سورة يونس   

Surah Name: Younus-AS Meaning: Jonah

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • By virtue of Revelation, it is a Makkan Surah but has been placed after Surah Taubah in sequence. It continues the same topic, as of Surah Taubah and answers the objections raised by the infidels over the Prophethood of the Holy Prophet-SW. This Surah presents both logical as well as historical answers. Firstly, it proves that Islam logically is the best Code of Life for everyone, and is not merely to be imposed on people. Secondly, it quotes historical evidence of some of the preceding nations; how Allah-SWT blessed those who obeyed Him-SWT , and the end of those who engaged in frivolous arguments, thus failing to embrace Islam
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 11
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 109
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 10
  • Rukū / Section 6 contains Āyāt / Parts 7
  • Siparah/ Volume 11


وَلَوْ أَنَّ لِكُلِّ نَفْسٍ ظَلَمَتْ مَا فِي الأَرْضِ لاَفْتَدَتْ بِهِ وَأَسَرُّواْ النَّدَامَةَ لَمَّا رَأَوُاْ الْعَذَابَ وَقُضِيَ بَيْنَهُم بِالْقِسْطِ وَهُمْ لاَ يُظْلَمُونَ

Walaw anna likulli nafsin thalamat ma fee alardi la(i)ftadat bihi waasarroo a(l)nnadamata lamma raawoo alAAathaba waqudiya baynahum bi(a)lqisti wahum layuthlamoon(a)

And if everyone who has wronged had all that is in the earth, surely he would ransom himself therewith. And they shall conceal the remorse when they are to face the torment, and the matter will be decreed between them in equity, and they shall not be wronged.


أَلا إِنَّ لِلّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ أَلاَ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ

Ala inna lillahi ma fee a(l)ssamawati wa(a)lardi ala inna waAAda Allahi haqqun walakinna aktharahum la yaAAlamoon(a)

Lo! Verily Allaah-SWT ’s is whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth. Lo! Verily Allaah-SWT ’s Promise is true; but most of the people do not know.


هُوَ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

Huwa yuhyee wayumeetu wailayhi turjaAAoon(a)

He-SWT gives life and causes to die, and to Him-SWT you shall be returned.


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاء لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Ya ayyuha a(l)nnasu qad jaatkum mawAAithatun min rabbikum washifaon lima fee a(l)ssudoori wahudan warahmatun lilmumineen(a)

O’ mankind! There has come to you an exhortation from your Rabb-SWT and a healing for what is in your breasts, and guidance and a Mercy for the believers.


قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

Qul bifadli Allahi wabirahmatihi fabithalika falyafrahoo huwa khayrun mimmayajmaAAoon(a)

Say you-SW: in the Grace of Allaah-SWT and in His-SWT Mercy-let them therefore rejoice; far better it is than what they amass.


قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُم مَّا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ لَكُم مِّن رِّزْقٍ فَجَعَلْتُم مِّنْهُ حَرَامًا وَحَلاَلاً قُلْ آللّهُ أَذِنَ لَكُمْ أَمْ عَلَى اللّهِ تَفْتَرُونَ

Qul araaytum ma anzala Allahu lakum min rizqin fajaAAaltum minhu haraman wahalalan qul allahu athina lakum am AAala Allahi taftaroon(a)

Say you-SW  : bethink of what Allaah-SWT has sent down to you of provision, and you have then made thereof allowable and forbidden? Say you: is it that Allaah-SWT has given you leave, or do you fabricate a lie against Allaah-SWT ?


وَمَا ظَنُّ الَّذِينَ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللّهِ الْكَذِبَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّ اللّهَ لَذُو فَضْلٍ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لاَ يَشْكُرُونَ

Wama thannu allatheena yaftaroona AAala Allahi alkathiba yawma alqiyamati inna Allaha lathoo fadlin AAala a(l)nnasi walakinna aktharahum la yashkuroon(a)

And what do imagine those who fabricate a lie against Allaah-SWT on the Day of Resurrection? Verily Allaah-SWT is the Owner of grace unto mankind; but most of them do not return thanks.


