Jonah (21:87 – 21:88)


[21:87] And Zan-Noon (Jonah, “the one with an ‘N’ in his name”), abandoned his mission in protest, thinking that we could not control him. He ended up imploring from the darkness (of the big fish’s belly): “There is no god other than You. Be You glorified. I have committed a gross sin.”
[21:88] We responded to him, and saved him from the crisis; we thus save the believers.

Buried vs. Planted

  • Jonah in the fish
  • Joseph in the well
  • Joseph in prison
  • Mary in an isolated place
  • Muhammad in the cave
  • Daniel in the lion’s den
  • Moses kills a person in Egypt and flees

Nun means fish in Aramaic.

1 Chronicles 7:27 – Nun his son and Joshua his son.

1Clement 12:2 For when the spies were sent forth unto Jericho by Joshua the son of Nun, the king of the land perceived that they were come to spy out his country, and sent forth men to seize them, that being seized they might be put to death. 


[37:139] Jonah was one of the messengers. [37:140] He escaped to the loaded ship. [37:141] He rebelled and thus, he joined the losers. [37:142] Consequently, the fish swallowed him, and he was the one to blame. [37:143] If it were not that he resorted to meditation (on God), [37:144] he would have stayed in its belly until the Day of Resurrection. [37:145] We had him thrown up into the desert, exhausted. [37:146] We had a tree of edible fruit grown for him. [37:147] Then we sent him to a hundred thousand,* or more. [37:148] They did believe, and we let them enjoy this life.

[2:20] The lightning almost snatches away their eyesight. When it lights for them, they move forward, and when it turns dark, they stand still. If GOD wills, He* can take away their hearing and their eyesight. GOD is Omnipotent.

[21:46] When a sample of your Lord’s retribution afflicts them, they readily say, “We were indeed wicked.” 

[68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish.

Is there a connection between 21:87 and 68:1 (NuN)? 

Jonah when to Nineveh – they were Assyrian

Assyrian at the time had a reputation of being incredibly violent and cruel – so you can understand why Jonah would believe that they would not accept the message

Assyrian Empire – The Ancient Assyrian Civilization
The English placename Nineveh comes from Latin Ninive and Septuagint Greek Nineuḗ (Νινευή) under influence of the Biblical Hebrew Nīnewēh (נִינְוֶה),[2]from the Akkadian Ninua (var. Ninâ)[3] or Old Babylonian Ninuwā.[2] The original meaning of the name is unclear but may have referred to a patron goddess. The cuneiform for Ninâ (𒀏) is a fish within a house (cf. Aramaic nuna, “fish”). This may have simply intended “Place of Fish” or may have indicated a goddess associated with fish or the Tigris, possibly originally of Hurrian origin.[3] The city was later said to be devoted to “the Ishtar of Nineveh” and Ninawas one of the Sumerian and Assyrian names of that goddess

During the reign of King Sennacherib (705–681 BCE) the Assyrians at Nineveh encountered Jonah, a Prophet of Israel,59 who spent three days crossing the “City of the Big Fish,“ so-named because its population had grown to 120,000. At the behest of his God, Elohim, Jonah reluctantly berated the citizens of the city warning that if they did not repent for their depraved behaviors, His God would wipe them out. When Nineveh’s residents showed themselves to be penitent, God told him that he would forgive them.

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Nineveh (today Mosul, Iraq)

In Aramaic, “nun” means “fish”

Jonah: A Historical Backdrop

The Assyrian Empire and Jonah

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Job (21:83 – 21:86)


[21:83] And Job implored his Lord: “Adversity has befallen me, and, of all the merciful ones, You are the Most Merciful.”
[21:84] We responded to him, relieved his adversity, and restored his family for him, even twice as much. That was a mercy from us, and a reminder for the worshipers.
[21:85] Also, Ismail, Idrîs, Zal-Kifl; all were steadfast, patient.
[21:86] We admitted them into our mercy, for they were righteous. 

What does it mean that Job’s family was restored twice as much?

Is there a difference between “restore” vs. “substitute” vs. “revive’

[18:81] “We willed that your Lord substitute in his place another son; one who is better in righteousness and kindness.

[28:13] Thus, we restored him to his mother, in order to please her, remove her worries, and to let her know that GOD’s promise is the truth. However, most of them do not know.

[2:248] Their prophet said to them, “The sign of his kingship is that the Ark of the Covenant will be restored to you, bringing assurances from your Lord, and relics left by the people of Moses and the people of Aaron. It will be carried by the angels. This should be a convincing sign for you, if you are really believers.” 

[3:49] As a messenger to the Children of Israel: “I come to you with a sign from your Lord—I create for you from clay the shape of a bird, then I blow into it, and it becomes a live bird by GOD’s leave. I restore vision to the blind, heal the leprous, and I revive the dead by GOD’s leave. I can tell you what you eat, and what you store in your homes. This should be a proof for you, if you are believers.

[11:45] Noah implored his Lord: “My Lord, my son is a member of my family, and Your promise is the truth. You are the wisest of the wise.” [11:46] He said, “O Noah, he is not of your family. It is unrighteous to ask Me for something you do not know.* I enlighten you, lest you be like the ignorant.” [11:47] He said, “My Lord, I seek refuge in You, lest I implore You again for something I do not know. Unless You forgive me, and have mercy on me, I will be with the losers.” 

Genesis 22:17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 

Job had family restored twice as much. Two times Zal-Kifl is mentioned after mentioning Job. See below:

The Devil Afflicts Job*

[38:41] Remember our servant Job: he called upon his Lord, “The devil has afflicted me with hardship and pain.” [38:42] “Strike the ground with your foot. A spring will give you healing and a drink.”

God Makes it up to the Believers

[38:43] We restored his family for him; twice as many. Such is our mercy; a reminder for those who possess intelligence. [38:44] “Now, you shall travel the land and preach the message, to fulfill your pledge.” We found him steadfast. What a good servant! He was a submitter. [38:45] Remember also our servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were resourceful, and possessed vision. [38:46] We bestowed upon them a great blessing: awareness of the Hereafter. [38:47] They were chosen, for they were among the most righteous. [38:48] Remember Ismail, Elisha, and Zal-Kifl; among the most righteous.

  • Abraham was given two sons that were prophets Isaac and Ishmael.
  • Isaac had two sons: Jacob and Esau
  • Elisha received double the portion of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kings 2:9)
    • 9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
  • Ismail was the first born who received doubl the portion of inheritance (Deuteronomy 21:17)
    • 17 But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that [b]he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. 

Zal-Kifl literally means Possessor of Double Portion

Also this is mentioned in Sura 38 = 19×2 

Who was Zal-Kifl?
Dhul-Kifl, or Zul-Kifl (Classical/ Qur’anic Arabic: ذَا ٱلْكِفْل / ذُو ٱلْكِفْل [Dhū ‘l-Kifl/ Dhā ‘l-Kifl]; “Possessor of Double Portion”) (c. 600 BCE) is an Islamic prophet who has been identified with various Hebrew Bible prophets, most commonly Ezekiel.

The name Zul-Kifl would mean “One of double”, as Zul in Arabic means “the one of” and “kifl” means “double or folded”. Some Islamic scholars have likened Ezekiel’s mission to the description of Dhul-Kifl. When the exile, monarchy, and state were annihilated, a political and national life was no longer possible. In the absence of a worldly foundation it became necessary to build a spiritual one and Ezekiel performed this mission by observing the signs of the time and deducing his doctrines from them. In conformity with the two parts of his book, his personality and his preaching are alike twofold, and the title Zul-Kifl means “the one of double”

David and Solomon (21:78 – 21:82)

David and Solomon

[21:78] And David and Solomon, when they once ruled with regard to someone’s crop that was destroyed by another’s sheep. We witnessed their judgment.
[21:79] We granted Solomon the correct understanding, though we endowed both of them with wisdom and knowledge. We committed the mountains to serve David in glorifying (God), as well as the birds. This is what we did.
[21:80] And we taught him the skill of making shields to protect you in war. Are you then thankful?
[21:81] For Solomon, we committed the wind gusting and blowing at his disposal. He could direct it as he wished, to whatever land he chose, and we blessed such land for him. We are fully aware of all things.
[21:82] And of the devils there were those who would dive for him (to harvest the sea), or do whatever else he commanded them to do. We committed them in his service.

What does it mean the correct understanding versus knowledge and wisdom? 

[38:27] We did not create the heaven and the earth, and everything between them, in vain. Such is the thinking of those who disbelieve. Therefore, woe to those who disbelieve; they will suffer in Hell.

[21:51] Before that, we granted Abraham his guidance and understanding, for we were fully aware of him.* 

1 Kings 4:29-34

29 Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of [a]mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and [b]Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his [c]fame was known in all the surrounding nations. 32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. 34 [d]Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom. 

[72:14] “‘Among us are the submitters, and among us are the compromisers.'” As for those who submitted, they are on the right path. [72:15] As for the compromisers, they will be fuel for Gehenna. [72:16] If they remain on the right path, we will bless them with abundant water.

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Lot (21:74 – 21:75)


[21:74] As for Lot, we granted him wisdom and knowledge, and we saved him from the community that practiced abominations; they were wicked and evil people.
[21:75] We admitted him into our mercy, for he was righteous.

21:74 differentiates between wisdom and knowledge. What is the difference?

[2:269] He bestows wisdom upon whomever He chooses, and whoever attains wisdom, has attained a great bounty. Only those who possess intelligence will take heed. 

[21:79] We granted Solomon the correct understanding, though we endowed both of them with wisdom and knowledge. We committed the mountains to serve David in glorifying (God), as well as the birds. This is what we did.

[38:23] “This brother of mine owns ninety-nine* sheep, while I own one sheep. He wants to mix my sheep with his, and continues to pressure me.”


Abraham: Delivered All Religious Duties of Islam (21:73)

Abraham: Delivered All Religious Duties of Islam

[21:73] We made them imams who guided in accordance with our commandments, and we taught them how to work righteousness, and how to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat).* To us, they were devoted worshipers.
Footnote*21:73 When the Quran was revealed, all religious duties were already established through Abraham (2:128, 16:123, 22:78). 

What is the criteria for being an imam? 

Imam just means a religious leader. Pharaoh was an imam who led his people to Hell:

[28:40] Consequently, we punished him and his troops, by throwing them into the sea. Note the consequences for the transgressors. [28:41] We made them imams who led their people to Hell. Furthermore, on the Day of Resurrection, they will have no help.

[40:29] “O my people, today you have kingship and the upperhand. But who will help us against GOD’s judgment, should it come to us?” Pharaoh said, “You are to follow only what I see fit; I will guide you only in the right path.”

The Contact Prayer were first provided to Abraham  

[14:40] “My Lord, make me one who consistently observes the Contact Prayers (Salat), and also my children. Our Lord, please answer my prayers.

Losing the Contact Prayers (Salat)

[19:59] After them, He substituted generations who lost the Contact Prayers (Salat), and pursued their lusts. They will suffer the consequences. 

  • Moses Contact Prayer: 10:87
  • Jesus Contact Prayer: 10:87
  • Children of Israel Contact Prayer 5:12
  • Abraham Built Ka’bah 2:127 and 22:26


Profound Miracle (21:68 – 21:72)

Profound Miracle

[21:68] They said, “Burn him and support your gods, if this is what you decide to do.”
[21:69] We said, “O fire, be cool and safe for Abraham.”*
[21:70] Thus, they schemed against him, but we made them the losers.
[21:71] We saved him, and we saved Lot, to the land that we blessed for all the people.
[21:72] And we granted him Isaac and Jacob as a gift, and we made them both righteous.
*21:69 “Cool,” without “and safe” would have caused Abraham to freeze.

If you are under God’s protection not even being thrown in fire will hurt you. Also see 21:42. 

[3:174] They have deserved GOD’s blessings and grace. No harm ever touches them, for they have attained GOD’s approval. GOD possesses infinite grace.

[85:4] Woe to the people of the canyon. [85:5] They ignited a blazing fire. [85:6] Then sat around it. [85:7] To watch the burning of the believers. [85:8] They hated them for no other reason than believing in GOD, the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.

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