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10 JONAH (1 – 20)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Alif Lam Ra

Those are the signs of the Wise Book.

Was it a wonder to the people that We revealed to a man from among them: ‘Warn the people, and give thou good tidings to the believers that they have a sure footing with their Lord’? The unbelievers say, ‘This is a manifest sorcerer.’

Surely your Lord is God, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then sat Himself upon the Throne, directing the affair. Intercessor there is none, save after His leave. That then is God, your Lord; so serve Him. Will you not remember? To Him shall you return, all together— God's promise, in truth. He originates creation, then He brings it back again that He may recompense those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, justly. And those who disbelieve—for them awaits a draught of boiling water, and a painful chastisement, for their disbelieving.

5It is He who made the sun a radiance, and the moon a light, and determined it by stations, that you might know the number of the years and the reckoning. God created that not save with the truth, distinguishing the signs to a people who know. In the alternation of night and day, and what God has created in the heavens and the earth—surely there are signs for a godfearing people.

Surely those who look not to encounter Us and are well-pleased with the present life and are at rest in it, and those who are heedless of Our signs, those—their refuge is the Fire, for that they have been earning. Surely those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them for their belief; beneath them rivers flowing in gardens of bliss; 10their cry therein, ‘Glory to Thee, O God,’ their greeting, ‘Peace,’ and their cry ends, ‘Praise belongs to God, the Lord of all Being.’

If God should hasten unto men evil as they would hasten good, their term would be already decided for them. But We leave those, who look not to encounter Us, in their insolence wandering blindly. When affliction visits a man, he calls Us on his side, or sitting, or standing; but when We have removed his affliction from him, he passes on, as if he never called Us to an affliction that visited him. So decked out fair to the prodigal is that they have been doing.

We destroyed the generations before you when they did evil, and their Messengers came to them with the clear signs, but they would not believe; so We recompense the people of the sinners. 15Then We appointed you viceroys in the earth after them, that We might behold how you would do.

And when Our signs are recited to them, clear signs, those who look not to encounter Us say, ‘Bring a Koran other than this, or alter it.’ Say: ‘It is not for me to alter it of my own accord. I follow nothing, except what is revealed to me. Truly I fear, if I should rebel against my Lord, the chastisement of a dreadful day.’ Say: ‘Had God willed I would not have recited it to you, neither would He have taught you it; I abode among you a lifetime before it— will you not understand?’ And who does greater evil than he who forges against God a lie, or cries lies to His signs? Surely the sinners do not prosper. They serve, apart from God, what hurts them not neither profits them, and they say, ‘These are our intercessors with God.’ Say: ‘Will you tell God what He knows not either in the heavens or in the earth?’ Glory be to Him! High be He exalted above that they associate!

20Mankind were only one nation, then they fell into variance. But for a word that preceded from thy Lord, it had been decided between them already touching their differences.

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