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Yunus (Jonah)
as rendered by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar

Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar rendition of Surah Jonah(Yunus)
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10:1 Al\f L[m R[.
10:2 These are the signs of the wise Book. Had it been for humanity to wonder that We revealed to a man from among them that: Warn humanity and give thou good tidings to those who believed so that they will have a sound footing with their Lord? The ones who are ungrateful said: Truly, this is one who is a clear sorcerer.
10:3 Truly, your Lord is God Who created the heavens and the earth in six days. Again, He turned Himself to the Throne managing the command. There is no intercessor but after His permission. That is God, your Lord, so worship Him alone. Will you not, then, recollect?
10:4 To Him is your return, altogether. The promise of God is true. It is He Who begins the creation. Again, He will cause it to return so that He may give recompense to those who believed and did as the ones in accord with morality with equity. And those who are ungrateful, for them is a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment because they had been ungrateful.
10:5 It is He Who made the sun an illumination and the moon as a light and ordained its mansions so that you would know the number of the years and the reckoning. God created that only in Truth. He explains distinctly the signs for a folk who know.
10:6 Truly, in the alternation of the nighttime and the daytime and whatever God has created in the heavens and the earth are signs for a folk who are Godfearing.
10:7 Truly, those who hope not for their meeting with Us, but were well-pleased with this present life and were secured in it, those, they are ones who are heedless of Our signs.
10:8 Those, their place of shelter will be the fire because of what they had been earning.
10:9 Truly, those who believed and did as the ones in accord with morality, their Lord will guide them in their belief. Rivers will run beneath them in Gardens of Bliss.
10:10 They will be calling out from there: Glory be to Thee, O God! And their greetings in it will be: Peace! And the last of their calling out will be that: The Praise belongs to God the Lord of the worlds!
10:11 And if God is to quicken the worst for humanity, as they would desire to hasten for the good, their term would be decided. But We forsake those who hope not for the meeting with Us, wandering unwilling to see in their defiance.
10:12 And when harm afflicted the human being, he calls to Us on his side or as one who sits at home or as one who is standing up. But when We removed his harm from him, he passed by as if he had never been calling to Us for harm that afflicted him. Thus, made to appear pleasing to the ones who are excessive is what they had been doing.
10:13 And, certainly, We caused to perish generations before you when they did wrong while their Messengers drew near with the clear portents, but they had not been such as to believe. Thus, We give recompense to the folk, the ones who sin.
10:14 Again, We made you viceregents on the earth after them that We look on how you would do.
10:15 And when are recounted to them Our signs, clear portents, those who hope not for their meeting with Us said: Bring us a Recitation other than this or substitute it. Say: It be not possible for me to substitute it of my own accord. I follow nothing but what is revealed to me. Truly, I fear if I rebelled against my Lord a punishment on the tremendous Day.
10:16 Say: If God willed, I would not have related it to you nor would He have caused you to recognize it. Surely, I lingered in expectation among you a lifetime before this. Will you not, then, be reasonable?
10:17 So who did greater wrong than he who devised a lie against God or denied His signs? Truly, the ones who sin will not prosper.
10:18 And they worship other than God things that injure them not, nor profit them. And they say: These are our intercessors with God. Say: Are you telling God of what He knows not in the heavens nor in and on the earth? Glory be to Him and exalted is He above partners they ascribe.
10:19 And humanity had not been but one community, but, then, they became at variance. And if it were not for a Word that preceded from thy Lord, it would be decided between them immediately about what they are at variance in it.
10:20 And they say: Why was a sign not caused to descend from his Lord? Say: Truly, the unseen belongs only to God. So wait awhile. Truly, I am with you of the ones who are waiting awhile.
10:21 And when We caused humanity to experience mercy after tribulation afflicted them, that is when they conspired against Our signs. Say: God is Swifter in planning. Truly, Our messengers write down what you plan.
10:22 He it is Who sets you in motion through dry land and the sea until when you had been in boats and they ran them with the good wind and they were glad in it. A tempest wind drew near them. Waves drew near from every place, and they thought that they were enclosed by it. They called to God, ones who are sincere and devoted in their way of life to Him saying: If Thou wert to rescue us from this, we will, certainly, be of the ones who are thankful.
