As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 83-103. These verses rehearse the story of Prophet Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt and how the Children of Israel were delivered from bondage and provided the good things in life. Lastly, we are reminded that forcing someone to convert to Islam is strictly prohibited.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
None but a few youth from his own people believed in Moses, because of the fear of Pharaoh (Fir’on) and his chiefs, lest they should persecute them; and certainly Pharaoh was mighty in the land and the one who did not hesitate to transgress any limit.  Moses said: “O my people! If you sincerely believe in Allah, then put your trust in Him, if you are really Muslims.” They replied: “In Allah do we put our trust. Our Lord! Do not let us suffer at the hands of unjust people, and deliver us through Your mercy, from the nation of unbelievers.” We revealed Our will to Moses and his brother, saying: “Take your people to dwell in Egypt, and make your houses as your Qiblah (places of worship) and establish Salah and give good news to the believers!” Moses prayed: “Our Lord! You have indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his chiefs splendor and wealth in this worldly life. Our Lord, have you done this so that they may mislead people from Your way? Our Lord, destroy their wealth and harden their hearts, so that they may not believe until they see the painful punishment.” Allah replied: “Your prayer shall be answered! So remain steadfast and do not follow the path of those who have no knowledge.” We led the Children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh and his hosts pursued them with wickedness and oppression, until when drowning, he cried out: “I believe that there is no god but Him in Whom the Children of Israel believe and I have become one of the Muslims.” In response it was said to him: “Now you believe! But a little while before you were disobedient and one of the mischiefmakers! We shall save your body this day, so that you may become a sign for the succeeding generations; indeed many among mankind are heedless of Our signs!” 10:[83-92]
We settled the Children of Israel in a respectable dwelling place and provided them with the good things of life. They did not cause dissension until after knowledge had come to them. Surely your Lord will judge between them in those matters in which they caused dissension on the Day of Resurrection. If you are in doubt regarding what We have revealed to you, ask those who have been reading the Book before you. In fact, the truth has indeed come to you from your Lord: therefore, do not be of those who doubt, and do not join those who deny the revelations of Allah; otherwise you will become one of the losers. 10:[93-95]
In fact, those against whom the Word of your Lord has proved true will not believe, even if every sign should come to them, until they themselves see the painful punishment. Was there any town which seeing the scourge, believed, and their belief profited them except the people of Yünus (Jonah)? When they believed, We removed from them the disgraceful scourge and allowed them to enjoy their worldly life for a while. 10:[96-98]
If it had been the will of your Lord that all the people of the world should be believers, all the people of the earth would have believed! Would you then compel mankind against their will to believe? It is not possible for anyone to believe except by the permission of Allah, and He throws filth on those who do not use their common-sense. Say: “Look at whatever exists in the heavens and the earth.” Signs and warnings do not benefit those people who do not believe. Now are they waiting for evil days like the ones that befell the people who passed away before them? Say: “Wait if you will; I too will wait with you.” When such a time comes, We rescue Our Messengers and those who believe – this is Our way; it is but right that We rescue the believers. 10:[99-103]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.