Chapter 26: Tired & Happy

Assalamualaikum and peace be upon you,

Dear readers,
It had been quite a while since my last post which was written in English. Somehow lately I felt my English is slipping away. Perhaps my intense reading in Bahasa and in Indonesian language divert the attention I used to have in English slightly. Anyway, here you go..another sharing by me in English that I sincerely hope may benefit you the way it benefited me or better insyaAllah.

Yesterday night was my weekly study circle with my fellow mates in which I found a very interesting and touching lessons. It was a sharing on Tafseer of Surah Ad Dhuha, the 93rd Surah of the Quran.

The Surah was revealed at the time when the Prophet was so down and feeling very much hopeless after having the long gap since the early revelations was revealed to him from Allah via Angel Jibril. The feeling was intensely experienced by the Prophet after the people of Mecca to whom he was doing da’wa to, were rejecting him and his da’wa, inviting them to believe in Allah. Doa upon doa he made asking for help and support, yet the revelation did not come. Imagine how was the feeling of the Prophet at that time. Only a handful few was with him including from his wife to support him, but he was longing for the support from his beloved one, Allah ‘azza wa jal. It is a feeling like someone who lived in the desert longing for cold water to rehydrate his drying lips and throat, like a man waiting and longing for his beloved one to make him happy and feeling strong again. That’s how it was like.

Then, at that point, this Surah was revealed. The Angel Jibril came to the Prophet and revealed to him the Surah…

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful,
1. By the Glorious Morning Light,
2. And by the Night when it is still,-
3. Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased.
4. And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present.
5. And soon will thy Guardian-Lord give thee (that wherewith) thou shalt be well-pleased.
6. Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)?
7. And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance.
8. And He found thee in need, and made thee independent.
9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness,
10. Nor repulse the petitioner (unheard);
11. But the bounty of the Lord – rehearse and proclaim!

The revelation rejuvenates the Prophet instantly. Verse upon verse were recited to him by Jibril, it was like a gushing water suddenly appear in the middle of a desert, smearing, cooling with the calming sensation a longing heart ever need. It was like a cool wind, soothing those who are in the middle of the desert heat, the same way exactly how the Prophet felt when the Surah was revealed. The Prophet was so happy and felt strong again when Allah said,

3. Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased.

It was a clear sign from Allah ‘azza wa jal that He had never left him alone. Allah reminded him that indeed the Prophet was His messenger and always there with him all the way in preaching the message of Islam to the humankind.

Allah reminded him of His uncountable blessings He has given to th Prophet since he was small whom he was an orphan and Allah has protected him by means of caring from his grandfather, Abdul Mutalib and his uncle, Abu Talib.

6. Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)?

It is Allah who gave him guidance and appointed him as His Messenger, when the Prophet went to search for the truth in the middle of Ignorance of the people who are far away from Allah..

7. And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance.

Also, Allah reminded him of His gift of Khadijah as his wife that very much supported him in many ways, including her wealth to support his da’wa.

8. And He found thee in need, and made thee independent.

But then, Allah also reminded him to become those who are grateful to all the blessings Allah has bestowed upon him by,

Treating the orphan with kindness not harshness, the way Allah used to care for him when he was a small, needy, helpless orphan.

9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness,

And helping those in need whenever they came to you for help and not being repulsive to them

10. Nor repulse the petitioner (unheard);

Although the verses was revealed to our beloved Prophet, but those verses are also meant to be for us to take lessons from too since the Quran was revealed by Allah to us, as a guidance that will guide us to a happy life in this world and the Hereafter we are all after. It is during the turbulence we remember Allah whilst we owe to remember Him all the time the same way he always with us all the time. He always looking after us with love and care by giving us parents and friends to whom we could share and feel the warmth of love and care bestowed by Allah to us. He gave us knowledge and understanding at the time we find things we learn in school and in lectures hard to grasp. He gave us money and food so we can continue to perform our duty in this world as His servant and His khalifa. But then, how can we show our gratitude to all His gifts and blessings? Be kind to others, the orphans, the needy in whatever capacity you have and always remembers Him by performing your prayers as a sign that you always remembers HIm and very much thankful to Allah ‘azza wa jal.

Those are among the lessons I somehow being touched to when read it back again although I used to read about it many times around. Yet, this time Allah has given me something invaluable for me to take lessons from and do it to others as a sign of my gratefulness to Him. I hope it occurs to you the same way it occurs to me.

May Allah bless us all and rewards us Jannah…

Wassalam

ThinkPlanAct

Source: Tafsir Fi Zilalil Quran by Syed Qutb (Surah Adh Dhuha)

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