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21:87 Dhu al Nun: “the man of the Fish”

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And remember Zun-nun, when he departed in wrath: He imagined that We had no power over him! But he cried through the deptHs of darkness, “There is no god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong!”

. Dhu al Nun. “the man of the Fish or the Whale”,
is the title of Jonah (Yunus), because he was swallowed
by a large Fish or Whale.

The “darkness” may be interpreted both physically and

  • physically, as the darkness of the night and the
    storm and the Fish’s body;
  • spiritually as the darkness in his soul, his extreme
    distress in the situation which he had brought on
    Allah Most Gracious forgave him. He was cast out
    ashore; he was given the shelter of a plant in his state of
    mental and physical lassitude. He was refreshed and
    strengthened, and the work of his mission prospered.
    Thus he overcame all his disappointment by repentance
    and Faith, and Allah accepted him.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 21 verse 87)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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