In The Name of Allah-SWT the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Today the infidels rejoice over their affluence and are weary of faith and obedience. But once the Final Hour strikes, even if each one of them possesses the entire wealth of the world and offers it as ransom to avert the punishment, it shall be of no avail. They would try to hide themselves from people because of humiliating punishment. Allah-SWT ’s Court is so exalted that even the transgressors will not be wronged; absolute justice will prevail and they will be punished in proportion to their malefaction.


It must be thoroughly understood that all that lies in the heavens and the earth indeed belongs to Allah-SWT Alone. If man has been temporarily entrusted with things, he must not become arrogant, as one day he has to leave everything behind. And also remember that Allah-SWT ’s Promises are always true but it is the people who are ignorant of His-SWT Magnificence. He-SWT gives life and cause death and to Him-SWT we shall all return.


It is a part of human temperament to wait for some unusual event. And when it occurs, it brings about many changes in the society and people even change their thinking. Allah-SWT invites mankind to take note that the most unusual event has taken place and Allaah-SWT ’s Message has arrived. The raising of the Holy Prophet-SW the unique event in history, which will not be repeated in future. The doors of Allah-SWT's Mercy and bestowal have been opened unto mankind forever Their Provider guides them and speaks to them; He-SWT Who is not only their Creator but also their Rabb-SWT . Because of His-SWT Providence, He-SWT sustains people and communicates with them through His-SWT Prophet-SW, who conveys His-SWT Message to them. The Word of Allah-SWT carries a unique influence, which also is the best medicine for the diseases of Qalb. In other words, the recitation and understanding of the Quran followed by practice are the ways of vitalizing as well as curing the diseased Qulub of mankind.


Quran as a Cure for Physical Ailments

Although physical ailments are also cured by its recitation yet it is an added advantage and a Barakah, which seems proper only when the real objective is being fulfilled. In other words, the diseases of the Qalb must be cured through the Quran, though the treatment of physical ailments is also permitted as a secondary purpose. Many authentic incidents of the Quranic cures have been quoted from the elders through time, but to take Quran merely as a Book of incantations for physical disorders is totally wrong. Its primary role is the cure of Qulub. It is also proven that Qalb is the cradle of Din, and is another name of spiritual states of the Qalb.


Besides, this Quran is also a guidance for mankind, that is, it not only blesses the Qalb with spiritual states but also leads human life towards the most desirable code of conduct. Guidance is synonymous to the best method of doing anything. Hence Islam means to live in accordance with the Quran, and certainly not to run away from life. May it be a personal or domestic, tribal or national or an international matter, dealing with it to the best of one's ability in the light of Quranic injunctions is Islam. And this is supported by the noble lives of the Holy Prophet-SW and the Companions-RAU. For all those who embrace Islam, the Quranic code of life is indeed an unlimited treasure of His-SWT Blessings. In the enlightenment of Qalb with Allah-SWT ’s Name and of the practical life with Quranic teachings lies the perfection of His-SWT Mercy. This great reward can be had through devotion to and obedience of the Beloved Prophet-SW.


The Holy Prophet-SW must let his-SW people know that this favour is far more precious than all the wealth of the universe put together. No celebrations can match this Divine Munificence and Mercy, which is far too superior to any temporal achievement. Whereas rejoicing over worldly power and affluence generates arrogance, a celebration of Divine Favours promotes feelings of gratitude. So the believers must rejoice over the favour of Allah-SWT in the form of Quran.


O’ People! Remember that the sole Owner of this universe is Allah-SWT , and it is His-SWT Right to enforce His-SWT System in His-SWT Kingdom. The determination of lawful and the forbidden is His-SWT domain. To convey His-SWT Message to the mankind is the duty of the Holy Prophet-SW. From Allah's blessings, people have no right to declare anything permissible or forbidden by their own choice, unless decreed by Allah-SWT . Any attempt to do so would amount to fabricating a lie against Allah. Those guilty of inventing rituals in the name of religion, dubbing certain things as lawful and others as forbidden must know that they will have to face the consequences on the Day of Judgement. To determine the perimeters of a religion is Divine Prerogative and He-SWT is extremely considerate to His-SWT Creation. The tenderness and love which He-SWT can bestow can never be provided by man-made religions and constitutions. Ironically most of the people are ungrateful and choose to follow their fellow beings rather than obeying Allah-SWT .