The Supplication of Sayyidina Yunus (Jonah)
Healing in the Qur’an and Sunnah, Volume 7
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
27 December 2012 Fenton Zawiya, Michigan
A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytaani 'r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmaani 'r-Raheem.
Nawaytu 'l-arba`een, nawaytu 'l-`itikaaf, nawaytu 'l-khalwah, nawaytu 'l-`uzlah,
nawaytu 'r-riyaadah, nawaytu 's-sulook, lillahi ta`alaa fee haadha 'l-masjid.
Alhamdulillah that Allah (swt) with His Karam, Generosity, gave us
life, and how many children die in the womb of the mother? Allah (swt)
not only gave us life, but on top of that He made us from Ummata
’n-Nabi (s)! It is Ummatan marhooma, the ummah blessed with Allah’s
Mercy, and Ummatan naghfoorah, an ummah that Allah has forgiven. And
there are many ahadith on that, which is not our discussion today. So
in order that Allah (swt) forgives us from our sins, He mentioned to
us through His beloved Prophet (s) to read from Holy Qur’an.
Imagine this: they do statistics for publishing houses, for example
there are hundreds of books and (they do statistics to see) how many
people have read them and which has the highest percentage of
(readership), is it not? And the one with highest percentage becomes
the favourite. And so you see hundreds of people rush to buy it and
read it because too many people have read that and are happy with it.
And I heard that the most-read book which also made the most money is
Harry Potter, and that it is not just millions who have read it, but
hundreds of millions have read it, and they made millions of copies
and Muslims and non-Muslims have read it. Is that right? And they
made a movie out of it and you have to stand in line for hours and
hours to go inside the movie theater, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
People were happy with that author, a young lady, and the author was
happy because everyone was reading her book.
So let us ask ourselves about that Harry Potter book. It is imaginary
and not worth nickels or pennies, even five cents is too much, or not
worth reading because it is a waste of time, but people are jumping to
get it, and you have to place an order to get that book as it is not
available (in the bookstores). And then you keep reading and they ask
you questions in school and ask you to write an essay from it and it
becomes a project. And everyone is rushing to read it over and over,
in order to understand it more and what did you get at the end? They
took your money! Is there anything else?
There is not one single book in the whole world that if you read it
they give you money, is there? Only one book, that if you read it you
get wealth in dunya and Akhirah! And not only that, but Allah (swt)
will be very happy with you because you reading His Divine Words that
are the Holy Qur’an and there are ahadith of Prophet (s). Ask all
`ulama around, even scholars who write books, and there are many
scholars who write books on many issues that concern Muslims, but not
concerning Akhirah issues; for example, on banking in Islam,
psychology of Muslim identity and many other topics, but these authors
still take your money and if you read their books you will still not
be rewarded. But if you read hadith an-Nabi and Holy Qur'an, you get
wealth in dunya and Akhirah, shifaa’ in dunya and Akhirah, rewards in
dunya and Akhirah, happiness in dunya and Akhirah, blessings in dunya
and Akhirah and you will be with the Prophet (s) in dunya and Akhirah,
and you will be able to see Allah (swt) in Paradise! Is there any
other book that can do that other than Holy Qur'an and hadith of the
Prophet (s)? Show them to me! Why then is the Holy Qur'an left on
shelves and ahadith of the Prophet (s) are only on shelves?
If you don’t know Arabic, you can at least look at the pages. Open the
page, put your finger at the first ayah and keep moving along the
lines. If you don’t know how to read, try to learn. Pakistanis know
how to read Urdu, it is written in Arabic script, the Persians also
have Arabic script, they have no excuse, the Bengalis might have an
excuse and those in India also might not know how to read Arabic, but
Urdu-speaking people have no excuse and Arabs absolutely have no
excuse, they will be asked! May Allah (swt) not ask us, and send us to
Paradise with no questions. And if this whole dunya came together to
read and to reward you for their books, and you are reading the Holy
Qur'an, their reward means nothing compared to Allah’s Rewards. Allah
will reward us from His Greatness that has no beginning and no end,
and will He reward us from His Mercy that has no beginning and no end!
