la ilaha illa anta subhanaka
Prophet Yunus Dua
لَّآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ
Assalamualaikum, today I would like to share a supplication with you that can bring solace during times of distress. It’s a concise and straightforward dua that you can memorize in just a few minutes.
This dua proved to be sufficient for Prophet Yunus (may peace be upon him) when he found himself trapped alone in the darkness within the belly of a whale. The Quran recounts that reciting this dua relieved him of his burden.
Prophet Yunus Dua
In Arabic: لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ
Transliteration: la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz-zalimin
English Meaning: There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.
This verse, commonly referred to as Ayat E Kareema or Ayat Karima, is mentioned in Surah Anbiya Verse 87. The full verse goes as follows:
“And [mention] the man of the fish when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted, are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” It continues on, “So We responded to him and saved him from distress. And thus do We save the believers.”
If you’re familiar with the story of Prophet Yunus, you’ll know that he gave up on his people without Allah’s permission and decided to leave the city of Nineveh in hopes of finding a more receptive city for the message of Islam. This is why the Quran mentions “the man of the fish when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him.”
As a consequence, he was abandoned by his ship members, swallowed by a whale, and left in darkness. In that moment, he cried out, remembering and praising Allah, admitting his faults by saying, “Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” Allah, seeing his genuine and sincere apology, then relieved him.
Significance of La Ilaha Illa Anta Subhanaka
This short dua also encompasses the concept of tawheed, one of the most basic tenets of Islam. By reciting this dua, you consciously declare that Allah (swt) is the only deity, the exalted one. You then express humility by admitting your faults and weaknesses.
I forget who said this—I believe it was Hazrat Ali—but the message remains valid: the worst sin is the one a sinner takes lightly. We should continually repent to Allah (swt) whenever we have a moment of free time. We are all guilty of not making the best use of our time; some are better than others, but we can all improve. We should strive to have as little idle time as possible.
This is why we should include this profound verse in our diverse collection of duas and azkar. The best form of dhikr is reciting the Quran with an understanding of its meanings.
la ilaha illa anta subhanaka meaning in urdu
لَا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اَنْتَ سُبْحَانَکَ اِنِّیْ کُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِیْنَ
”تیرے سوا کوئی معبود برحق نہیں، پاک ہے تو، بیشک میں ہی ظالموں میں سے ہوں۔”.
There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed I have been of the wrongdoers. (At-Tirmidhi)
la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin meaning