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Yunus (Jonah)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Jonah(Yunus)
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10:1 Alif. Lam. Ra. These are the verses of the Wise Book:
10:2 Does it seem strange to mankind that We revealed Our will to a mortal from among themselves, saying: 'Give warning to mankind, and proclaim good tidings to the faithful: their endeavours shall be rewarded by their Lord'? The unbelievers say: 'This man is a skilled enchanter.'
10:3 Yet your Lord is God, who in six days created the heavens and the earth and then ascended the throne, ordaining all things. None has power to intercede for you, except him who has received His sanction. Such is God, your Lord: therefore serve Him. Will you not take heed?
10:4 To Him shall you all return: God's promise shall be fulfilled. He brings the Creation into being and will then restore it, so that He may justly recompense those who have believed in Him and done good works. As for the unbelievers, scalding water shall they drink, and for their unbelief woeful punishment awaits them.
10:5 It was He that gave the sun his brightness and the moon her light, ordaining her phases that you may learn to compute the seasons and the years. God created them only to manifest the Truth. He makes plain His revelations to men of knowledge.
10:6 In the alternation of night and day, and in all that God has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for righteous men.
10:7 Those who entertain no hope of meeting Us, being pleased and contented with the life of this world, and those who pay no heed to Our revelations,
10:8 shall have the Fire as their home in requital for their deeds.
10:9 As for those that believe and do good works, God will guide them through their faith. Rivers will run at their feet in the Gardens of Delight.
10:10 Their prayer will be: 'Glory be to You, Lord!' and their greeting: 'Peace!' 'Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds' will be the burthen of their plea.
10:11 Had God hastened the punishment of men as they would hasten their reward, their fate would have been sealed. Therefore We leave those who entertain no hope of meeting Us to their wrongdoing, ever straying from the right path.
10:12 When misfortune befalls man, he prays to Us lying on his side, sitting, or standing on his feet. But as soon as We relieve his affliction he pursues his former ways, as though he never prayed for Our help. Thus their foul deeds seem fair to the transgressors.
10:13 We destroyed generations before your time on account of the wrongs they did; their apostles came to them with veritable signs, but they would not believe. Thus shall We reward the guilty.
10:14 Then We made you their successors in the land, so that We might observe how you would conduct yourselves.
10:15 When Our clear revelations are recited to them, those who entertain no hope of meeting Us say to you: 'Give us a different Koran, or change it.' Say: 'It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow only what is revealed to me, for I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of a fateful day.'
10:16 Say: 'Had God pleased, I would never have recited it to you, nor would He have made you aware of it. A whole lifetime I dwelt among you before its coming. Will you not understand?'
10:17 Who is more wicked than the man who invents a falsehood about God or denies His revelations? Truly, the evil–doers shall not triumph.
10:18 They worship idols that can neither harm nor help them, and say: 'These will intercede for us with God.' Say: 'Do you presume to tell God of what He knows to exist neither in the heavens nor on earth?' Glory be to Him! Exalted be He above the gods they serve besides Him!
10:19 There was a time when mankind were but one community. Then they disagreed among themselves: and but for a Word from your Lord, long since decreed, their differences would have been firmly resolved.
10:20 And they ask: 'Why has no sign been sent down to him by his Lord?' Say: 'God alone has knowledge of what is hidden. Wait if you will: I too am waiting.'
10:21 No sooner do We show mercy to a people after some misfortune has afflicted them than they begin to scheme against Our revelations. Say: 'More swift is God's scheming. Our angels are recording your intrigues.'
10:22 It is He who guides them by land and sea. They embark: and as the ships set sail, rejoicing in a favourable wind, a raging tempest overtakes them. Billows surge upon them from every side and they fear they are encompassed by death. They pray to God with all fervour, saying: 'Deliver us from this peril and we will be truly thankful.'
