I love the story of Prophet Yunus (Jonah). I love it primarily because of the happy ending for his followers. His nation, initially, besieged with idolatry and evil, left their ways behind and became good people. The other reason that I love the story of Jonah is because here was a Prophet of God that lost hope just like the rest of us who are ordinary humans – he was punished for it and eventually forgiven. Surah Yunus gives me hope whenever the going gets tough. Quran says this about Yunus, in Chapter 21:
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.” [21:87]
So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.[21:88]
In fact, a very famous prayer has been taken from 21:87. Here is the transliteration for it:
LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA INNI KUNTU MINAZ ZALIMEEN
Translated to “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.”
This was the prayer recited by Jonah when in the belly of the fish. If this prayer is recited often when facing affliction or adversity, God forgives you and makes it easy for it.
I am going to present sections (collection of verses) from the Chapter or Surah 10 of the Quran titled Yunus. Again to remind you, that this category has collections for verses from the Quran without the Arabic text for it. Just because this Chapter is titled Jonah does not mean that all verses, about him, are found in this Chapter. In fact, as we saw with the verse 21:87 above, there are verses about Jonah (and other Prophets) all over in the Quran but Quran does give some Chapters names of various Prophets. The summary of Chapter Yunus or Jonah is (as we look at its translation) that God’s signs are found in the sun, the moon and nature and men should take a lesson of faith from it.
Source: quran.com, Translation: Sahih International.
Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the verses of the wise Book. [10:1]
Have the people been amazed that We revealed [revelation] to a man from among them, [saying], “Warn mankind and give good tidings to those who believe that they will have a [firm] precedence of honor with their Lord”? [But] the disbelievers say, “Indeed, this is an obvious magician.” [10:2]
Indeed, your Lord is Allah , who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne, arranging the matter [of His creation]. There is no intercessor except after His permission. That is Allah , your Lord, so worship Him. Then will you not remember? [10:3]
To Him is your return all together. [It is] the promise of Allah [which is] truth. Indeed, He begins the [process of] creation and then repeats it that He may reward those who have believed and done righteous deeds, in justice. But those who disbelieved will have a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment for what they used to deny. [10:4]
It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know. [10:5]
Indeed, in the alternation of the night and the day and [in] what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth are signs for a people who fear Allah. [10:6]
Indeed, those who do not expect the meeting with Us and are satisfied with the life of this world and feel secure therein and those who are heedless of Our signs. [10:7]
For those their refuge will be the Fire because of what they used to earn. [10:8]
Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure. [10:9]
Their call therein will be, “Exalted are You, O Allah ,” and their greeting therein will be, “Peace.” And the last of their call will be, “Praise to Allah , Lord of the worlds!” [10:10]