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Prophet Yunus

Prophet Yunus (Jonah) was sent by Allah to a big town where many people had forgotten Allah's orders and did many things which Allah had forbidden. You should believe only in Allah and obey only Him, Yunus told them. You should worship Him alone and do good, otherwise a severe punishment will come upon you!

But Yunus soon discovered that the people did not want to listen to him. He lost patience with them and left the town in anger. Afterwards, Yunus decided to go across the sea, and boarded a ship for the voyage. But when the ship was in the middle of the ocean, Yunus suffered a great misfortune. He was thrown overboard and swallowed up by an enormous fish! Fortunately though, the fish had swallowed Yunus in one big gulp, so he landed in its stomach unhurt.

It was very dark inside the fish's stomach and Yunus grew very fearful. In his loneliness, he started to think over what had happened in the town and came to realize that he should not have acted so hastily and in such a quick-tempered manner. Instead, he should have stayed and kept on speaking to the people and ask them to return to Allah.

In his despair, Yunus started to pray with all his heart to Allah. He said, "Oh Allah, there is no God apart from You. You alone do I praise and honor. I have done wrong. If you do not help me, I shall be lost forever."

Allah hears the prayers of those who pray to Him and those who believe in Him. Allah heard Yunus's prayers and He caused Yunus to come out of the fish's stomach, and to be swept by the waves of the ocean all the way to the shore.
Poor Yunus was in a terrible state after all that and just lay on the beach weak, ill and helpless. He felt dreadfully miserable, but Allah caused a tree to grow and this tree provided Yunus with shade and good fruits. Before long, Yunus had recovered his health and strength.

When he was better, Allah sent Yunus back to the town. This time, though, the people there listened to Yunus when he told them it was better for them if they believed in Allah and worshiped Him alone and that they must do good. Everyone was much happier after that.

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