10:23 Yet when He does deliver them, they perpetrate corruption in the land and act unjustly. You people! It is your own souls that you are corrupting. Take your enjoyment in this life: to Us shall you then return, and We will declare to you all that you have done.
10:24 This present life is like the rich garment with which the earth adorns itself when watered by the rain We send down from the sky. Crops, sustaining man and beast, grow luxuriantly: but, as the earth's tenants begin to think themselves its masters, down comes Our scourge upon it, by night or by day, laying it waste, as though it did not blossom but yesterday. Thus do We make plain Our revelations to thoughtful men.
10:25 God invites you to the Home of Peace. He guides whom He will to a straight path.
10:26 Those that do good works shall have a good reward, and more besides. Neither blackness nor misery shall overcast their faces. They are the heirs of Paradise, wherein they shall abide for ever.
10:27 As for those that have done evil, evil shall be rewarded with evil. Misery will oppress them (they shall have none to protect them from God), as though patches of the night's own darkness veiled their faces. They are the heirs of the Fire, wherein they shall abide for ever.
10:28 On the day We assemble them all together, We shall say to the idolaters: 'Keep to your places, you and your idols!' We will separate them one from another, and then their idols will say to them: 'It was not us that you worshipped.
10:29 Sufficient is God as our witness, and your witness. Nor were we aware of your worship.'
10:30 Thereupon each soul will know what it has done. They shall be sent back to God, their true Lord, and the idols they invented will forsake them.
10:31 Say: 'Who provides for you from heaven and earth? Who has endowed you with sight and hearing? Who brings forth the living from the dead, and the dead from the living? Who ordains all things?' They will reply: 'God.' Say: 'Will you not take heed, then?
10:32 Such is God, your true Lord. That which is not true must needs be false.How then can you turn away?'
10:33 Thus is the Word of your Lord made good about the evil–doers. They will not believe.
10:34 Say: 'Can any of your idols bring the Creation into being, and then restore it?' Say: 'God brings the Creation into being, and will then restore it. How is it that you are so misled?'
10:35 Say: 'Can any of your idols give guidance to the truth?' Say: 'God gives guidance to the truth. Who is more worthy to be followed: He that can give guidance to the truth, or he that cannot and is himself in need of guidance? What has come over you that you so judge?'
10:36 Most of them follow nothing but mere conjecture. But conjecture is in no way a substitute for truth. God is cognizant of all their actions.
10:37 This Koran could not have been devised by any but God. It confirms what was revealed before it and fully explains the Scriptures. It is beyond doubt from the Lord of the Worlds.
10:38 If they say: 'He invented it himself,' say: 'Bring me one chapter like it. Call on whom you may besides God to help you, if what you say be true!'
10:39 Indeed, they disbelieve what they cannot grasp, for they have not yet seen its prophecy fulfilled. Likewise did those before them disbelieve. But see what was the end of the wrongdoers.
10:40 Some believe in it, while others do not. But your Lord best knows the evil–doers.
10:41 If they disbelieve you, say: 'My deeds are mine and your deeds are yours. You are not accountable for my actions, nor am I accountable for what you do.'
10:42 Some of them listen to you. But can you make the deaf hear you, incapable as they are of understanding?
10:43 Some of them look upon you. But can you show the way to the blind, bereft as they are of sight?
10:44 Indeed, in no way does God wrong mankind, but men wrong themselves.
10:45 The day will come when He will gather them all together, as though they had sojourned in this world but for an hour. They will acquaint themselves with each other. Losers shall be those who denied they would ever meet God and did not follow the right path.
10:46 Whether We let you glimpse in some measure the scourge We threaten them with, or call you back to Us before We smite them, to Us they shall return. God will then be witness to all their actions.
10:47 And every people has its apostle. When their apostle comes, justice will be done among them; they are not be wronged.
10:48 They ask: 'When will this promise be fulfilled; if what you say be true?'
