The search, at any given time, is for the story. The right story. The story which will guide us. The story which will inspire us.The story which will heal us. The story we need to hear. The story we need to tell.
As parents, we are intimately aware that the right story at the right time can do the work of a thousand and one everyday reminders, laying waste to all the reward charts in the world. And it is often when we become parents that we also become most thankful that we are rooted in a faith which teaches us through, literally, story after story about how to live in this world as our best selves and how to navigate any situation in the most sincere manner.
The Qur’an itself is, of course, not a storybook but it has stories within it. Stories which our Creator knows we need. Allah says “We tell you the best of stories in revealing this Quran to you.” (12:3). So whenever you find yourself in a situation which is unfamiliar, where you feel anxious or uncertain, search out the stories from our tradition which mirror your own circumstances and then use them as a guide to find your way through.
It is with this in mind, as many of us struggle with ‘lockdown life’ and social isolation, we wish to highlight and share a story tailor made for the very particular physical and spiritual space we find ourselves in now and one which has helped us and our families immensely.
It is the story of Prophet Yunus, peace be upon him, and the whale in which he found himself. We’ve recorded it as an audio story for you and your families to listen to.
This is a profound story. One which teaches us about understanding frustration, fear, isolation, mercy, being saved and being healed. It shows us what to do and what to say when the situation seems overwhelming and we are out of our own particular depths.
We hope you enjoy listening and discussing with your own families to reflect and find the meanings most valuable to you, as a bonus, we even have a little quiz you can download here.
Now, sit back, relax and click the link below to listen to this deeply touching story, the latest in our Mamanushka Storytime series.
May the One who saved Prophet Yunus, upon him be peace, save us all.
Illustration by: Zarina Teli