10:23 But when He rescued them, that is when they are insolent in and on the earth without right. O humanity, your insolence is only against yourselves, an enjoyment of this present life. Again, to Us is your return. Then, We will tell you what you had been doing.
10:24 The parable of this present life is but like water that We caused to descend from heaven. It mingled with the plants of the earth—from which you eat—humanity and flocks—until when the earth took its ornaments and was decorated and its people thought that, truly, they are ones who have power over it! Our command approached it by nighttime or by daytime. Then, We made it stubble as if it flourished not yesterday. Thus, We explain distinctly the signs for a folk who reflect.
10:25 And God calls to the Abode of Peace and He guides whom He wills to a straight path.
10:26 For those who did good is the fairer and increase. Neither will gloom come over their faces nor abasement. Those are the Companions of the Garden. They are ones who will dwell in it forever.
10:27 And for those who earned evil deeds, the recompense of an evil deed will be its like and abasement will come over them. They will have none but God as One Who Saves from Harm. It is as if their faces were covered with a strip of the night, one in darkness. Those are the Companions of the Fire. They are ones who will dwell in it forever.
10:28 And on a Day We will assemble them altogether. Again, We will say to those who ascribed partners with God: Stay in your place, you and your ascribed associates. Then, We will set a space between them. And their ascribed associates would say: It had not been us that you were worshipping.
10:29 And God sufficed as a witness between you and between us. We had been of your worship certainly, ones who are heedless.
10:30 There every soul will be tried for what it has did in the past. And they would be returned to God, their Defender, The Truth. And from them will go astray what they had been devising.
10:31 Say: Who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? Who controls having the ability to hear and sight? And Who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who manages the command? They will, then, say: God! Say: Will you not be Godfearing?
10:32 Such is God, your Lord, The Truth. And what else is there after The Truth but wandering astray. Where, then, turn you away?
10:33 Thus, was the Word of thy Lord realized against those who disobeyed that they will not believe.
10:34 Say: Are there among your ascribed associates with God anyone who begins the creation and, then, causes it to return? Say: God begins the creation. Again, He causes it to return. Then, how you are misled!
10:35 Say: Are there among your ascribed associates with God anyone who guides to The Truth? Say: God guides to The Truth. Has not He who guides to The Truth a better right to be followed than he who guides not unless he himself be guided? What is the matter with you? How you give judgment!
10:36 And most of them follow nothing but opinion. Truly, opinion avails them not against The Truth at all. Truly, God is Knowing of what they accomplish.
10:37 This Recitation had not been devised by other than God because it establishes as true what was before it and as a decisive explanation of the Book. There is no doubt in it. It is from the Lord of the worlds.
10:38 Or they will say: He devised it. Say: Bring a Chapter of the Quran like it and call to whomever you were able—other than God—if you had been ones who are sincere.
10:39 Nay! They denied the knowledge that they comprehend not while approaches them not the interpretation. Thus, those who were before them denied. So look on how had been the Ultimate End of the ones who are unjust!
10:40 And of them are some who believe in it and of them are some who believe not in it. And thy Lord is greater in knowledge of the ones who make corruption.
10:41 And if they denied thee, then, thou say: For me are my actions and for you are your actions. You are free of what I do and I am free of what you do.
10:42 And among them are some who listen to thee. So hast thou caused someone unwilling to hear, to hear if they had not been reasonable?
10:43 And among them are some who look on thee. So hast thou guided the unwilling to see if they had not been perceiving?
10:44 Truly, God does not wrong humanity at all, but humanity does wrong itself.
10:45 And on a Day He will assemble them as if they had not been lingering in expectation but an hour of the daytime. They will recognize one another among themselves. Surely, those who denied lost the meeting with God and they had not been ones who are truly guided.
10:46 Whether We cause thee to see some of what We promise them or We call thee to Us, then, to Us is their return. Again, God will be witness to what they accomplish.
10:47 Every community has its Messenger. So, then, when their Messenger drew near, it would be decided between them with equity. And they, they will not be wronged.
10:48 And they say: When is this promise if you had been ones who are sincere?
10:49 Say: I control not either hurt or profit for myself, but what God willed. To every community there is a term. When their term draws near, neither will they delay it an hour nor will they press it forward.