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ
وَشِفَاء لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Yaa ayyuha an-naasu qad ja’atkum maw`izhatun min rabbikum wa shifaaun
limaa fi ’s-sudoori wa hudan wa rahmatun li ’l-mumineen
Mankind there has come to you a guidance from your Lord and a healing
for (the diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe a
guidance and a mercy. (Yunus, 10:57)
When you read the Harry Potter books, do you get cured? Read it a
hundred times, is there any cure? You get disturbed even more! There
is no comparison from all dunya books to the Holy Qur'an; that one is
dunya words and this one is Allah’s Words, so everything else is
Shaytan’s words if it is not hadith or Islamic books, so you must run
to it! On every letter of the Holy Qur’an there are Allah’s Rewards;
not only on every word, but on every letter that you recite, because a
letter is like the abbreviations Alif, Laam, Meem, or Kaaf, Haa, Yaa,
`Ayn, Saad at the beginning of many suras, three, four or five letters
and you don’t know their meanings, but these are secret encrypted
letters of words of Holy Qur’an. Every letter is divine and has
rewards. So from the number of letters in a word, for example, it is
four, they are the divine letters that comprise the words of the Holy
Qur'an. Take any letter you want, as in the word “Allah,” every letter
is divine: in “ar-Rahman,” every letter is divine as it is part of the
Not one book from around the world gives you reward when you read it
except the Holy Qur'an and for reading even one letter, Allah (swt)
will reward you as He said:
وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Wa nunazzilu mina al-qur’ani ma huwa shifaa’un wa rahmatun li ‘l-mu’mineen.
And We sent down in the Qur’an such things that have healing and mercy
for the believers.
(Surat an-Najm, 17:82)
“We revealed and sent down what is a cure for believers.” Since the
beginning of suras have encrypted letters, it means every letter in
Holy Qur'an has shifaa’ in it. So which (dunya) book can give shifaa’?
There is none, no way! It is (only) the Holy Qur’an. Good tidings to
you mu’mins and Muslims, that Allah (swt) gave you the Holy Qur'an
that will take all your problems and give you happiness, and Allah
accepts from you, even if you have done something wrong, if you ask
forgiveness Allah will forgive you!
Allah (swt) sent Sayyidina Yunus (a) to 100,000 people to call them to
Him. He called and called, and they didn’t listen to him and so he ran
away (seeking solitude in Allah). What happened to him? Allah taught
him a lesson and He ordered the whale to swallow him. What did
Sayyidina Yunus (a) do? Look at the barakah of the Holy Qur'an! In
Jami`ah at-Tirmidhi and Sahih of al-Hakim, Sa`d Ibn Abi Waqqas (r)
said that Sayyidina Yunus (a) used to make a du`a in the belly of the
whale that is a verse in Holy Qur'an:
لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Laa ilaaha illa Anta! Subhaanaka innee kuntu min azh-zhaalimeen!
There is no god except You! Limitless are You in your Glory! Verily I
am among the oppressors!
(Surat al-Anbiya 21:87)
Is it Holy Qur'an or not? “O Allah! There is no one except You and I
was an oppressor to myself,”
because he ran away and did not continue (the order to deliver the
Message). So what did the Prophet (s) say? Annahu lam yadu`a bihi
shayin Muslim qat illa yastajib lahu, “In anything that you ask, in
illness or need, or anything at all, if you recite that verse Allah
will respond to you and answer you.” But Sayyidina Yunus (a) didn’t
say it only once, he was saying it continuously on his breathing in
and breathing out, until Allah’s test finished and the whale threw him
Is there any book other than Holy Qur'an that you recite or read from
and the Prophet (s) will say if you ask Allah through it, like that
verse of Holy Qur'an that Sayyidina Yunus (a) was saying, you get
acceptance or reward? No way. And that verse is part of the Holy
Qur'an. That means (it is proof that) the Holy Qur'an is the book you
get rewarded for reading every time and in each reading rewarded a
different way. For example, if you read Surat al-Baqarah from
beginning to end you will get reward, and if you read it the next day,
don’t think the reward will be the same as for the first reading. If
you read it a third time the reward is different, and each time you
read the same surat there is different reward and a different tajalli
coming on you on that day.
