Have you ever heard about the Prophet who was swallowed by a very big fish called the whale? This is the story that we begin to tell from this edition, biithnillaah! If you have heard of it, then this will make you remember. If you have not heard the story before, then this is your chance to know it! Read on!
Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) was also known as Dhun-Nun (the one of the fish). He was from the town called Nineveh. The people of Nineveh worshiped idols and lived a shameless life. Then Allaah sent Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) to remind them to worship Allaah.
The people did not like this and they argued: We and our forefathers have worshiped these gods for many years and no harm has come to us. Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) tried his best but they ignored him. He warned them that if they continued with their foolishness, Allaah's punishment would soon follow. Instead of fearing Allaah, they told Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him): Let it happen, they told him. Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) became sad and angry and said, In that case I will leave you to your misery! Allaah informs us in the Quraan: "And remember Dhun- Nun (Yunus), when he went off in anger, and imagined that We shall not punish him" (Q21:87)
Hardly had Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) left the city when the skies began to change colour and looked as they were on fire. The people were filled with fear at this sight. They Remembered the people 'Ad, Thamud and Nuh. Was theirs to be a similar fate? Slowly, they began to have faith in their hearts. They all gathered on the mountain and started to ask Allaah for His mercy and forgiveness. It was an hour filled with sincere repentance! .
Meanwhile, Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) had boarded a small ship. It sailed all day with calm waters and a good wind. When night came, the sea suddenly changed. A horrible storm blew as if it was going to split the ship into pieces. The waves were wild. They rose as high as mountains and plunged down like valleys, tossing the ship and sweeping over the deck. The crew became afraid. What would they do to save themselves? They decided that if they reduced the load on the ship, it would make the ship lighter and there lives safer. They threw their baggage overboard, but this was not enough. The weight must be reduced further. They decided among themselves to lighten their load by removing at least one person.
The captain directed: "We will make lots with all the travelers names. The one whose name is drawn will be thrown into the sea. Although this was a pagan practice, everyone on the ship had to be a part of it. Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him ) reluctantly took part in the lot. The lot was drawn three times and unfortunately for Prophet Yunus (peace be upon. him), his name came up all of the three times! Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) began to think that this may be Allaah's way of punishing him. After all, he had left the mission of Allaah without permission. He stood at the edge of the ship, looking at the furious sea.
He jumped into the sea and disappeared beneath the huge waves while mentioning Allaah's name. Meanwhile, a command had been issued from Allaah to one of the greatest whales of the sea to surface. It obeyed. It hurried to the surface of the sea and followed the ship as it had been commanded. The whale found Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him) floating on the waves before it and ... What happened next? Find out in the next edition insha Allaah!
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited