Surah Saffat Ayat 139 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 139
And indeed, Jonah was among the messengers.
So also was Jonah among those sent (by Us).
And Jonah too was one of the Messengers.
And, verily, Yunus (Jonah) was one of the Messengers.
And lo! Jonah verily was of those sent (to warn)
And surely Yûnus (Jonah) is indeed one of the Emissaries,
Jonah too was one of the messengers.
Quran 37 Verse 139 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Saffat ayat 139, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(37:139) And Jonah too was one of the Messengers.
77. This is the third place where the Prophet Jonah (peace be upon him) has been mentioned in the Quran. Before this he has already been mentioned in Surah Younus and Surah Al-Anbiya. (For reference, please see (Surah Younus, Ayat 98 ) and (Surah Al-Anbiya, Ayats 87-88) and E.Ns thereof).
139. And verily, Yunus was one of the Messengers. 140. When he ran to the laden ship: 141. Then he (agreed to) cast lots, and he was among the losers. 142. Then a (big) fish swallowed him as he had done an act worthy of blame. 143. Had he not been of them who glorify Allah, 144. He would have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection. 145. But We cast him forth on the naked shore while he was sick, 146. And We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him. 147. And We sent him to a hundred thousand (people) or even more. 148. And they believed; so We gave them enjoyment for a while.
We have already discussed the story of Yunus, peace be upon him, in Surat Al-Anbiya’ (21:87-88). In the Two Sahihs it is reported that the Messenger of Allah said:
(It is not right for any person to say I am better than Yunus bin Matta.)
(When he ran to the laden ship.) Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “It was filled with cargo.
(Then he (agreed to) cast lots,) means, to draw lots.”
(and he was among the losers.) means among those who have been overcome. This was because the ship was being pounded by the waves on all sides, and they were at risk of drowning, so they drew lots, and whoever lost would be thrown overboard so as to lighten the load. The Prophet of Allah Yunus, peace be upon him, lost the draw three times, but they did not want to throw him overboard. He took off his garment so that he could throw himself into the sea, and they tried to stop him. Then Allah commanded a large fish from the Green Sea (i.e., Mediterranian Sea) to cleave the oceans and come and swallow Yunus, peace be upon him, without cutting his flesh or breaking his bones. The fish came and Yunus, peace be upon him, threw himself overboard, and the fish swallowed him and took him away, traveling through all the seas with him. When Yunus had stayed for some time in the fish’s belly, he thought that he had died; then he moved his head and legs and arms, and saw that he was alive. He prayed in the belly of the fish, and one of the things he said in his main prayer was: “O Lord, I have taken as a place of worship to You a place which no other person has reached.” They differed as to how long he spent in the belly of the fish. Some said three days; this was the view of Qatadah. Some said seven days; this was the view of Ja`far As-Sadiq, may Allah be pleased with him. Some said forty days; this was the view of Abu Malik. Mujahid said, narrating from Ash-Sha`bi, “It swallowed him in the morning and cast him forth in the evening.” And Allah knows best how long exactly was. Allah says,
(Had he not been of them who glorify Allah, He would have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection.) It was said that, if he had not already done righteous deeds during his time of ease. This was the view of Ad-Dahhak bin Qays, Abu Al-`Aliyah, Wahb bin Munabbih, Qatadah and others, and it was the view favored by Ibn Jarir. This is what is indicated in the authentic Hadith which we quote below, if Allah wills. In a Hadith narrated from Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, he said:
(Remember Allah during times of ease and He will remember you during times of difficulty.) And it was said that what was meant by the Ayah:
(Had he not been of them who glorify Allah,) was the meaning of the following Ayat:
(But he cried through the darkness (saying): “La ilaha illa Anta, You are glorified! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.” So We answered his call, and delivered him from the distress. And thus We do deliver the believers.) (21:87-88). This was the view of Sa`id bin Jubayr and others. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him — and I do not know of anything narrated from Anas that he did not attribute to the Messenger of Allah :
(When it occurred to the Prophet Yunus, upon him be peace, to call upon Allah in these words when he was in the belly of the great fish, he said, “La ilaha illa Anta, Yo are glorified! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.” This call went and hovered around the (mighty) Throne, and the angels said, “O Lord, this is the voice of one who is weak but known, in a faraway strange land. Allah, may He be exalted, said, “How do you know this” They said, “O Lord, who is he” Allah, may He be exalted, said, “My servant Yunus.” They said, “Your servant Yunus, from whom there kept coming acceptable deeds and supplications which were answered!” They said, “O Lord, will You not have mercy on him for what he did during his time of ease, and save him from this trial and tribulation” He said, “Of course.” So, He commanded the great fish, and it cast him forth on the naked shore.) Allah says:
(But We cast him forth) meaning, `We threw him out,’
(on the naked shore) Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, and others said that this refers to land in which there is no vegetation and no buildings.
(while he was sick,) means, when he was weak of body.
(And We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him.) Ibn Mas`ud and Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with them both, Mujahid, `Ikrimah, Sa`id bin Jubayr, Wahb bin Munabbih, Hilal bin Yasaf, `Abdullah bin Tawus, As-Suddi, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, `Ata’ Al-Khurasani and several others, all said that gourd means squash. Some of them mentioned that the squash has a number of benefits: it grows quickly, its leaves offer shade because of their large size and smooth texture, flies do not come near it, and its fruits provide good nourishment; they may be eaten raw or cooked, and both the pulp and the peel may be eaten. It was reported that the Messenger of Allah used to like squash and would look for it wherever it was on the serving dish.
(And We sent him to a hundred thousand (people) or even more.) It is as if he was commanded, after he came forth from the fish, to go back to those to whom he had been sent in the first place, and they all believed in him.
(or even more.) Makhul said, “They numbered one hundred and ten thousand. This was reported by Ibn Abi Hatim. Ibn Jarir said, “Some of the scholars of Arabic, the people of Basrah, said that this means up to one hundred thousand or more.” Ibn Jarir interpreted this Ayah as he interpreted the Ayat:
(Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness) (2:74).
(Behold! a section of them fear men as they fear Allah or even more) (4:77), and
(And was at a distance of two bows’ length or (even) nearer) (53:9). The meaning is, not less than that, but rather more.
(And they believed;) means, these people to whom Yunus, peace be upon him, had been sent all believed.
(so We gave them enjoyment for a while. ) means, until the time of their appointed end. This is like the Ayah,
(Was there any town (community) that believed, and its faith (at that moment) saved it — except the people of Yunus; when they believed, We removed from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the (present) world, and permitted them to enjoy for a while.) (10:98)
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