10:50 Say: Considered you that if His punishment approached you at nighttime or at daytime, for which portion would the ones who sin be ones who seek to hasten?
10:51 Again, when it falls on you, believed you in it? Now? While you had been seeking to hasten it?
10:52 Again, it would be said to those who did wrong: Experience the infinite punishment! Will you be given recompense but for what you had been earning?
10:53 And they ask thee to be told: Is it true? Say: Yes! By my Lord it is The Truth and you are not ones who frustrate Him.
10:54 And if there would be for every person who did wrong whatever is in or on the earth, he would, certainly, offer it for his ransom. And they would keep secret their self-reproach when they considered the punishment. But it will be decided between them with equity. And they, they will not be wronged.
10:55 No doubt to God belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. No doubt the promise of God is true, but most of them know not.
10:56 It is He Who gives life and causes to die and to Him you will return.
10:57 O humanity! Surely, an admonishment drew near you from your Lord and a healing for what is in the breasts and a guidance and mercy for ones who believe.
10:58 Say: In the grace of God and in His mercy therein let them be glad. That is better than what they gather.
10:59 Say: Considered you from what God caused to descend for you of provision and that you made some of it unlawful and some lawful? Say: Gave God permission to you or devise you against God?
10:60 And what is the opinion of those who devise a lie against God on the Day of Resurrection? Truly, God is Possessor of Grace to humanity, but most of them give not thanks.
10:61 Neither hast thou been on any matter nor hast thou recounted from the Recitation nor are you doing any action but We had been ones who bear witness over you when you press on it. And nothing escapes from thy Lord of the weight of an atom in or on the earth nor in the heaven nor what is smaller than that nor what is greater than that but it is in a clear Book.
10:62 No doubt with the faithful friends of God there will be neither fear in them nor will they feel remorse.
10:63 Those who believed and had been Godfearing,
10:64 for them are good tidings in this present life and in the world to come. There is no substitution of the Words of God. That, it is the winning the sublime triumph.
10:65 And let not their saying dishearten thee.• Truly, all great glory belongs to God. He is The Hearing, The Knowing.
10:66 No doubt to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in and on the earth. And follow not those who call to ascribed associates other than God. They follow nothing but opinion and they do nothing but guess.
10:67 It is He Who made the nighttime for you so that you rest in it and the daytime for one who perceives. Truly, in this are signs for a folk who hear.
10:68 They said God took to Himself a son. Glory be to Him. He is Sufficient. To Him is whatever is in the heavens and in and on the earth. With you there is no authority for this. Say you against God what you know not?
10:69 Say: Truly, those who devise lies against God, they will not prosper,
10:70 only an enjoyment in the present! Again, to Us will be their return. Again, We will cause them to experience the severe punishment because they had been ungrateful.
10:71 And recount to them the tidings of Noah when he said to his folk: O my folk! If my station had been troublesome to you and my reminding you of the signs of God, then, in God I put my trust. So summon up your affair along with your ascribed associates. Again, there be no cause for doubt in your affair. Again, decide against me and give me no respite.
10:72 Then, if you turned away, I asked you not for any compensation. My compensation is with God. And I was commanded that I be of the ones who submit to God.
10:73 Then, they denied him, so We delivered him and some with him on the boat. And we made them the viceregents while We drowned those who denied Our signs. Then, look on how had been the Ultimate End of the ones who are warned!
10:74 Again, We raised up Messengers after him to their folk. They drew near them with the clear portents. But they had not been believing in what they had denied before of it. Thus, We set a seal on the hearts of the ones who exceed the limits.
10:75 Again, We raised up after them Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh and his Council with Our signs. Then, they grew arrogant, and they had been a folk, ones who sin.
10:76 So when The Truth drew near them from Us, they said: Truly, this is clear sorcery!
10:77 Moses said: Say you this about The Truth when it drew near you? Is this sorcery? And the ones who are sorcerers will not prosper.
10:78 They said: Hadst thou drawn near to us to turn us from what we found our fathers on so that the domination on the earth might be for you two? We are not ones who believe in both of you.
10:79 And Pharaoh said: Bring to me every one who is a knowing sorcerer.
10:80 And when the ones who are sorcerers drew near, Moses said to them: Cast down with ones who cast.
