Something was causing me a great deal of grief and distress, and I started to think long and hard about how to get out of this situation by any means, but I could not find any way out… by the Mercy of Almighty ALLAH I came across this beautiful article by Dr. Farhat Hashmi. Surah Ad-Duha, its powerful message strongly moved my emotions and revived my optimism, Subhaan’ALLAH!
This is one of my most beloved Surahs of the Qur’aan because it became known to me at a time when I most needed it. It was the spring of 2005… I had been listening to the Tafseer of the Qur’aan for more than a year and had reached the 18th chapter, but quite often it seemed to me like my heart was still not free from negative and depressive thoughts. And it used to hurt me a lot that why the Qur’aan is not having a permanent healing effect on me. Why did I keep falling back to the same self-pity and hopelessness… So one night when I couldn’t sleep due to restlessness and anxiety, I just picked a book lying on my shelf, thinking that by reading a few pages I might be able to find some peace… the book was about the life of the Beloved Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and I started reading the same page where it had opened on its own. At first I couldn’t properly focus on the words but after a few lines there was an excerpt from the translation of the Qur’aan which held my heart with its stunning effect…
It was Surah Ad-Duha and I felt like it was a special message for me, coming directly from Almighty ALLAH… full of hope and love; reminding me that just as there are happy times full of light and life, similarly ALLAH puts us through difficult times in which there seems to be no light and no hope… but they are both a test… the brighter times are a test of our gratitude and appreciation and likewise the hard times are a test of our faith and patience…
Most of us are deceived by Shaitaan when we face any disappointment in life. Shaitaan makes us think that it is a sign of ALLAH’S displeasure or that HE (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) doesn’t care for us… whereas the fact is that ALLAH never forsakes a true Believer… and we should never lose hope in HIS Mercy.
Your Rabb has neither forsaken you (O Muhammad), nor is HE displeased. [Verse 3]
We have all experienced that the good times pass by too quickly but the difficult phases in life seem endless. Here ALLAH is giving us hope that even though the problems might seem bigger than mountains but ALLAH is bigger than every other thing. So HE (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) can solve all issues no matter how impossible they might seem to us. The road to ALLAH’S pleasure and forgiveness is full of hurdles but the end is very sweet.
And verily, your Lord will give you (all i.e. good) so that you shall be well-pleased. [Verse 5]
Certainly the later period shall be better for you than the earlier. Soon your Rabb shall grant you something with which you will be well-pleased.
Going back in the memory lane, I remember that these words were enough to open my eyes and I understood that my depression was nothing but an illusion created by Shaitaan and I was trapped in it due to the weakness of my own self. I realized that if I wanted to get rid of these illusions then I will have to strengthen my faith in ALLAH by focusing on the understanding of the Qur’aan and being conscious in my Salaat and Du’as. Just making this decision in my heart I seemed to be filled with a new energy… as if all of a sudden the darkness was replaced with a brilliant light. And when I read on to the next words, I was so moved by their truth that I started crying…
Did HE not find you [O Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)] an orphan and gave you a refuge? [Verse 6]
I cried because I felt the sadness of the small child who had been born to a widowed mother and she too left him at the tender age of 6… That was how our Beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) started His life… but then we see that He (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) grew up to be a man full of truth and honesty. There are no traces of self pity in His (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) brilliant character. Who gave Him (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) this confidence? The same ALLAH who guided Him (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) to the ultimate truth.
Did HE not find you lost and gave you guidance? [Verse 7]
My tears were not only for the Beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) but also for realizing the truth about my own life. For the first time I realized that the same ALLAH who cared for HIS Beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was caring for me, and the same ALLAH who guided Him (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was giving me the gift of guidance too… ALLAH has given us the same Qur’aan which was revealed on the heart of His Beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) but how many times have we been really grateful for this great gift? We cry for petty little deprivations of life because we don’t know the value of the Qur’aan and its guidance, which we keep ignoring. Hasn’t ALLAH given us so much that we cannot even count?
Did HE not find you poor and made you self-sufficient? [Verse 8]
We keep worrying over things which we don’t have. Or sometimes we feel proud of having so many blessings. But very few people realize that all blessings are a test. On the day of Judgement we will not be given any reward for what we had in life; but it will be seen how we used those gifts to please ALLAH TA’ALA… that is the real test. Therefore ALLAH TA’ALA is reminding us of some very important duties.
Therefore, do not treat the orphan with harshness. [Verse 9]
When we see any helpless person, we tend to feel superior… so we have to correct this attitude by thinking that we could also have been in the same situation. Therefore we should express our gratitude to ALLAH TA’ALA by being extra nice and helpful to the orphans and other needy people.
And as for the beggar; do not repel him. [Verse 10]
And finally ALLAH reminds us of our most important responsibility.
And as for the bounty of your Rabb; express it. [Verse 11]
Normally we are all the time grumbling and complaining about “how hard life is” but ALLAH TA’ALA is telling us here that we should not only focus on what we have, but also express it. And our greatest thanks should be for the greatest gift… and that is the gift of guidance. We should tell the whole world about the miracle of Qur’aan and how it changes our life and gives us the hope of eternal success… May Almighty ALLAH guide us all to that beautiful destination… Aameen!
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