Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Jonah was saved from the anguish

Quran Chapter 21  87b & 88 (Pt-17, Stg-4) (L-2073) درس قرآن

Jonah was saved from the anguish

Chapter “The Prophets” – (Suratul – ‘Ambiyaaa’ – 21)

 ‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

وَذَا ٱلنُّونِ إِذ ذَّهَبَ مُغَٰضِبًا فَظَنَّ أَن لَّن نَّقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ فَنَادَىٰ فِى ٱلظُّلُمَٰتِ أَن لَّآ إِلَٰهَإِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ 87

فَٱسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُۥ وَنَجَّيْنَٰهُ مِنَ ٱلْغَمِّ وَكَذَٰلِكَ نُۨجِىٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ 88


87b.  but he cried out in the darkness, saying: There is no God save Thee. Be Thou Glorified! Lo! I have been a wrongdoer.


88.  Then We heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. And thus We save Believers.

87b.  faNaadaa  fiz-zulumaati  ‘al-“Laaa-‘ilaaha  ‘illaaa  ‘AnTa  SubhaanaKa  ‘in-nii  kuntu  minaz-zaalimiin”.


88.  FastajabNaa  lahuu,  wa  najjayNaahu  minal-gamm.  Wa  kazaalika  Nunjil-  Mu’-miniin.




Prophet Jonah (peace be upon him) came out from the township and embarked on a boat to cross the river. The boat began to drown in the centre of the river. The people said: Any slave; deserted from his master; exists on the board of the boat. Drop him in the river then the boat will go forth! They cast lots, then the name of Jonah (peace be upon him) came out thrice. In the end’ he jumped into the river and a big fish swallowed him (peace be upon him). Allaah Almighty commanded to the fish: Keep him in your belly as a trust. He (peace be upon him) is not for your food. We have imprisoned him in your belly.


In that dark closet, Jonah (peace be upon him) cried out unto Allaah Almighty: You are free from all defects. I am guilty without any doubt that I fixed three days for coming of torment upon them without Your Commandment, and then I deserted from the township without Your Order.


Allaah Almighty commanded to the fish: Throw him (peace be upon him) out on the bank of the river!


It is on the record that Jonah (peace be upon him) remained four hours in the belly of the fish. Allaah Almighty commands: We heard his prayer and saved him from that narrow and dark place. We save likewise them from distresses who believe in Us.


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).