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Jonah is the name given in the Hebrew Bible to a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century BC, the eponymous central character in the Book of Jonah, famous for being swallowed by a fish. The Biblical story of Jonah is repeated in the Qur'an. Jonah is regarded as a saint by a number of Christian denominations. He is commemorated as a prophet in the Calendar of Saints of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church on September 22. The apocryphal Lives of the Prophets, which may be Jewish or Christian in origin, ####offers further biographical details about Jonah.
Jonah in Islam
Like many important Biblical characters, Jonah is also important in Islam as a prophet who is faithful to God and delivers His messages. He is known to Muslims by his Arabic name, Yunus and also as (The One with the Whale. Chapter 37 (equivalent to chapter 37) of the Qur'an is where the full story of Prophet Jonah is recounted in Chapter 37, verses 139-148:
• 37:139 AND, BEHOLD, Jonah was indeed one of Our message-bearers
• 37:140 when he fled away like a runaway slave onto a laden ship.
• 37:141 And then they cast lots, and he was the one who lost;
• 37:142 [and they cast him into the sea,] whereupon the great fish swallowed him, for he had been blame-worthy.
• 37:143 And had he not been of those who [even in the deep darkness of their distress are able to] extol God's limitless glory,
• 37:144 he would indeed have remained in its belly till the Day when all shall be raised from the dead:
• 37:145 but We caused him to be cast forth on a desert shore, sick [at heart] as he was,
• 37:146 and caused a creeping plant to grow over him [out of the barren soil].
• 37:147 And [then] We sent him [once again] to [his people,] a hundred thousand [souls] or more:
• 37:148 and [this time] they believed [in him]- and so We allowed them to enjoy their life during the time allotted to them.
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