لا تفضلوني على يونس بن متى
Do not give me preference over Yunus ibn Matta
Al Albani says, “I do not know of any basis for it with this wording.”
Hafiz says, “It is said that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam made this statement before knowing that he was superior to all.”
The sahih narration reads:
لا ينبغي لعبد أن يقول أنا خير من يونس بن متى
It is not appropriate for a servant to claim, “I am better than Yunus ibn Matta.”
Another narration reads:
من قال إني خير من يونس بن متى فقد كذب
Whoever says, “I am indeed better than Yunus ibn Matta,” has certainly lied.
The Rawafid take the word “I” in the narration to mean Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
We should not forget that according to the Rawafid Sayyidina Yunus ‘alayh al Salam was punished by Allah since according to their understanding, Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala kept him in the belly of the fish due to his rejection of Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib’s radiya Llahu ‘anhu wilayah and did not take him out until he accepted it.
 Sharh al Tahawiyyah pg. 172.
 Fath al Bari vol. 6 pg. 413; Tuhfat al Ahwadhi Sharh al Tirmidhi vol. 8 pg. 429.
 Sahih Muslim Hadith: 2376.
 Tafsir Furat 13; Bihar al Anwar vol. 26 pg. 333; Basa’ir al Darajat pg. 22.Back to top