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Surah Yunus Ayat 101 in Arabic Text

فَهَلْ يَنتَظِرُونَ إِلَّا مِثْلَ أَيَّامِ ٱلَّذِينَ خَلَوْا۟ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۚ قُلْ فَٱنتَظِرُوٓا۟ إِنِّى مَعَكُم مِّنَ ٱلْمُنتَظِرِينَ
Qulin zuroo maazaa fissamaawaati wal ard; wa maa tughnil Aayaatu wannuzuru ‘an qawmil laa yu’minoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 101

Sahih International
Say, “Observe what is in the heavens and earth.” But of no avail will be signs or warners to a people who do not believe

Yusuf Ali
Say: “Behold all that is in the heavens and on earth”; but neither Signs nor Warners profit those who believe not.

Abul Ala Maududi
Tell them: ‘Observe carefully all that is in the heavens and the earth.’ But no signs and warnings can avail those who are bent on not believing.

Muhsin Khan
Say: “Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth,” but neither Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) nor warners benefit those who believe not.

Pickthall
Say: Behold what is in the heavens and the earth! But revelations and warnings avail not folk who will not believe.

Dr. Ghali
Say, “Look into whatever is in the heavens and the earth.” And in no way do the signs and warnings avail a people who do not believe.

Abdel Haleem
Say, ‘Look at what is in the heavens and on the earth.’ But what use are signs and warnings to people who will not believe?

Quran 10 Verse 101 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yunus ayat 101, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(10:101) Tell them: ‘Observe carefully all that is in the heavens and the earth.’ But no signs and warnings can avail those who are bent on not believing.[105]


105. This is the answer to the condition that they would believe him to be a true Prophet, if a sign would be shown to them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has been asked to say to them: There are countless signs in the heaven and the earth, which confirm and testify the message I am giving you. You could have easily recognized them, had you observed and considered them with open eyes and open hearts. But if you lack this urge and desire for the truth, you will not accept and acknowledge it, however wonderful, miraculous and supernatural the sign may be, for you will declare that it was a piece of sorcery like Pharaoh and his chiefs. The fact is that the people, who suffer from this malady, see the truth only when the torment with all its horrors overtakes them, just as Pharaoh came to believe only when he was drowning. But you should note it well that the repentance at the time of punishment is of no avail.

Ibn-Kathir

101. Say: “Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth.” But neither Ayat nor warners benefit those who do not believe. 102. Then do they wait save for the likes of the days of men who passed away before them Say: “Wait then, I am waiting with you among those who wait.” 103. Then We save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers.


The Command to reflect upon the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth

Allah, the Exalted, guides His servants to reflect upon His blessings. What Allah has created in the heavens and the earth is part of the clear signs for those who possess correct understanding. From that which is in the heavens are the luminous stars, the firmaments, the moving planetary bodies, the sun and the moon. This also includes the night and day, their alternating, and their merging so that one is long and the other is short. Then they alternate (through the year) so that the long one becomes short and the short one becomes long. Likewise, from the signs in the heavens is the rising of the sun, its vastness, its beauty and its adornment. Also, whatever rain that Allah sends down from the heavens, thereby bringing the earth to life after its death, and causing various types of fruits, crops, flowers and plants to grow, is from its signs. Whatever Allah creates in the earth from the various species of beasts, with their differing colors and benefits (for man), are signs. The mountains, plains, deserts, civilizations, structures and barren lands of the earth are signs. Then there are the wonders of the sea and its waves. Yet, it still has been made subservient and submissive to those who travel upon its surface. It carries their ships, allowing them to traverse upon it with ease. This is all under the control of the Most Able; there is no God worthy of worship except Him and there is no true Lord other than Him. Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿وَمَا تُغْنِى الآيَـتُ وَالنُّذُرُ عَن قَوْمٍ لاَّ يُؤْمِنُونَ﴾

(But neither Ayat nor warners benefit those who do not believe.) This means, `What thing will benefit such disbelieving people besides the heavenly and earthly signs, and the Messengers with their miracles, proofs and evidences that clearly prove the truthfulness of their message’ This is similar to Allah’s statement,

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِمْ كَلِمَةُ رَبِّكَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ ﴾

(Truly! Those against whom the Word of your Lord has been justified, will not believe.) ﴿10:96﴾ Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿فَهَلْ يَنتَظِرُونَ إِلاَّ مِثْلَ أَيَّامِ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْاْ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ﴾

(Then do they wait save for the likes of the days of men who passed away before them) This means, `Are these who reject you Muhammad, waiting for the vengeance and torment like the Days of Allah, when He punished those who came before them of the previous nations that rejected their Messengers’

﴿قُلْ فَانْتَظِرُواْ إِنَّى مَعَكُمْ مِّنَ الْمُنْتَظِرِينَثُمَّ نُنَجِّى رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ ءامَنُواْ﴾

(Say: “Wait then, I am waiting with you among those who wait.” Then We save Our Messengers and those who believe!) This means, `Verily, We destroy those who reject the Messengers.’

﴿كَذَلِكَ حَقًّا عَلَيْنَا نُنجِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ﴾

(Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers.) This means that this is a right that Allah, the Exalted, has obligated upon His Noble Self. This is similar to His statement,

﴿كَتَبَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ الرَّحْمَةَ﴾

(Your Lord has written (prescribed) mercy for Himself) ﴿6:54﴾

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