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Prophet Jonah (Yunus)*

Quran, 37:139

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Quran, 4:163

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Quran, 6_86

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Quran 68_50

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Born in Ninevah, Mosul’ , Yunus Ibn Matta (Jonah*, son of Matta) was one of two Prophets who was named after his mother, the other being Isa Ibn Maryam (Jesus*, son of Mary).

 

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worship 1 GodProphet Jonah* (“Jonah” is “Yunus” in the Arabic Language) was sent to his people as a Messenger to call them to the worship of Allah alone, to call them to abandon their sinful ways.

 

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He spent thirty-three years of his life in pursuit of this mission and in all of this time, only a handful of people believed.

 

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Finally, in despair, Prophet Jonah* supplicated to his Lord that His punishment descend upon his nation.

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40 daysHe was commanded to preach to his people for a further forty days, when three days remained he proclaimed amongst his people that punishment would afflict them in three days and fled,

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Quran , 21_87

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repentanceHis people gathered together and agreed amongst themselves that Prophet Jonah* was a person who was not known to lie, and when they saw that he had indeed fled, they became certain of the imminent punishment and repented, so Allah forgave them and showed them mercy.

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Quran, 10_98

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talking to another personIn the meantime, Prophet Jonah* awaited news of what had happened to his people, and finally a traveller passed by him informing him that his people had become believers and the punishment had averted them.

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shipFearing disgrace and being called a liar he determined not to return, and embarked upon a heavily laden ship destined for Tarshish, but it was not very long before they were overcome with bad weather.

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draw lotsThe travelers agreed that they must lighten their load by throwing some passengers overboard, they drew lots and the name of Jonah came up, they were however reluctant to throw him overboard, seeing him to be a pious man and repeated the drawing of lots three times. His name came up each time.

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Quran, 37: 140_141

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cute whaleUpon being thrown into the sea, Prophet Jonah* was swallowed by a huge whale and by the decree of Alláh allowed to live in its belly, it is reported that at this time he supplicated saying,

‘My Lord! I have been granted a place to pray where no one else has worshipped you before!’

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Quran, 37_142

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He remained in the belly of the whale, glorifying Allah,

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Quran, 37_143 and 144

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Realising that he had done something unbefitting in abandoning his people and fleeing before being granted permission by his Lord, and that this was the cause of his trial,

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Quran , 21_87

Quran, 21_88

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whale cartoonat-Tabari records on the authority of ibn Wahb that this supplication appeared beneath the Throne and the Angels said that they heard a very weak voice coming from a strange land.

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Allah said,

“Do you not know who that is? He is Our servant, Jonah.”

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The angels said, “Your servant Jonah, from whom there has always ascended to You an accepted prayer and an accepted deed?”

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beach cartoonAllah replied,

“Yes” and commanded the whale to throw him out on the open shore.

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Quran, 37_145 and 146

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After having regained health and strength, Prophet Jonah* returned to his people to inform them that Allah had indeed forgiven them and his people welcomed him with open arms,

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Quran, 37_147 and 148

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Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)  said,

‘The invocation of my brother Dhu-n-Nun, “None has the right to be worshipped save You; glory be to You, far removed are You from any imperfection; I have been amongst the wrong-doers,” none who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allah would relieve him of his difficulty.’

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Brief explanations:

‘ Capital of ancient Assyria, on the Tigris: its ruins can be seen opposite modern Mosul in northern Iraq.

*Alayhissalaam  =(peace be upon him)

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This short story is based on a book entitled,

“The Relief From Distress – An explanation to the du’a of Yunus”

By Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah

Translated from the original Arabic by

Abu Rumaysah

Daar us-sunnah sunnah Publishers

Birmingham

www.daarussunnah.com

This book, which is authored by the well-renowned Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, explains in greater detail the meaning of the supplication of Yunus (a.s.).
http://d1.islamhouse.com/data/en/ih_books/single2/en_The_Relief_From_Distress.pdf   (Pages 29 – 34)

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