Story of prophet yunus.
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Story of prophet yunus
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
According to recorded history, Prophet Yunus (Bible:
Jonah) (a.s.), the son of Matta, was sent by Allah Subhanah to warn the
inhabitants of a town called
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 98:
98 Why was there not a single township (among those We warned) which believed so its Faith should have profited it except the people of Yunus? When they believed We removed from them the Penalty of Ignominy in the life of the present world, and permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while.
The inhabitants of the town of
Try as he might to convince them of the foolishness of
idolatry and of the goodness of Allah's Laws, they not only rejected Prophet
Yunus (a.s.) and His Mission, but made him a constant target of their revile,
and abuse, and jest. For a long period of time the Noble Prophet Yunus (a.s.)
strove to guide them to the Truth and in all sincerity towards them warned them
that if they kept on with their foolishness and idolatry, Allah's punishment
would soon follow. Instead of heeding
the good guidance of their best well-wisher and fearing their Lord and Creator Allah
Subhanah, they told Prophet Yunus (a.s.) that they absolutely rejected the
Message and the
At long last, when the inhabitants absolutely rejected and reviled and abused and mocked the Noble Prophet Yunus (a.s.) and his Noble Mission, and there was left no hope in his heart that these people would ever turn to guidance and the fear and worship of Allah Subhanah, in an utter state of helplessness and desperation and anger and haste, the Noble Prophet Yunus (a.s.) got absolutely disheartened and decided to leave the rebellious disbelievers to their misery and leave the township of Nineveh before the inevitable scourge of the Lord befell them.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 87:
87 And remember Zun-nun (Prophet Yunus (a.s.s) when he departed in wrath: he imagined that We had no power over him!
Hardly had he left the city when the skies began to change
color and looked as if they were on fire; exactly as had been foretold to them
by their Prophet Yunus (a.s.)! The inhabitants
The Lord Most Merciful removed His wrath and showered His blessings and His mercy upon them once again. When the threatening storm was lifted, they prayed for the return of their departed well-wisher and Prophet, Yunus (a.s.) so that he could guide them to the Straight Path.
Meanwhile, Prophet Yunus (a.s.) had boarded a small ship in the company of other passengers. It sailed all day in calm waters with a good wind blowing at the sails. When night came, the sea suddenly changed. A horrible storm blew as if it were going to split the ship into pieces. The waves looked wild. They rose up as high as mountains then plunged down like valleys, tossing the ship and sweeping over the deck.
Behind the ship, a large whale was splitting the water and opening its mouth. A command had been issued from Almighty Allah to one of the greatest whales of the sea to surface. The whale hurried to the surface of the sea and followed the ship as it had been commanded.
The tempest continued and the captain of the ship asked the crew to lighten the ship's heavy load. They threw their baggage overboard, but this was not enough. Their safety lay in reducing the weight further, so they decided among themselves to lighten their load by removing one person at a time, until their ship reached the point of safety.
The captain of the ship, as was the norm at those times, decided to cast lots in the name of all the passengers. The one whose name would be drawn will be thrown into the sea to enable them to lighten the load of the ship. Prophet Yunus (a.s.) knew this was one of the seamen's traditions when facing a tempest. Thus began the severe trial and affliction of the Noble Prophet Yunus (a.s.) for leaving the inhabitants of the city he was sent to by the Lord without waiting for the precise permission and Command of His Lord.
The lot was drawn, and the name of Prophet Yunus (a.s.) appeared. Since they knew him to be the most honorable among them, they did not wish to throw him into the angry sea. Therefore, they decided to draw a second lot and as Allah Subhanah would have Willed, again Prophet Yunus's (a.s.) name was drawn! They gave him a final chance and drew a third lot. But as Allah Subhanah would have Willed, the name of Prophet Yunus (a.s.) was drawn again for the third time!
The matter was over, and it was decided that Prophet Yunus (a.s.) should be thrown into the raging sea. As commanded and guided by Allah Subhanah, the whale which had been following the ship at Allahs Command found Yunus (a.s.) floating on the waves before it and it swallowed Yunus (a.s.) into its furious stomach! The whale dived to the bottom of the sea, the sea that ran to the abyss of darkness.
Three layers of darkness enveloped Prophet Yunus (a.s.), one above the other; the darkness of the whale's stomach, the darkness of the bottom of the sea, and the darkness of the night. Yunus (a.s.) imaged himself to be dead, but his senses became alert when he found he could move. He knew that he was alive and imprisoned in the midst of darkness, and his heart was moved by the Remembrance of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chatper 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 87:
87 . But he (Prophet Yunus (a.s.)) cried through the depths of darkness "There is no god but Thou: Glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
Yunus continued imploring his Lord and Creator, constantly repeating the above beautiful invocation.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chatper 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 88:
88 So We listened to him (Prophet Yunus (a.s.)) and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those who have faith.
The Lord Most Merciful accepted the sincere repentance His beloved slave-servant and Prophet made from the darkness of the whales stomach from the depths of the ocean, and the Lord inspired the whale to surface and eject Yunus (a.s.) onto an island at the farthest side of the ocean.
Prophet Yunuss (a.s.) body was inflamed because of the acids inside the whale's stomach. He was severely ill, and when the sun rose, its rays burned his inflamed body so that he was on the verge of screaming in severe pain. However, he endured the pain with patience befitting only the Noble Prophets of Allah, and continued to repeat his invocation to Allah.
Almighty Allah caused a gourd plant vine to grow to considerable length over him for protection. Then Allah Exalted caused Yunus (a.s.) to recover from his illness and forgave him his error. Allah made it known that had it not been for Yunuss (a.s.) sincere repentance and his invocations to Him, he would have stayed in the whale's stomach till the Day of Judgment!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 37 Surah Saafaat verses 139-148:
139 So also was Yunus among those sent (by us).
140 When he ran away to the ship (fully) laden
141 He (agreed to) cast lots and he was condemned:
142 Then the big Fish did swallow him and he had done acts worthy of blame.
143 Had it not been that he (repented and) glorified Allah
144 He would certainly have remained inside the Fish till the Day of Resurrection!
145 But We cast him forth on the naked shore in a state of sickness
146 And We caused to grow over him a spreading plant of the gourd kind
147 And We sent him (on a
148 And they believed; so We permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while.
Gradually Prophet Yunus (a.s.) regained his strength and
found his way to his people and his hometown,
Prophet Yunus (a.s.) lived amongst the people of
Such was the modesty of the Imam of the Prophets, the Last and Final Messenger of Allah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws), and such was his love and admiration for his brother Prophet Yunus (a.s.), that the Messenger of Allah (saws) absolutely forbade the believers to ever say that Mohamed (saws) is better than Prophet Yunus (a.s.) ibn Matta!
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.127 Narrated by Abdullah
The Prophet (saws) said, "None has the right to say that I am better than Yunus bin Matta."
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