10:81 Then, when they cast Moses said: What you brought about is sorcery. Truly, God will render it untrue. Truly, God makes not right the actions of the ones who make corruption.
10:82 And God will verify The Truth by His Words, although the ones who sin disliked it much!
10:83 But none believed Moses but the offspring of his folk because of the fear of Pharaoh and his Council that he persecute them. And, truly, Pharaoh was one who exalted himself on the earth. And he was, truly, of the ones who are excessive.
10:84 And Moses said: O my folk! If you had been believing in God, then, put your trust in Him, if you had been ones who submit to God.
10:85 Then, they said: We put our trust in God. Our Lord! Make us not a temptation for the folk, the ones who are unjust.
10:86 And deliver us by Thy Mercy from the folk, the ones who are ungrateful.
10:87 And We revealed to Moses and his brother: Take as your dwellings, houses for your folk in Egypt. Make your houses a direction of formal prayer. And perform the formal prayer. And give good tidings to the ones who believe.
10:88 And Moses said: Our Lord! Thou hadst given to Pharaoh and his Council adornment and wealth in this present life. Our Lord! Cause them to go astray from Thy way. Our Lord! Obliterate their wealth and harden their hearts so that they believe not until they consider the painful punishment.
10:89 He said: Surely, you both were answered, so go straight both of you and follow not the way of those who know not.
10:90 And We brought the Children of Israel over the sea. And Pharaoh and his army pursued them in insolence and acting impulsively until when, overtaken by drowning, he said: I believed that there is no god but He in Whom the Children of Israel believed and I am among ones who submit to God.
10:91 It was said: Now, surely, thou hadst rebelled before and had been among the ones who make corruption.
10:92 On this day We will deliver thee with thy physical form that thou be a sign to whoever is after thee. And, truly, many among humanity are ones who are heedless of Our signs.
10:93 And, certainly, We placed the Children of Israel in a sound place of settlement and provided them with what is good. And they are not at variance until the knowledge drew near them. Truly, thy Lord will decree between them on the Day of Resurrection about what they had been at variance in it.
10:94 So if thou hadst been in uncertainty about what We caused to descend to thee, then, ask those who recited the Book before thee. Certainly, The Truth drew near thee from thy Lord so thou hast not been among the ones who contest.
10:95 Thou hast not been among those who denied the signs of God, for, then, thou wouldst be among the ones who are losers.
10:96 Truly, those against whom is realized through the Word of thy Lord, will not believe
10:97 —even if every sign drew near them—until they consider the painful punishment.
10:98 And had there been a town that believed and profited from its belief other than the folk of Jonah? When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of degradation in this present life and gave them enjoyment for a while.
10:99 And if thy Lord willed, all would have believed who are on the earth altogether. So wouldst thou compel humanity against their will until they become ones who believe?
10:100 And it would not have been for any person to believe but by the permission of God. And He lays disgrace on those who are not reasonable.
10:101 Say: Look on what is in the heavens and the earth. And neither the signs nor the warning avail a folk who believe not.
10:102 So wait they awhile but like in the days of those who passed away before them? Say: So wait awhile. I am with you among the ones waiting awhile!
10:103 Again, We rescue Our Messengers and those who believed. Thus, it is an obligation upon Us to deliver the ones who believe.
10:104 Say: O humanity! If you were in uncertainty as to my way of life, then, I will not worship those whom you worship other than God. Rather, I worship only God Who will call you to Himself. And I was commanded that I be among the ones who believe
10:105 and that: Settest thou thy face to the way of life of a monotheist. And be thou not among the ones who are polytheists.
10:106 And call not to other than God what neither profits nor hurts thee. And if thou wert to accomplish that, truly, thou wouldst be among the ones who are unjust.
10:107 And if God afflicts thee with harm, there is no one who removes it but He. And if He wants good for thee, there is no one who repels His grace. It lights on whomever He wills of His servants. And He is The Forgiving, The Compassionate.
10:108 Say: O humanity! Surely, The Truth drew near you from your Lord so whoever was truly guided, then, he is only truly guided for his own self. And whoever went astray, then, he only goes astray to his own loss. And I am not a trustee over you.
10:109 And follow thou what is revealed to thee. And have thou patience until God gives judgment. And He is Best of the ones who judge.


   


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