Friday 23 September 2022

Sun never stopped setting for a human except for Yusha ibn Nun (A.S) on the evening he invaded the Bayt al-Maqdis

Yusha was the great grandson of Prophet Yusuf (AS). His full name was Yusha bin Nun bin Afraeem bin Yusuf. Although he is not mentioned by name in the Holy Quran there are references made to him in two places. He is known as Joshua in the Bible.

Joshua commanding Sun to stand still upon Gibeon (By John Martin--Wikipedia)

Yusha bin Nun was one of prophets sent to the Children of Israel after Prophet Musa, May peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both. Prophet Yusha was the one responsible for leading an army into Jerusalem and conquering it with the Children of Israel.

Joshua was with Moses when he descended from the mountain, heard the Israelites' celebrations around the Golden Calf, and broke the tablets bearing the words of the commandments.


After the Bani Israil fled bondage in Egypt and wandered the desert for 40 years Musa died close to Bayt al-Maqdis, often referred to as ‘The Promised Land’. Yusha took over and led the Bani Israil over the River Jordan and into the surroundings of Jericho (also known locally as Ariha).

Moses with Messengers from Canaan (WIKIPEDIA)

When Prophet Musa commanded the Children of Israel to go into Jerusalem to claim it, they refused because they feared its inhabitants, who were very strong people. They refused to fight them but Yusha was one of the people who tried to persuade them into going into battle with the inhabitants.


Due to their disobedience, Allah forbade them to be able to enter Jerusalem and they were made to wander in the desert for 40 years as mentioned in the Qur’an in verses 5:23-26.

Israelites crossing River Jordan

One of the wisdoms behind their wandering is said to be that Allah did not want anyone who had worshiped the calf to enter Jerusalem.


Therefore, after 40 years, that whole generation had passed away and the new generation was brought up under the direct teachings of Musa, Haroon, and Yusha.


It was this new generation under the leadership of Yusha that was allowed to enter Jerusalem with a victory.


It was a splendid city with large palaces. He laid siege over it for six months and then with a final push, raising the takbeer, he led his army in and conquered it. 

It is said that when they were about to take the city of Jerusalem it was on a Friday at Asr time. The sunset was close approaching which would subject them to the observance of the Sabbath (on Saturday), meaning that they would have had to cease fighting.


Yusha addressed the sun that it was under a command while he was under another command and he prayed to Allah, “O Allah, hold it back from setting!” It was stopped till Allah made him victorious.

Tomb of Yusha Ibne Nun (Jordon)

A hadith has been narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet () said, ”Surely, the sun has never been stopped from setting down for a human being except for Yusha on the evening he invaded the Bayt al-Maqdis.”

The Banu Isra’it lived in the Bayt Al-Maqdis for some time and their Prophet Yusha’ (AS) taught them the Torah and ruled according to it. He lived for a hundred and twenty seven years which means he lived twenty seven years after Musa (A.S).


Disclaimer–Blogger has prepared this short write up with help of materials and images available on net (Wikipedia). Images on this blog are posted to make the text interesting.The materials and images are the copy right of original writers. The copyright of these materials are with the respective owners.Blogger is thankful to original writers. 

No comments: