Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Repentance from errors

Quran Chptr 10-98 (Pt-11, Stg-3) (L–1327)درس قرآن

Repentance from errors

Surah YUUNUS – 10 (JONAH)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


98.  Then why was there not any town which believed so that its belief might have profited it – (non) except the folk of Jonah! When they believed We drew off from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the world and gave them comfort for a while. 98.  Fa-law-laa  kaanat  qar-yatun  ‘aamant  fa-nafa-‘ahaaa  ‘Iimaa-nuhaaa  ‘illaa  Qawma  YUUNUS.  Lammaaa  ‘aama-nuu  kashaf-Naa  ‘anhum  ‘azaa-bal-khiz-yi  fil-Hayaatid-dunyaa  wa  matta’-Naahum  ‘ilaa  hiin.    




It is commanded that the human being, being entangled in the worldly matters, becomes careless to this extent that he does not pay attention unto Allah Almighty. Due to this negligence, many nations were destroyed and ruined by the torment of Allah Almighty. If some of them believed in Allah Almighty, they believed at such time when really the torment had fallen suddenly upon them.


However, an example of the folk of Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him) exists, that; as soon as those people observed tokens of torment prior to its occurrence; they understood that Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him) spoke the truth, that if they would not believe in Allah Almighty, His torment would descend upon them. Looking unusual tokens of hurricane and violent storm in the sky, they all ran to search Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him), but they could not find Him.


At last they all went to jungle along with their families and pet cattle, accepted their errors by shedding tears and repented because they were really sorrowful for sins; and believed in Allah Almighty with true hearts. Due to their bewailing, the torment was withdrawn from them. And they were saved from disgrace of destruction and ruin. Then they were obedient servants of Allah Almighty and became rich of God’s blessings. So they passed their worldly life with success.


Story of Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him) will come in Surah Saaf-faat (Chapter 37). The aim from telling only a little; here; is that other all folks overcame with carelessness so much that till the time the torment did not come unexpectedly upon them; they did not believe. Only the folk of Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him) is such nation which repented immediately from disobedience of Allah Almighty as soon as they saw the portent of torment, and believed wholeheartedly.


Prophet Jonah (peace be upon Him) had said to His nation being distressed: the torment will come upon you after three days. Saying this, He (peace be upon Him) flew away from that territory. It all happened after His (peace be upon Him) departure.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif) . https://youtu.be/6_v50YE0SRA