Heavenly Consolation

Surah Ad-Duha

Surah Ad-Duha – The morning hours

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

  1. By the forenoon (after sunrise).
  2. By the night when it darkens (and stand still).
  3. Your Lord (O Muhammad[saw]) has neither forsaken you nor hates you.
  4. And indeed the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).
  5. And verily, your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be well-pleased.
  6. Did He not find you (O Muhammad[saw]) an orphan and gave you a refuge?
  7. And He found you unaware (of the Qur’an, its laws, and Prophethood) and guided you?
  8. And He found you poor and made you rich (self-sufficient with self-contentment)?
  9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression.
  10. And repulse not the beggar.
  11. And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces).

( Q 93:1-11)

The first of the two Surahs of consolation revealed to the prophet Muhammed when he was having a hard time during his mission delivering Allah’s message. Surah Ash-Sharh or somtimes called Al-Inshirah is the second Surah. One can better understand the Surah with the Tafsir/explanation. The Sealed Nectar provides a very inspiring biography of the Prophet which every Muslim needs to get familiar with.

Anyone knows that the Prophet was banished from the City of Makkah? With social and economic siege imposed on him and his clan, even those who do not accept Islam from among them too, it was a collective punishment, Subhannallah! They ran out of supplies and there was no food to the extent that they had to resort to eating leaves and the skin of animals, children cry for lack of food and the Prophet used to tie stone to his stomach to reduce the pangs of hunger. Can you imagine that?

That brings to mind a forward e-mail I got years back, there was this picture of a tiny little boy latched to the rear of a donkey or similar animal. The boy was only bones and skin, so was the animal Subhannallah! The questions are:

What was the relationship between the boy and the animal?

What was he doing at the rear of the animal?

Why were they both skeletal?

Where were the boy’s parents?

Where on earth was that place?

Where were the people?

What was going on?

All those questions do have answers and many more. On the e-mail it says, “the person that took the picture commits suicide!” Ya Rabbi! I found it extremely disturbing, that I could not sleep, thinking about it over and over again in my mind. If looking at the picture is so much unbearable and the one at the scene had to take his life as a result or for some other reasons(Allah knows best), how much more the one going through the ordeal!  That boy could be anyone, and that place could be any place on the surface of the earth. If the story of the Prophet seems remote, maybe the story of the boy can bring it just a bit closer to home.

May Allah (swt) grant those in hardship and calamities relief and spare us from such trials that will exceed our Iman.

Hardship in whatever its form, is a reality of life that everyone born of a woman will have to go through at a point in time. No, not just at one point in time, it comes at several stages of our journey in life. Some passes like a breeze we hardly notice, while others may stick to us and persist for a long time, even to the extent of losing hope of ever recovering.

If the Prophet went through it, how much more us ordinary mortals!

Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near! (Q 2:215)

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones. (Q 2:155-157)

Abu Sa’id and abu Huraira reported that they heard Allah’s Messenger (May peace be upon him) as saying: Never a believer is stricken with discomfort, hardship or illness, grief or even with mental worry that his sins are not expiated for him. (Sahih Muslim book 32:6242)

Some of the consolation we have from Allah(swt) regarding any hardship or trials we may encounter in life are as quoted above plus countless others from the Quran and Hadith of the Prophet. I try to remind myself this much and pray that I can stay resolute at times of hardship.

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