The Relief from Distress
An explanation to the Du’a of Yunus. The Dua of Dhun-Nun (Yunus) by which he invoked Allah from within the belly of the whale.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah sanctify his soul, was asked about the saying of the Prophet (pbuh), The invocation of my brother Yunus, “none has the right to be worshipped save You; glory be to You, far removed are You from any imperfection; I have been amongst the wrong-doers,” none who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allah would relieve him of his difficulty. What is the meaning of this du’a (prayer, supplication)? Are their any unstated conditions that have to be met when one articulates it? What is the connection between belief in the heart and the meaning of this supplication such that it leads to the removal of difficulty? Why did he explicitly confess, ‘I have been amongst the wrong-doers’ when it is known that tawhid in itself leads to the removal of difficulty? Is it sufficient to acknowledge ones’ sin alone, or must this be accompanied by repentance and the firm resolve not to repeat that sin in the future? Why is it that difficulty and harm is removed only when a person relinquishes any hope, reliance and dependency upon the creation? How can the heart relinquish the characteristic of putting hope in the creation and depending on them, and instead put its hope in Allah, Exalted is He, and turn to Him in its entirety? What are the methods that would aid the heart in doing this? The author replies to these questions in the form of this book. The Prophet Yunus (?alayhi as-Salam) spent many years calling his people to worship Allah alone, and to abandon their sinful ways. Only few people believed in his message; finally in despair, Yunus supplicated to Allah that His punishment descends upon his nation. He was commanded by Allah to preach to his people for a further forty days, when three days remained he proclaimed amongst his people that punishment would afflict them in three days and he fled. His people gathered together and agreed that Yunus was a person who was not known to lie, and when they saw that he had indeed fled, they became certain of the imminent punishment and repented, so Allah forgave them and showed them mercy. When Yunus came to know that Allah forgave his people, fearing disgrace and being called a liar, he embarked upon a ship, before long the ship was overcome with bad weather, as a result he was thrown into the sea, he was swallowed by a huge whale. In the stomach of the whale he called upon his Lord in pitch darkness, ?There is none worthy of worship save You! Glory be to You, far removed are You from my any imperfection; I have been among the wrongdoers.? Allah responded to him and rescued him from his grief, and the whale spews him out onto the beach. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, ?The dua of my brother Yunus, ?None has the right to be worshiped save You; glory be to You, far removed are You from any imperfection; I have been amongst the wrong-doers,? none who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allah would relieve him of his difficulty. The author explains this supplication in the form of this book in extensive detail and its significance. This is an extremely beneficial work explaining this very powerful dua and how it can remove harm, difficulties, worries, stress, anxiety and much more. This great work will benefit every reader and empower them to call upon their Lord in the best of forms, even at the most difficult of times. It is the most detailed work on this great supplication in English literature.