Surah Al-Anbiya And he drew lots and was among the losers. Then the fish swallowed him, while he was blameworthy. Prophet Yunus alayhi saalam was all alone, being left at the mercy of the huge waves, a violent sea on a dark night and was inside the belly of a whale. How many times have we acknowledged and cried out in front of our Lord that we have been one of the wrongdoers? And they believed, so We gave them enjoyment [of life] for a time.
The answer is none, -except the people of Yunus Jonah ; when they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace from the life of this world.. While the people of Prophet Nuh alayhi saalam, Prophet Hud alayhi saalam, Saleh alayhi saalam and Prophet Lut alayhi saalam amongst others had witnessed the signs of severe punishment and were destroyed in the process.
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Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness And was at a distance of two bows' length or even nearer The meaning is, not less than that, but rather more. And they believed; means, these people to whom Yunus, peace be upon him, had been sent all believed. This is like the Ayah,. Was there any town community that believed, and its faith at that moment saved it -- except the people of Yunus; when they believed, We removed from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the present world, and permitted them to enjoy for a while.
Now ask them: "Are there only daughters for your Lord and sons for them'' Or did We create the angels female while they were witnesses Verily, it is of their falsehood that they say: Has He then chosen daughters rather than sons What is the matter with you How do you decide Will you not then remember Or is there for you a plain authority Then bring your Book if you are truthful!
And they have invented a kinship between Him and the Jinn, but the Jinn know well that they have indeed to appear before Him.
Glorified be Allah! He is free from what they attribute unto Him! Except the servants of Allah, whom He chooses. Quran Tafsir Ibn Kathir. However, this is a unique story which had never occurred before or since. Allah chastised this particular Messenger with a curious punishment which is stranger than fiction. His people were idolators and led decadent and shameless lives.
As with his brothers in prophethood before him, Yunus AS attempted to instil monotheistic belief and to promote good behaviour. He was met with resistance, and received similar reactions and accusations as that of the previous Messengers and Prophets. He preached day and night but to no avail. The community clung on to their licentious lifestyles. They resisted the path of the truth and the efforts of Yunus AS bore little fruit. As time dragged on, Yunus AS became discouraged and enraged by the dismal results. All Prophets and Messengers are granted one supplication of their choice which Allah will fulfill, and when Yunus AS finally had enough of his community, he prayed for their destruction, and warned them of the impending torture of Allah.
However, Yunus AS made one error in judgment for which he later paid a heavy personal price. Unlike ordinary human beings, Prophets and Messengers are compelled to display the highest possible levels of human piety and obedience to Allah. Therefore, whenever Prophets and Messengers disobeyed, their mistakes were amplified, and their chastisement was swift and often severe.
Accounts of the previous Prophets and Messengers had a common thread, which was that only a handful of people followed the teachings of the Messengers sent to their midst, while the rest of them were destroyed by some catastrophe or other. In this case, however, something peculiar occurred. Allah sowed into the hearts of the disbelievers the fear of Him. The abrupt departure of Yunus AS made his community realize that it was a portent of their own doom. Suddenly, every man, woman and child understood the gravity of their actions and became regretful of their treatment of their Messenger.
Discarding their normal clothing, they donned hairclothes as part of their repentance, went outside the valley and unanimously prayed, beseeched and begged Allah for mercy and forgiveness. This was a momentous occasion and must have been extremely moving to watch, for never before had the hearts of a people collectively become united in such penitence.
This in itself was a trial and lesson for Yunus AS, for having left them before his mission had been completed. Allah demonstrated that while all efforts may have been made by Yunus AS, it was ultimately Allah who could open the hearts of the people to His guidance, with or without the intervention of a Messenger.
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Allah shows through this story that when it comes to guiding others, it is not the ability of the person that reaps the results. If we want to propagate Islam, we must learn the correct manner and give thanks to Allah that He selected us. We should deal with others with mercy and compassion, and leave the result to Allah. The spreading of the faith has nothing to do with our own intellect or eloquence.
All the guidance is from Allah, and Prophets, Messengers and spreaders of Islam are merely instruments. This distinction is crucial and prevents us from being self congratulatory for any success. After all, Allah is able to make the entire human race worship Him if He so willed it.
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Hence, upon these townspeople, Allah bestowed His mercy and removed the punishment that was to have befallen them. When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in worldly life and gave them enjoyment for a time. This turning of hearts was unprecedented in human history and is the only incident of its kind ever reported.
Meanwhile, Yunus AS boarded a ship in order to leave his community far behind. Some reports mention that the ship was already loaded to capacity, but the passengers, recognizing the marks of piety on him, persuaded the captain to squeeze Yunus AS in. They set sail peacefully. However, a storm suddenly erupted and the sea became choppy.
Wave after wave of saltwater crashed in upon them. One pious person in the boat mentioned that this was not an ordinary storm, for its sudden manifestation and ferocity were abnormal. According to the traditions of the time, this was an indication that the boat carried a sinner in their midst. There was an extra passenger who was not meant to be there.
The boat was tossed around in the open waters and the force of the pounding waves was threatening to break the hull and drown them all. The passengers unloaded all the excess cargo, but this was not sufficient for the boat to stay afloat.
It was apparent that this condition no longer had any connection to the weight onboard, but something more ominous. The only solution was to throw the sinning passenger overboard, but which one was he? The passengers and crew consulted with each other, and decided to draw lots to decide who the matter. The first round was against Yunus AS.
Given his appearance of piety, the passengers thought there was a mistake, so they drew lots a second time. Again, the odds were against him. This process was repeated a third time, but Yunus AS was still the clear loser. Yunus AS understood that this was the decree of Allah. And he drew lots and was among the losers. He was thrown into the churning waters. Anyone who has been caught in a rough sea will know the feeling of helplessness when tossed about by the huge waves, with limited mobility and even ability to see and breathe. Violent waves can bring disorientation and debilitating seasickness, powerful currents can jettison one uncontrollably off course, and the cold water can cause hypothermia and the cramping of the muscles.
One can drown in minutes, even with a life jacket and swimming experience. Now a bizarre sequence of events unfolded. At the command of Allah, a huge whale came and swallowed him. When he came to, he realized that he was still intact and alive.
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I have made a place of prayer where nobody else has even worshipped you. The whale descended into the depth of the sea. Imprisoned in its belly, Yunus AS could hear voices, which Allah revealed to him was the sound of the marine life, and even the pebbles at the base of the sea, glorifying Him. Yunus AS was immersed in layer upon layer of suffocating darkness — that of the belly of the whale, the darkness of the sea and the darkness of the night.
Allah only knows whether and what he ate and drank during this time. But what could he have done? Even if he escaped from the whale, he would have drowned immediately. Visualise yourself, where any screams for help would be entombed into eternal silence by the currents of the deep. Even with all the modern technology, submarines and tracking equipment available today, rescue under such conditions would be impossible.