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Yunus (Jonah)
as rendered by Musharraf Hussain
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Musharraf Hussain rendition of Surah Jonah(Yunus)
10:1 Alif Lam Ra’. These are the verses of the Book full of wisdom.
10:2 Are people surprised We revealed to one of their men: “Warn the people, and give good news to the believers that they are on sure footing with their Lord”? The disbelievers say, “He’s clearly a magician.”
10:3 Allah is Your Lord, He created the Heavens and the Earth in six days then established Himself on the throne, overseeing the running of the entire universe. No one can intercede without His permission: such is Allah, your Lord, so worship Him. Won’t you pay attention?
10:4 You will return to Him. Allah’s promise is true. He initiates the process of creation and after its death will restore it, to reward fairly the believers and those who performed righteous deeds. But the disbelievers will have scalding water to drink and a painful punishment because of what they denied.
10:5 He gave the sun its radiant glow and the moon its light, He determined their phases precisely, so you might calculate the passing years and keep time. Allah created this for a purpose; so people of knowledge can understand the signs of creation.
10:6 In the rotation of day and night, and in the creation of the Heavens and the Earth, there are signs for people who are mindful.
10:7 Those who don’t expect to meet Us, are pleased with worldly life, feel at ease and have chosen to ignore Our signs,
10:8 their final home shall be the Fire, a consequence of their activities.
10:9 Those who believed and did righteous deeds, their Lord will guide them by strengthening their faith, and lead them to the gardens of delight beneath which rivers flow.
10:10 Here their prayer will be, “Glory to you, Allah!” And their greeting will be, “Peace,” and the closing prayer will be, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of all realms.”
10:11 If Allah were hasty in punishing people as they would hasten their reward, their fate would have been sealed, so We leave those who do not expect to meet Us to wander aimlessly in their disobedience.
10:12 Whenever troubles distress a person, he prays to Us sitting, standing or lying down on his side; but as soon as We remove the cause of his hardship, he carries on as though he had never prayed to Us to ease his hardship. That is how their activities appear attractive to the extravagant.
10:13 We destroyed many generations before you when they did wrong, and messengers came with clear signs to them, but still they didn’t believe. That’s how We deal with sinful people.
10:14 Then afterwards, We made you successors in the land, so We could see how you would behave.
10:15 Whenever Our verses are recited, those who don’t expect to meet Us say, “Bring us a Quran other than this one, or else alter it.” Say: “It is not for me to change it by myself. I follow what is revealed to me; and I fear the torment of an overwhelming day, if I disobey My Lord.”
10:16 Say: “If Allah wanted, I would not have recited it to you, nor would He have informed you of it. I spent my entire life among you before it was revealed. Can you not think it through?”
10:17 Who then is a greater wrongdoer than the one who makes up lies about Allah or who denies His verses? Certainly, evildoers will not succeed.
10:18 Yet they worship besides Allah idols which can’t harm or benefit them, and they say, “These are our intercessors with Allah.” Say: “Are you informing Allah of what He doesn’t know in the Heavens and the Earth?” Glory be to Him! He is exalted above all they associate with Him.
10:19 At one time all people were a single community, then they started to disagree, and if it had not been for an earlier decree of Your Lord, the differences between them would have been settled long ago.
10:20 They say, “If only a sign would come down to him from his Lord,” Say: “The unseen belongs to Allah alone. So, wait for that sign, and I shall be waiting with you.”
10:21 When We let people enjoy Our kindness following a hard time they plot to cover up Our goodness. Say: “Allah is the swiftest planner.” Our messenger angels record all you’re plotting.
10:22 He lets you travel by land and sea, and when you are on board a ship, sailing happily along with a favourable wind, then suddenly a gale wind blows with waves from every direction and they realise they are trapped; at that moment they pray to Allah, sincerely and faithfully: “If You save us from this, we will be forever grateful.”
10:23 However, no sooner does He rescue them then, unashamedly, they are disrespectful throughout the land. People, your disrespect will only count against you – How brief is the enjoyment of this worldly life! – You will return to Us, and We shall inform you what you did.
