Is there a hadith stating that he who reads the supplication of the Prophet Yunus will be saved from his tribulations?

Details of the Question

- What is the importance of this supplication?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

There are hadiths about the virtue of that supplication:

"If a person who is in trouble reads the supplication of my brother Yunus, Allah will eliminate his trouble. The supplication is as follows:

‘There is no god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong.’"(Ibn Taymiyya, Fatawal Kubra, 5/218).

“If a person reads the supplication 'There is no god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong' (al-Anbiya, 21/87), which Yunus read in the belly of the fish, Allah will definitely accept his supplication.” (Tirmidhi, Dua 82)

As for the wisdom behind this supplication mentioned in the chapter of al-Anbiya, the interpretation of this supplication and the thoughts about it are explained in a nice way in the First Lem'a (Flash):

"The gist of the celebrated story of the Prophet Yunus (Jonah) is as follows: He was cast into the sea and swallowed by a large fish. The sea was stormy, the night turbulent and dark, and hope exhausted. But it was while he was in such a situation that his supplication acted for him as a swift means of salvation." (see Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Lem'alar, Birinci Lem'a)

Hz. Yunus read that supplication in that terrible and hopeless state; then, he received Allah’s help and assistance. There were three enemies that wanted to kill him in that incident: The first one was the stormy night, the second one was the wavy sea/ocean and the third one was a fish among millions of fish.

The Prophet Yunus regarded divine oneness as the only way of getting rid of that tribulation and expressed it in his supplication. That is, this supplication emerged from the following thought: Only a deity that is free and away from all imperfection can save me from the belly of the fish in this huge ocean, dark night, stormy weather and adverse circumstances.

The summary of the lesson we take from this story is as follows:

Compared to the state of the Prophet Yunus, our night is the future, our ocean is this world and our fish is our soul. That is, our future is not guaranteed; we might enter the grave without belief, which will mean absolute darkness. The world, which is our ocean, has dragged us to the bottom and swallowed us; besides, it has caused us to forget the hereafter badly. Billions of people have been drowned in this ocean of the world in terms of life in the hereafter. Our soul, which is our fish, is trying to destroy us, that is to eliminate our eternal life, by swallowing us. We are in a situation worse than that of the Prophet Yunus; therefore, we need that supplication more than him.

To sum up, the meaning of that supplication is as follows: I am desperately in need of You. Only You can save me from this dead end because You are a blessed and perfect deity. You have infinite knowledge, will and power. A fish is transformed into a submarine, stormy sea into calm sea and dark night into moonlit night as a result of a single command of You.

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