That is why some Sahaabah used to read the whole Holy Qur'an in one
day, including the night. It takes twenty minutes to read one juz
(one-thirtieth), so thirty juz can be finished in six-hundred minutes,
which is ten hours, or some people can read them in fifteen hours.
There are some people who don’t stop (read continuously). The
muqrieen, those who (memorized) and recite Holy Qur'an, have
principles in reciting the Holy Qur'an and every day they have to
recite five juz to keep refreshing their memory. So Allah (swt) is
telling us, recite it like Dhul-Nun (a), Sayyidina Yunus (a), recite,
“Laa ilaaha illa Anta Subhaanaka innee kuntu min azh-zhalimeen,” and
you will get reward from Him in health and wealth. Say it and get the
We mentioned many du`as yesterday that have Ismullah al-`Azham in
them. Sayyidina Anas (r) heard someone asking, “Do you want me to tell
you about the Greatest Name?” and Sayyidina Musa (a) was asking Allah
(swt) to teach him that Greatest Name which, if you use it, Allah
(swt) will grant whatever you ask immediately without restriction!
The Prophet (s) asked the Sahaabah (r), “Do you want me to teach you
the Greatest Name of Allah? It is the du`a of Sayyidina Yunus (a).”
One man asked, “Is that private to Yunus (a)?” and the Prophet (s)
said, “Did you not hear Allah's Word?”
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ وَكَذَلِكَ نُنجِي
Fastajabnaa lahu wa najaynaahu min al-ghamm wa kadhaalika nunjee ’l-mu’mineen.
And so We responded to him and delivered him from his distress, for
thus do We deliver all who have faith. (Surat al-Anbiya, 21:88)
It means, “We accepted his du`a and We saved him from all ghamm,
miseries!” So if you read the Holy Qur’an it will save you, and any
Muslim or mu’min who recites this verse during his illness from which
he dies, if he recited it forty times then he will die as a shaheed.
Allahu Akbar! People were running to die as shaheed (martyrs) in the
time of the Prophet (s). When Prophet (s) declared there is a war to
defend Muslims from aggression, as he defended his people through holy
wars, and Allah (swt) gave them ajar shaheed. And the Prophet (s)
said, “If you recite this verse forty times and die on your bed, you
will be given the reward of a shaheed! Wa in buriya buriya maghfooran
lah, and if he didn’t die he will be cured and he will be forgiven.”
So let us try to recite it now to get cured as there is no holy war
now; the holy war has principles and (currently) they are not there,
but when Mahdi (a) comes that is different. But now if you recite it
you will get a cure and you will be forgiven. (Everyone recites with
Mawlana) Laa ilaaha illa Anta! Subhaanaka innee kuntu min
azh-zhaalimeen fastajabnaa lahu wa najaynaahu min al-ghamm wa
kadhaalika nunjee ’l-mu’mineen.
That is the only book that gives that reward, so don’t put it on the
shelves, put it in your hearts, which means to read it. If we don't
know how to read, awliyaullah gave a fatwa for those who don’t know
(that they may look at the Arabic words), but we know how to read and
we have to try as much as possible to read. May Allah (swt) forgive us
for not giving the Holy Qur’an it’s rights! But for those who are
converts and don’t know how to read, they have to put their finger
under the ayah and move it and read the commentary on the side so at
least they will know what they are reading and understand the meaning.
And Allah (swt) is Great! He knows we cannot read, so Allah (swt) will
still reward us. May Allah (swt) forgive us, bless us, reward us and
cure us and give us health and wealth in dunya and Akhirah and
forgiveness bi jaahi ‘l-qur’an, of the sake of the Holy Qur’an.
Wa min Allahi 't-tawfeeq, bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.
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