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A narration regarding Yunus (‘alayhis salam) in the belly of the whale

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I want to know whether this narration is correct especially the part

‘صوت ضعيف معروف من بلاد غريبة’

سمعت أنس بن مالك ولا أعلم إلا إن أنسا يرفع الحديث إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ان يونس النبي عليه السلام حين بدا له إن يدعو بهذه الكلمات وهو في بطن الحوت، قال اللهم لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين فأقبلت هذه الدعوة تحف بالعرش فقالت الملائكة
يا رب صوت ضعيف معروف من بلاد غريبة؟ فقال أما تعرفون ذاك قالوا لا يا رب، ومن هو؟ قال عبدي يونس، قالوا عبدك يونس الذي لم يزل يرفع له عمل متقبل ودعوة مجابة؟ قال نعم، قالوا يا رب، أولا ترحم ما كان يصنع في الرخاء فتنجيه من البلاء؟ قال: بلى. فأمر الحوت فطرحه في العراء

 

Answer

Imam Abu Hatim (rahimahullah) has recorded the words you have cited with a weak chain.

(Tafsir Ibn Abi Hatim, Surah Ambiya, Verse: 87)

 

Imam Ibn Jarir and Imam Bazzar (rahimahumallah) have also recorded a similar narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) with a weak chain.

(Musnad Bazzar; Kashful Astar, Hadith: 2254. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 98)

 

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) states that these narrations support each other and gain collective strength.

(Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah, vol. 1 pg. 334)

 

The narration in question is regarding Yunus (‘alayhis salam) in the belly of the whale. When he called out ‘La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin‘, the Angels said, ‘O Allah! This is a familiar voice coming from an unfamiliar place’. Allah Ta’ala informed them that the voice was Yunus (‘alayhis salam). The Angels then  requested Allah Ta’ala to have mercy on him and he wast cast onto the shore.

 

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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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