Review of chapter-108

Surah Al-Kauthar

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The life of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was full of hardships and trials. Most of the people didn’t want to accept faith and neither did they want others to accept it. That is why they started tormenting the believers and tried to make life impossible for the Prophet (s.a.w). So he had to leave his home, his country, his wealth… On top of it there were the heartbreaking incidents in his personal life which he had to face one after the other… the death of his father even before he was born, then the death of his mother at such a tender age of 6… And after two years his grandfather who cared for him so much, also died… how difficult it must have been to have been raised up as an orphan… can we even imagine? But there must be something that gave him so much hope and optimism… there must be something which gave him so much courage and strength in the face of all difficulties… and that was his pure faith and constant relationship with Allah. Therefore at a time when he faced one of the most heart-breaking tragedies of his life, which was the death of his beloved son, Qasim, Allah sent this beautiful surah which gave him the most delightful glad tidings:

إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ {1}

O Muhammad, surely We have granted you The Kauthar (countless blessings)

The word “kauthar” is the name of a river in Paradise from which the Prophet (s.a.w) will give water to his loyal followers on the day of judgement. But in its broader meaning it refers to the vast magnitude of blessings and goodness bestowed on the Prophet (s.a.w). It made me feel so good to understand from this promise of Allah all the pain and sadness which our beloved Prophet went through was only temporary and the rewards which he got were timeless and endless. Therefore this surah has good news for all those who are working for the sake of Allah that even if they seem to be surrounded by the most impossible hurdles, they should never lose hope in the mercy of Allah… because for them are the ultimate blessings of Allah. And this is a promise for which we should be extremely grateful to Allah… so how should we express this gratitude?

فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ {2}

Therefore, offer Salah (prayer) to your Rabb and sacrifice.

So it means that praying salah is the best expression of appreciation and gratitude for Allah’s blessings. Along with it we should make some sacrifice too… like giving something in the way of Allah. These acts connect us more and more deeply with Allah and so our hearts find peace and security even though the whole world might be against us and our faith… Even when we seem to be overpowered with the attacks of the disbelievers, our hearts have this conviction that Allah’s support is with the righteous people and who ever dares to have enmity and hatred against Allah’s Prophet (s.a.w), will face the ultimate destruction:

إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ {3}

Surely your enemy is the one who will be cut off from the root.

On one hand this surah gives us assurance of Allah’s support and blessings but it also makes us think what kind of a relationship we have with our Prophet (s.a.w)? Just a verbal claim of love is not enough when our life style reflects total isolation from his blessed example. We must ask ourselves:

How much do we know of his life?

What is our effort towards creating any bond of love and familiarity with him?

So what kind of friends are we?

And if we are not his friends then what is our status in Allah’s eyes?

May Allah give us the wisdom to mend our ways before our time is up. We must make it our priority to learn about our Prophet (s.a.w) and follow his teachings and earn Allah’s pleasure… InshaAllah.

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