10:49 Say: 'I have no control over any harm or benefit to myself, except by the will of God. A space of time is fixed for each community; when their time is come, not for one hour shall they delay: nor can they go before it.'
10:50 Say: 'Do but consider. Should His scourge fall upon you in the night or by the light of day, what punishment would the guilty hasten?
10:51 Will you believe in it when it does overtake you, although it was your wish to hurry it on?'
10:52 Then will the wrongdoers be told: 'Feel the everlasting torment! Shall you not be rewarded according only to your deeds?'
10:53 They ask you if it is true. Say: 'Yes, by the Lord, it is certainly true! And you shall not escape.
10:54 To redeem himself then, each sinner would gladly give all that the earth contained if he possessed it; When they behold the scourge, they will repent in secret. But judgement shall be fairly passed upon them; they shall not be wronged.
10:55 Surely to God belongs all that the heavens and the earth contain. Surely the promise of God is true, though most of them may not know it.
10:56 It is He who ordains life and death, and to Him shall you be recalled.
10:57 You people! A warning has come to you from your Lord, a cure for the mind, a guide and a blessing to true believers.
10:58 Say: 'In the grace and mercy of God let them rejoice, for these are better than the worldly riches they amass.'
10:59 Say: 'Do but consider the provision God has sent down for you. Some of it you pronounced unlawful and some, lawful.' Say: 'Was it God who gave you His leave, or do you invent falsehoods about God?'
10:60 What will they think, those who invent falsehoods about God, on the Day of Resurrection? God is bountiful to men: yet most of them do not give thanks.
10:61 You shall engage in no affair, you shall recite no verse from the Koran, you shall commit no act, but We will witness it. Not an atom's weight in earth or heaven escapes your Lord, nor is there any object smaller or greater, but is recorded in a glorious book.
10:62 Surely the servants of God have nothing to fear or to regret.
10:63 Those that have faith and keep from evil
10:64 shall rejoice both in this world and in the world to come: the words of God shall never change. That is the supreme triumph.
10:65 Let their words not grieve you. All glory belongs to God. He alone hears all and knows all.
10:66 Surely to God belong all who dwell in the heavens and on earth. Those that serve other gods besides God follow nothing but idle fancies and preach nothing but falsehoods.
10:67 He it is who has ordained the night for you to rest in and given the day its light for you to see with. Surely in this there are signs for prudent men.
10:68 They say: 'God has begotten a son.' God forbid! Self–sufficient is He. His is all that the heavens and the earth contain. Surely for this you have no sanction. Would you say of God what you know not?
10:69 Say: 'Those that invent falsehoods about God shall not prosper.
10:70 They may take their ease in this life, but to Us they shall then return, and for their unbelief We will make them taste the grievous torment.'
10:71 Recount to them the tale of Noah. He said to his people: 'If it offends you, my people, that I should dwell in your midst and preach to you God's revelations (for in God I have put my trust), muster all your idols and decide on your course of action. Do not intrigue in secret. Execute your judgement and give me no respite.
10:72 If you turn away from me, remember I demand of you no recompense. Only God will reward me. I am commanded to be one of those who shall submit to Him.'
10:73 But they disbelieved him. Therefore We saved Noah and those who were with him in the ark, so that they survived, and drowned the others who denied Our revelations. Consider the fate of those who were forewarned.
10:74 After him We sent apostles to their descendants. They showed them veritable signs, but they persisted in their unbelief. Thus do We seal up the hearts of the transgressors.
10:75 Then We sent forth Moses and Aaron with Our signs to Pharaoh and his nobles. But they responded with scorn, for they were wicked men.
10:76 When the truth had come to them from Us, they declared: 'Surely this is but plain sorcery.'
10:77 Moses replied: 'Is this what you say of the Truth when it has come to you? Is this sorcery? Sorcerers shall never prosper.'
10:78 They said: 'Have you come to turn us away from the faith of our fathers, so that you two may lord it over the land? We will never believe in the pair of you.'
