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Qasas ul Anbiya: Stories of the Prophets

21. Hazrat Yunus (Prophet Jonah)

According to Islamic tradition, Hazrat Younus (AS) was a prophet sent to guide the ancient Israelites toward the worship of one God and righteous living.

Hazrat Younus (AS) preached Islam to the people of Nineveh, in modern-day Iraq. However, they rejected his message and refused to repent.

Feeling frustrated, Hazrat Younus (AS) left Nineveh and boarded a ship. God sent a storm, and the sailors threw him overboard, believing he was the cause. He was swallowed by a large fish and remained inside for three days and nights.

In the belly of the fish, Hazrat Younus (AS) prayed for forgiveness. God answered, and the fish released him onto land.

Hazrat Younus (AS) returned to Nineveh, where the people accepted his message and repented.

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