Repentance | Dua for Hardship

Inspired by the story of Yunus AS

Dua for relief during hardship

This is a print of an Islamic painting by Saleha

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Calligraphy: laaa ilaaha illaaa Anta Subhaanaka innee kuntu minaz zaalimeen

Meaning: “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” [21:87]

The Story 

Repentance: Allah loves those who turn to Him.

The story of Yunus (A.S.) was sent down to comfort the Prophet (PBUH) during his most difficult moment. Like the other prophets, the people of Yunus (A.S.) rejected his message despite his continual efforts. Facing this, Yunus (A.S.) lost hope and left his people without being granted Allah’s permission leave.

As he left, storm clouds gathered and darkness ensued all around. Fearing Allah's punishment, his people accepted his message repented.  By this time, Yunus A.S. was caught in the storm at sea, and chosen to be sacrificed to save his fellow travelers. Allah then commanded a whale to swallow him, but preserves his life. Descending to the bottom of the ocean, he is in total darkness and despair. At this time, in the deafening silence, he hears pebbles on the ocean bed supplicating to Allah.

Understanding his error, Yunus (A.S.) makes sujood and recites a special dua. This dua highlights his acknowledgment of Allah's perfection, and of his own imperfections. The Prophet (PBUH) said, no one calls upon Allah with this dua, except that Allah grants him refuge and relieves him of the hardship he is in. Yunus (A.S.) did not ask to be saved from the whale, or relief from his pains. He only made tauba for his action.

As his body washed up on the shore, he makes the dua again. Allah nurtures him back to health and allows him to return to his people. It is then he discovers that thousands have embraced his message. When we turn to Allah, He elevates us.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Solace and Smiles

I used to flick through Saleha's artwork on Instagram when I was at my darkest points in life. It used to pick me up, help me turn back to Allah and turn my focus onto the beauty of Islam. Who would have thought art could do that. It was healing. I ordered some of these prints myself and have hung them across my walls - they always bring me solace and smiles.

Nimrah Zafar

Delivered on time. No regrets. Absolutely stunning! The quality and design is amazing! Exactly what I wanted!

miral khalil
Beautifully done

The poster size should be nade available to frame. It is a work of beauty mashallah