10:79 Then Pharaoh said: 'Bring every learned sorcerer to my presence.'
10:80 And when the sorcerers attended, Moses said to them: 'Cast down what you wish to cast.'
10:81 And when they had thrown, he said: 'The sorcery that you have wrought, God will surely bring to nothing. He does not bless the work of those who do evil.
10:82 By His words He vindicates the truth, much as the guilty may dislike it.'
10:83 Few of his people believed in Moses, for they feared the persecution of Pharaoh and his nobles. Surely Pharaoh was a tyrant in the land, a man of rampant wickedness.
10:84 Moses said: 'If you believe in God, my people, and have surrendered yourselves to Him, in Him alone then put your trust.'
10:85 They replied: 'In God we have put our trust. Lord, do not let us suffer at the hands of wicked men.
10:86 Deliver us, through Your mercy, from the unbelievers.'
10:87 We revealed Our will to Moses and his brother, saying: 'Build houses in Egypt for your people and make your homes places of worship. Conduct prayers and give good tidings to the faithful.'
10:88 'Lord,' said Moses, 'You have bestowed on Pharaoh and his nobles splendour and riches in this life, so that they may stray from Your path. Lord, destroy their riches and harden their hearts, so that they shall persist in unbelief until they face the woeful scourge.'
10:89 He replied: 'Your prayer shall be answered. Follow the straight path and do not walk in the footsteps of ignorant men.'
10:90 We led the Israelites across the sea, and Pharaoh and his legions pursued them with wickedness and spite. But as he was drowning, Pharaoh cried: 'Now I believe no god exists except the God in whom the Israelites believe. To Him I give up myself.'
10:91 Only now! But before this you were a rebel and a wrongdoer.
10:92 We shall today save your body, so that you may become a sign for all posterity: for a great many of mankind do not heed Our signs.'
10:93 10:93 We settled the Israelites in a secure land and provided them with wholesome things. Nor did they disagree among themselves until knowledge was given them. Your Lord will on the Day of Resurrection judge their differences.
10:94 If you doubt what We have revealed to you, ask those who have read the Scriptures before you. The truth has come to you from your Lord: therefore do not doubt it.
10:95 Nor shall you deny the revelations of God, for then you will surely be among the lost.
10:96 Those for whom the word of your Lord shall be fulfilled will not have faith,
10:97 even if they be given every sign, until they face the woeful scourge.
10:98 Were it otherwise, every community, had it believed, would have profited from its faith. But it was so only with Jonah's people. When they believed, We spared them the penalty of disgrace in this life and suffered them to take their ease a while.
10:99 Had your Lord pleased, all the people of the earth would have believed in Him, one and all. Would you then force people to have faith?
10:100 None can have faith except by God's leave. He will visit His scourge upon the senseless.
10:101 Say: 'Behold what the heavens and the earth contain!' But neither signs nor warnings will avail the unbelievers.
10:102 What can they wait for but the fate of those who have gone before them? Say: 'Wait if you will; I too am waiting.'
10:103 We shall save Our apostles and the true believers. It is but just that We should save the faithful.
10:104 Say: 'You people! Doubt my religion if you will, but never will I worship those that you worship besides God. I worship God, who will reclaim you all: for I am thus commanded to be a believer.
10:105 I was bidden: "Dedicate yourself to the Faith in all uprightness and serve none besides God.
10:106 You shall not pray to idols which can neither help nor harm you, for if you do, you will become a wrongdoer.
10:107 If God afflicts you with a misfortune, none can remove it but He; and if He bestows on you a favour, none can withhold His bounty; He is bountiful to whom He will. He is the Forgiving One, the Merciful."'
10:108 Say: 'You people! The truth has come to you from your Lord. He that follows the right path follows it for his own good, and he that strays does so at his own peril. I am not your keeper.'
10:109 Observe what is revealed to you, and have patience till God make known His judgement. He is the best of judges.


   


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