10:24 This worldly life is like the water We send down from the sky, it soaks the soil and the plants, which are eaten by the people and livestock. They grow until the land takes on beautiful colours and appears attractive, and its owners think they have control over it, then Our command comes, at night or by day, and We leave it looking like stubble after the harvest, as though it never existed a day earlier. This is how We explain the signs for people who reflect.
10:25 Allah calls people to the home of Heavenly peace, and He guides the one who pleases Him along a straight path.
10:26 For those who are righteous, there will be an excellent reward and more beside; neither dust nor disgrace will stain their faces, such people will be the companions of Paradise, living there forever.
10:27 The wrongdoers will get a matching reward; disgrace will stain them, and they will have no one to protect them from Allah’s punishment. As though their faces are masked bit by bit with the pitch darkness of night. Such people will be the companions of the Fire, living there forever.
10:28 The day We gather them together, We will say to idolaters, “This place is for you and your partners.” Then We shall separate them, and their partners will say, “You didn’t worship us,
10:29 Allah is sufficient as a witness between us and you, we were unaware of your worship.”
10:30 There, every soul will be forced to confront what it did in the past as they are returned to Allah, their true Master, all the idols they devised will desert them.
10:31 Say: “Who provides for you from the Heavens and Earth, and Who has the power of granting hearing and sight? And Who brings forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living? And Who oversees the running of the entire universe?” “Allah!” They will say. So, say: “Won’t you be mindful of Him?
10:32 Such is Allah, your true Lord. And, beyond truth, what is there except falsehood? So where else can you turn?”
10:33 This is how your Lord’s statement against the evildoers has been justified, that they don’t believe.
10:34 Say: “Has any of your partners initiated the process of creation and will then restore it to its original state?” Tell them: “It is Allah Who initiates creation and then restores it. Why then are you telling lies?”
10:35 Say: “Does any of your partners guide to the truth?” Say: “Only Allah guides to the truth. So isn’t He deserving to be followed or is it the one who can’t act as a guide unless he is guided? So, what’s the matter with you, that you make such decisions?”
10:36 Most of them are simply speculating, but speculation is no substitute for the truth. Allah knows well what they do.
10:37 This Quran could not have been invented independently of Allah; rather it confirms what came before it and is an explanation of that Book in which there is no doubt, which is from the Lord of the universe.
10:38 Or do they say, “He has invented it”? If so, say: “Produce a single chapter like it, then call on anyone you can besides Allah to act as a witness, if you are telling the truth.”
10:39 Rather they deny that which they lack the knowledge to understand, and whose interpretation has yet to reach them. That is exactly how those before them used to falsely deny, so wait and see what the outcome will be for the wrongdoers.
10:40 Some believe in it, but others don’t; Your Lord is aware of the immoral crooks.
10:41 If they deny you, say: “For me, my deeds and for you yours! You are innocent of what I do, just as I am innocent of what you do.”
10:42 Some of them pretend to listen to you. Can you make the deaf hear? Especially those who don’t think?
10:43 Some of them look at you but how can you guide the blind, since they can’t see?
10:44 Allah doesn’t wrong people in any way; rather it is they who wrong themselves.
10:45 On the day when He gathers them, and as they recognise each other, it will be as though they had lingered no more than a daylight hour. Those who denied they would meet Allah will find out they have lost everything and were not at all guided.
10:46 Whether We show you in advance something of what We have threatened them with, or whether We cause you to die first, they will return to Us; Allah is a witness of all they do.
10:47 Every community had a messenger; and when their messenger came, justice was done and no one was wronged.
10:48 And they say, “When is this promise to be fulfilled, if you are truthful?”
10:49 Say: “Even for myself, I have no control over what brings benefit or harm, except to the extent that Allah wills. Every community has a certain span of life; and, when their lifespan comes to an end, they can neither postpone nor advance it by a single hour.”
10:50 Say: “Have you considered, if His torment were to come to you, at night or day, what part of it the sinners would want to hasten?
10:51 Is it then you would believe in it once it has happened, only to be told, ‘What? Now’, when before you wanted to hasten it?”
10:52 The wrongdoers will be told, “Taste the everlasting torment. This is the only fitting reward for what you did.”
10:53 They question you, “Is it really true?” Say: “Yes, by My Lord, it is true, and you are unable to stop it.”
10:54 If every soul that sinned possessed all that is on Earth, it would offer it as a ransom. They will scarcely conceal their regret when they see the punishment, and justice will be done so that none of them is wronged.
10:55 Doesn’t everything in the Heavens and the Earth belong to Allah? Isn’t Allah’s promise true? Most don’t know.
10:56 He gives life and death, finally you will return to Him.
10:57 People, your Lord’s teachings have come to you; they’re a healing balm for the diseases of the heart, guidance and beneficial teachings for the believers.
10:58 Say: “It’s Allah’s grace and kindness, so celebrate, it’s better than all the wealth they accumulate.”
10:59 Say: “Have you ever thought about the provision that Allah has sent down for you, and which you declare either lawful or unlawful?” Say: “Has Allah given you permission to do so, or are you inventing lies about Allah?”
10:60 What do those who invent lies about Allah think will happen on Judgement Day? Allah is Gracious towards people, yet most of them are ungrateful.
10:61 Whatever matter you are dealing with, Messenger, and whatever part of the Quran you are reciting; and whatever you are doing, We are witnessing what you are doing. Not an atom’s weight on Earth or in the Heavens is hidden from your Lord; nothing bigger or smaller exists that isn’t recorded in a clear Book.
10:62 Beware, Allah’s friends have no fear, nor do they grieve.
10:63 They believe and are mindful of Allah,
10:64 for them are glad tidings in this worldly life and in the Hereafter. There is no change to Allah’s rulings; that’s a great victory.
10:65 So don’t be saddened by what they say. All the power is Allah’s. He is the Hearer, the Knower.
10:66 Beware, everything in the Heavens and Earth belongs to Allah! Whatever they follow and who they call on as partners beside Allah are merely speculations and lies.
10:67 He made the night for you to rest and the day to earn a livelihood. In this there are signs for people who listen.
10:68 They said, “Allah has adopted a son.” Glory to Him! He is the Self-Sufficient. Whatever is in the Heavens and on Earth belongs to Him. Do you have any proof for this claim? How can you say what you don’t know about Allah?
10:69 Say: “Those who fabricate lies about Allah never succeed.”
10:70 Let them experience enjoyment in this world; then they will return to Us, and We shall make them taste severe punishment because of their disbelief.
10:71 Tell them about Nuh, when he said to his people, “My people, if you find my presence and my reminder of Allah’s signs offensive, I put my trust in Allah. Agree together with your partners a plan of action, then do not be hesitant to carry it out, and grant me no respite.
10:72 If you choose to turn your backs, then know that I have not asked you for any reward; my reward is with Allah, and I have been told to be with those who submit to His will.”
10:73 They rejected him, so We rescued him and his followers in a ship and made them successors in the land, and We drowned those who denied Our signs. So, take note of the fate of those who were warned.
10:74 After Nuh, We sent messengers, each to their own people. They came to them with clear signs, but they weren’t willing to believe in what they had previously denied. That is how We seal the hearts of offenders.
10:75 After them, We sent Musa and Harun with Our signs to Pharaoh and his courtiers, but they responded arrogantly, they were wicked people.
10:76 When the truth came to them from Us, they said, “This is clearly magic.”
10:77 Musa said, “Is this how you speak about truth when it comes to you? Do you call this magic, when you know that magicians never achieve anything?”
10:78 They said, “Have you come to turn us away from what we found our forefathers doing, so you two may rule over us? We don’t believe you.”
10:79 Pharaoh said, “Bring me every expert magician.”
10:80 So, when the magicians came, Musa said to them, “Cast your spells.”
