disbelieving people by Your mercy.”

  87. And We revealed to Moses and his brother: “Settle your people in Egypt's houses, and make your houses face each other (or make them places of worship) and perform mandatory prayer, and give good news to the believers.”

  88. And Moses said: “Our Lord, you gave Pharaoh and his assembly luxury and wealth in this world’s life; our Lord, they misguide (people) from your way; our Lord, destroy their wealth and harden their hearts for they will not believe until they see the painful punishment.”

  89. He (God) said: “Prayer of you two has been answered, so stay on course (and persevere) and do not follow the way of those who do not know.”

  90. And We made the children of Israel cross the sea, then Pharaoh and his troops followed them aggressively and with hatred, until drowning overtook him, he said: “I believe that there is no god except the One that the children of Israel believed in Him, and I am of the submitted.”

  91. (He was told:) “Now? While you have disobeyed in the past and you were of the corruptors!

  92. Today, We save your (dead) body so that you may be a sign for those who succeed you. Indeed a lot of people are negligent of Our signs.”

  93. And We settled down the children of Israel in an excellent settlement, and provided them with good things, and they only disagreed after knowledge came to them. Indeed on the Resurrection Day your Lord judges between them regarding what they used to disagree about.

  94. (Muhammad,) if you are in doubt about what We sent down to you, then ask those who read the book (that was sent down) before you. Indeed the truth has come to you from your Lord, so do not be of the doubters.

  95. And do not be among those who deny God's signs, because you become of the losers.

  96. Indeed those whom the word of your Lord proved against them would not believe,

  97. even if every sign (miracle) comes to them, until they see the painful punishment.

  98. Why was there no town that believed and their belief benefited them except people of Jonah? When they believed, We removed the humiliating punishment in this world’s life from them, and We let them enjoy for a while (in their lifetime).

  99. And if your Lord had wanted, everyone on the earth would have believed altogether. Do you then force people to become believers?

  100. No one is to believe except with God’s permission (according to His laws), and He puts the filth on those who do not understand.

  101. Say: “Look at what is in the skies and the earth.” But the signs and the warnings will not be of any use to people who do not believe.

  102. Do they wait for (anything) but similar days (of punishment) of those (disbelievers) who passed on before them? Say: “Wait and I am with you among the waiters.”

  103. Then (at the end) We save our messengers and those who believe. It is Our responsibility to save the believers.

  104. Say: “People, if you are in doubt about my way of life (religion), then (be aware that) I do not serve those you serve other than God, but I serve God, the One Who makes you die, and I am ordered to be of the believers.”

  105. And (I am ordered) that: “Set your course (and purpose) to the true way of life (religion) and do not be of the idolaters,

  106. and do not call on other than God, something that does not benefit you or harm you, and if you do, then you are indeed of the wrongdoers,

  107. and if God afflicts you with harm, no one can remove it except Him, and if He wants good for you, no one can hold back His grace, He allocates it to any of His servants He wants, and He is the forgiving and the merciful.”

  108. Say: “People, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so anyone who is guided then he is only guided for himself, and whoever loses (the right path) then he has only erred against himself, and I am not your advocate.”

  109. And (you Muhammad,) follow what is revealed to you and persevere (and be patient) until God judges. He is the best of judges.