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Benefits of Ayat Kareema/Zikr Yunus

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hope you all are well.  

I was just wondering if anyone has any information, or hadiths or lists of benefits of reciting the dua in surah 21 verse 87. 

also how many times it should be recited ? For certain effects etc ? 


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Not all dhikr can be recited, spiritual masters only permit the general public to recite those dhikrs that the have a chain of narrators in which the Holy Prophet (sawa) or the Imams ((عليه السلام)) gave as general advice.
As such be wary when it comes to a'maal that don't have a chain, as they have side effects if one performs them incorrectly or stops performing them or performs them randomly.

In the case of the aforementioned dhikr, that is not the case although a limit has been set my the urafaa' and that is 400 times, any time between maghrib prayers up until fajr prayers.

It should be recited in sujood, and without interruption.

As for its effects, they mention that it is a great form of esteghfar, it purifies the one that recites it, it is good for asking a haja (making a request), it removes certain veils, it is good for the removal of distress and worry.



In the first narration Imam al-Sadiq ((عليه السلام)) mentions that for the one who is filled with sorrow this dhikr should be recited on the night of Friday (Thursday night) after Isha prayers.

In the second, the Holy Prophet (sawa) says The name of Allah that if he is called by it he will answer, and that if He is asked by it, He gives is the dua given to Yunus ((عليه السلام)) and then he was asked is this specifically for Yunus ((عليه السلام)) and he (sawa) replies no it is for everyone, and then proceeds to say did you not hear what Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) said [afterwards]: and thus do We rescue the believers.

In the third, the Holy Prophet (sawa) says I do not know of any person stricken with grief who recites (the dhikr) except that he is relieved from it.

As for the fourth Imam al Sadiq ((عليه السلام)) says I am amazed by one who is stricken by grief that he does not resort to saying (the dhikr is mentioned) for I have heard Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) say afterwards: and thus do We rescue the believers.

As for the fifth: It is the end of a longer tradition where the Imam ends it by saying: and for worry and grief (he mentions the dhikr) Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has said: Thereupon We accepted his prayer, and rescued him from grief. Thus do We rescue the believers.

As for the narrations:

عن ابی عبداللّه(ع) انه قال: دعاء المکروب و الملهوف و من قد اعیته الحیلة و اصابته البلیة، لا اله الاّ انت سبحانک انّی کنت من الظالمین یقولها لیلة الجمعة اذا فرغ من الصلاة المکتوبة من العشاء لآخرة و قال اخذته عن ابی‌جعفر(ع) قال: اخذته عن علی بن الحسین(ع) ذی‌الثفنات اخذه عن الحسین بن علی(ع) اخذه عن امیرالمؤمنین(ع) اخذه عن رسول اللّه(ص) اخذه عن جبرئیل عن اللّه.


رسول اللّه(ص) قال: «اِسمُ اللّه اَلَّذی اِذا دُعی بِهِ اَجابَ وَ اِذا سُئِلَ بِهِ اعطی‌هو دعوة یونس النّبی قلت: یا رَسُولَ اللّه لَهُ خاصّة؟ فَقالَ لَهُ خاصَّة وَ لِجَمیعِ المُؤمِنین عامة اِذا دَعوابِها اَلَم تسمع قول اللّه سُبحانَهُ: «و کذلک ننجی المؤمنین»


قال النبی(ص):«إنّی لاَعْلم کلمةً لا یقرأها مکرُوب إلّا خَرَج عَنه، کَلِمَةُ أخی یونس «فنادی فی الظلمات ان لا اله الّا انت».


الصادق(ع) قال: عَجبتُ لِمَن فَزَعَ مِن اَربع کَیفَ لا یفزع اِلی اَربع:... عَجبتُ لِمَن إغتَّمَ کَیفَ لا یفزع إلی قَولِهِ: «لا الهَ الّا أنتَ سُبحانَکَ إنّی کُنتُ مِنَ الظّالِمین» فَانِّی سَمِعتُ عَزَّوَجَلَ یقُولُ بِعَقَبِها: «فنجیناه من الغم و کذلک ننجی المؤمنین»


ن ابی عبداللّه(ع) قال: اربع لِالأربع الی ان قال و الرابعة للغم و الّهم «لا اله الّا انت سبحانک انّی کنت من الظالمین». قال سبحانه: «فاستجبناله و نجّیناه من الغم و کذلک ننجی المؤمنین».



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Salam certainty  this Ayat wouldn't  has no side effect .Therefore reciting it has been highly  recommended  as much possible  for you likewise reciting  it 400 times during  a day.


In Mysticism

Masters of ethics and mysticism greatly emphasize on saying Yunusiyya supplication and consider its repetition always solving the difficulties for spiritual wayfarers.[6] It is narrated from Sayyid 'Ali Qadi Tabataba'i, the contemporary Shi'a scholar and mystic, that he advised to repeat al-Yunusiyya supplication 400 times. It is also narrated from Ayatollah Kashmiri that the best action for a spiritual wayfarer is a prostration in which he recites Yunusiyya supplication.



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3. Dhikr-e-Yunusiyyah (The Dhikr of Prophet Yunus (as))
Propht Yunus (عليه السلام) became aware of the situation he was in very quickly and with his entire presence, turned towards the presence of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and sought repentance and asked forgiveness from his “Tark-e-Awla”, in the presence of the Most Sacred.
At this point, the well-known and meaningful dhikr from the mouth of Yunus (عليه السلام) was stated which has been narrated in the Qur`an in Suratul Anbiya, Verse 87. Amongst the people of ‘Irfan, it is well known as the 'Dhikr-e-Yunusiyyah':
ghos-start.gif فَنَادَى فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ أَنْ لاَ إِلٌهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ ghos-end.gif

“So then he cried out in the darkness that 'There is no creature worthy of worship except for You, glory be to You, surely I was of the oppressors and unjust to my own self.'”
This sincere confession tempered with his glorification, along with grief and remorse was accepted and just as we read in verse 88 of Suratul Anbiya that:
ghos-start.gif فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ وَكَذٌلِكَ نُـنْجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ghos-end.gif

“So then We answered him (Yunus) and We saved him from the grief and thus do We always rescue the true believers.”[196]
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