10:81 When they had cast their spells, Musa said, “You’ve performed magic. Allah will prove it to be fake; Allah will not allow the actions of those bent on corruption to succeed;
10:82 rather Allah will uphold the truth of His words, though the sinners hate that.”
10:83 No one believed in Musa – fearing that Pharaoh and his courtiers will persecute them – except some young people. Pharaoh behaved high-handedly throughout the land, and he was one of those who went beyond the bounds.
10:84 Musa said, “My people, since you chose to believe in Allah then put your trust in Him, if you have really submitted to His will.”
10:85 They replied, “We have put our trust in Allah, Our Lord, do not leave us at the mercy of the wicked people
10:86 and, by Your kindness, rescue us from the disbelieving people.”
10:87 We revealed to Musa and his brother: “Let your people take up residence in Egypt; and, Israelites, turn your homes into places of worship, and perform the prayer; and Musa, give glad tidings to the believers.”
10:88 Musa said, “Our Lord, You have given Pharaoh and his courtiers splendour and wealth in this worldly life so they are leading others astray from Your path. Our Lord, destroy their wealth and harden their hearts so that they do not believe until they see the painful punishment with their eyes.”
10:89 Allah said, “Your prayer has been accepted, remain steadfast, both of you, and do not follow the path of those who have no knowledge.”
10:90 Eventually, We led the Israelites across the sea, with Pharaoh and his army following them, full of aggression and hatred, until he drowned, Pharaoh said, “I believe there is no god except Him Who the Israelites believe, and I am one who submits to His will.”
10:91 “What, now?” Pharaoh was asked, “After all your disobedience as one of those bent on corruption?
10:92 Today We shall preserve your body, as a warning sign for whoever comes after you.” Unfortunately, many people are unaware of Our signs.
10:93 We settled the Israelites in comfortable houses and provided them wholesome food, and they did not disagree amongst themselves until after knowledge had come to them. Your Lord will judge between them on Judgement Day regarding their differences.
10:94 So, if you are in doubt about what We have revealed, then ask those who read the Book before you, the Jews. The truth has come to you from your Lord, so listener don’t be one of those who have doubts.
10:95 and do not be one of those who deny Allah’s signs, ultimately becoming the losers.
10:96 Those against whom your Lord’s statement is justified, they will not believe,
10:97 even if all the signs were to come to them at once, until – like Pharaoh – they see the painful punishment.
10:98 What a pity not a single town believed and benefitted from its faith, except the people of Yunus. When they believed, We removed the looming punishment of disgrace from them in this life, and We granted them respite for a while.
10:99 If Your Lord wanted, everyone on Earth would have believed. Will you force people to believe?
10:100 No one can believe without Allah’s approval, and He casts doubt in the minds of those who do not think.
10:101 Say: “Look at what’s in the Heavens and the Earth.” Yet signs and warnings are of no benefit to people who choose not to believe.
10:102 Do they expect an outcome other than what happened to those who passed before them? Say: “So wait for a sign, and I shall be with you waiting.”
10:103 We always rescued Our messengers and the believers. That is how it is: the believers rightly expect Us to save them.
10:104 Say: “People, if you have doubts about my religion, I won’t worship those you worship beside Allah; I shall worship Allah, Who will ultimately take your souls. I was ordered to be a believer,
10:105 and told: ‘Keep your face directed towards the true religion, in tune with your nature, and do not become an idolator.
10:106 Do not pray to something beside Allah that can neither benefit nor harm you; if you were to do so, you’ll be a wrongdoer.’”
10:107 If Allah allows harm to distress you, no one can remove it but Him, if He wishes good for you, then no one can turn aside His grace, which He grants to any one of His servants He pleases. He is the Forgiving, the Kind.
10:108 Say: “People, the truth from your Lord came. So, whoever accepts the guidance will benefit himself, and whoever goes astray will be harmed by doing so; I am not guardian over you.”
10:109 Messenger, follow what is revealed to you, and be patient until Allah makes judgement, He is the best judge.


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