Yunus Ibn Matta (Alayhi Salam) referred to as Jonah in English, was a messenger of Allah sent to Nineveh, a
city in northern Iraq. The booming city of Nineveh had long forgotten the message of Allah and
became a city filled with idol worshiping and sin. Allah decided to send Prophet Yunus (AS), a
man born among them, as a Messenger to guide them to His path—the path of light.
Prophet Yunus (AS) immediately set out to fulfill Allah’s wish and invited his people to turn to
Allah and shun idol worship, but the people of Nineveh rejected Yunus (AS), just as many nations
rejected the Prophets and Messengers before him. Yunus (AS) was not deterred; he continued to
call them to the worship of Allah, reminding them of the terrible wrath of Allah that was directed
at Ad, Thamud and the people of Nuh, but they rejected him. Yunus (AS) was so angry, he left. He
sailed away in a Ship but the ship was so full and heavy that the people in the ship decided to throw one person out. Due to this, they drew lots and every time the name of Yunus (AS) came up. Therefore, Yunus (AS) was thrown overboard and got swallowed by a whale. Deep in the stomach of the whale, Prophet Yunus (AS) prostrated to Allah and said, “O Allah, I am prostrating to you in a place where no one has prostrated to you before, in the stomach of a fish.”
He then called out to Allah, repeating, “None has the right to be worshipped but You. Glorified
be You. Truly, I have been among the wrongdoers.” ““la ila ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntum minaz-zalimin”
The creatures of the deep sea heard the invocations of Yunus (AS), and gathered around the whale to join along in the celebration of the praises of Allah. He was very ill but Allah was protecting him. When the whale vomited him out, A plant grew and its leaves protected Yunus (AS) from the sun and kept the flies away. A wild goat provided him with milk.
Then Allah Exalted caused Yunus (AS) to recover and forgave him. Allah told him that if it had
not been for his praying to him, he would have stayed in the whale’s stomach till the Day of
Judgment. Prophet Yunus (AS) repented to Allah SWT and Allah SWT accepted his repentance and elevated his rank.
Almighty Allah recounted: “And, verily, Yunus was one of the Messengers. When he ran to the
laden ship, he agreed to cast lots and he was among the losers, Then a big fish swallowed him
and he had done an act worthy of blame. Had he not been of them who glorify Allah, he would
have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection. But We cast him
forth on the naked shore while he was sick and We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him.
And We sent him to a hundred thousand people or even more, and they believed; so We gave
them enjoyment for a while.” (Ch 37:139-148 Quran).
When Yunus (AS) was completely recovered, he traveled back to Nineveh to complete his
mission. Upon arriving at his hometown, Yunus (AS) was stunned that the entire population of
Nineveh had accepted Islam and were awaiting his arrival. Together with his people, Yunus (AS)
prostrated to Allah SWT and thanked Him for all his blessings.
by Hatem Alghzawi (Age 9)