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יוֹנָה Jonah یونس

Just wanted to share the story of Jonah. Really love it, beautiful, beautiful. From the Tanakh, Jonah 2:

1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
5The engulfing waters threatened me,a
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
10And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
(Translation: New International Version, from here)

From the Quran, 21:87-8:

And remember zun-nun [Jonah], 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!”(87)
So we listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do we deliver those who have faith (88)
(translation: Yusufali)

reza-badrossama(1)This is a Persian miniature called Hazrat Yunus by Reza Badrossama form here.

A Good and Sweet Year שנה טובה ומתוקה

Warmest best wishes to all Jewish people observing the Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Here is the new Iranian president’s tweet wishing Jews a Shanah Tovah. It is accompanied by a picture of an Iranian Jew praying at Yusef Abad synagogue in Tehran.

הללויה Halleluya الحمدلله Al-hamdulillah

The Hebrew word הללויה, pronounced Hallelujah or Halleluya, and the Arabic word الحمدلله‎, pronounced Al-hamdulillah, are similar joyful words of praise to God. The former is used by Christians and Jews, the later is used by Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths. Listen to these two beautiful clips:

Christian usage of Halleluya, in English:

Al-hamdulillah, in Arabic: