Allah's Mercy: The Story of Prophet Yunus
19 Jan 2018
Allah's mercy will always be there to remind you that you are never alone. One of the most iconic stories in the Holy Quran is that of Prophet Yunus. Not only was his story mentioned four times in the holy book, but it has long been used as a method of instruction on the importance of repentance and seeking Allah's mercy in the most dire of circumstances.
Like his predecessors, Yunus was instructed by Allah to teach his people to worship one God, seek forgiveness for their previous sins, and start living a life of piety. Also, like his predecessors, the people refused to listen, causing Prophet Yunus to leave his hometown of which was reported to be named Ninevah.
Soon after, the people of Ninevah began to witness the signs of God’s wrath. The color of the sky suddenly changed, turning red. Fear struck their hearts, especially as they recalled what had befallen the people of 'Ad and Thamud. Only then, did they believe in the words of Prophet Yunus and repented for their misdeeds.
Since their repentance was genuine and heartfelt, by Allah’s mercy, they were forgiven.
Unfortunately, Prophet Yunus had already boarded a ship when a very strong storm struck the ship and the strong waves threatened to blow it into pieces. Allah commanded a large whale to appear on the surface just as the shipmates decided that at least one person has to jump overboard in order to lighten the load. They decided to draw straws to see who among them would be abandoned. Prophet Yunus’ name was drawn thrice. Realizing that it was the will of Allah, he jumped into the turbulent sea while speaking Allah’s name throughout his ordeal.
To further test his will, endurance and faith, Allah commanded the large whale to swallow Prophet Yunus without causing him any harm. However, he believed that he had woken up in his grave due to the endless darkness inside the whale.
Not giving up, he humbly sent his supplications to Allah, "There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers." [Al-Anbya, 87]. He realized that he had been mistaken to leave his people and his hometown without receiving orders from Allah to do so. He had abandoned his message and given up.
Accepting his sincere supplications, Allah commanded the whale to surface and eject Prophet Yunus onto an island. What further demonstrates Allah’s mercy is that He caused a vine to grow next to Yunus to protect him from the scorching sun and provide him with sustenance until he regained his strength. He was then ordered by Allah to return to his people and continue to lead them unto the path of righteousness.
Prophet Yunus is also named in the Holy Quran as Dhun-Nun and Sahibil-Hot (loosely translated as: Companion of the Whale).
What this story teaches us is that it is never too late to repent for your sins through Duaa, and that Allah’s mercy know no bounds.
Learning Quran with Tajweed Online
Tajweed is a set of rules that sets a Muslim up for the proper recitation and pronunciation of the Quran. The goal is to make the reciter proficient enough in the proper intonations and diacritics of the Arabic language.READ MORE
Companions of the Prophet: Omar ibn Al Khattab
Perhaps one of the most notable figures in Islamic history and one of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) most well-known companions is Omar ibn Al Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him). He was so influential that he later became the second Caliph of the Rashidun (righteous) Caliphs, following Abu Bakr, after Prophet Muhammad's death. Under his rule, the Muslim Caliphate expanded extensively.READ MORE
Dua'a in the Morning and Evening
In order to keep Allah close to our hearts, we must always remember Him through Dhikr (short phrases of glorifying and praising Allah are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud) and Dua'a (prayer and supplication).READ MORE