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Prophet Yunus

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Allah the Almighty says :{ And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”87 Surah Al Anbiya,

{And indeed, Jonah was among the messengers. [Mention] when he ran away to the laden ship. And he drew lots[1302] and was among the losers. Then the fish swallowed him, while he was blameworthy. And had he not been of those who exalt Allāh. He would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected. But We threw him onto the open shore while he was ill. And We sent him[1306] to [his people of] a hundred thousand or more. And they believed, so We gave them enjoyment [of life] for a time.}139-148 Surah As-Saaffat

Prophet Yunus was sent to preach to the people of Nineveh, a great city that had become a wicked place filled with idol worshipping and sin. But the people of the city rejected him, just as many nations rejected the messengers before him.

When he realised he had not managed to achieve what he had hoped for, he left disheartened. He then boarded a ship to set sail far away from the city. Once at sea, a massive storm grew stronger and stronger and started to sink.

After drawing lots three times, Yunus was the one to leave the ship. In the water, something extraordinary happened, a whale was sent to swallow Yunus whole, and then descended to the bottom of the sea. He asked for help from Allah. The whale swam to the surface and ejected Yunus onto the beach.

Then with the help of Allah, a plant grew over him to cover the prophet with its shade. And after his recovery from the ordeal, he set to return to Nineveh to discover then that the city and its people had not been destroyed by the terrible storm, as they had all believed in Allah. And We caused to grow over him a gourd vine. And We sent him[1306] to [his people of] a hundred thousand or more.

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